The alpha of the 2018–19 academy basketball division is beneath than a anniversary away, and what happens aing is anyone’s guess. Still, we asked a console of six writers to boring into the bright brawl and accomplish his or her picks for the Final Four, civic champ, amateur of the year, beforehand team, overrated aggregation and more, and the after-effects reflect the wide-open activity branch into this year. Nine altered teams accustomed votes to accomplish the final weekend, and there were four altered picks for civic champion. The accustomed dejected bloods are all accepted to be contenders again, but beneath acceptable faces like Tennessee, Nevada and Kansas State are accessible to agitate up the civic picture.
Our Final Four and darkhorse picks are below, followed by predictions for a cardinal of added categories above the sport.
Dan Greene: Kentucky. Drillmaster K may accept brought this year’s best NBA-buzzworthy apprentice chic to Durham, but what John Calipari has in Lexington is a aggregation that could win it all on this level. It’s a alloy of actual accomplished freshmen (three of the accord top 15, additional two added in the top 35), aftermost year’s actual accomplished freshmen who are now sopres (most conspicuously advanced PJ Washington), and the attenuate appulse adept (forward Reid Travis, a alum alteration from Stanford and backstab All-Pac-12 first-teamer). It’s the array of mix that has ahead resulted in an best run to the Final Four (in 2015) and a civic appellation (in 2012). That bodes able-bodied for the Wildcats’ affairs at the latter.
Jeremy Woo: Gonzaga. Of the aristocratic teams, the Zags accept the best ambrosial admixture of experience, aptitude and continuity. This aggregation went to the championship adventurous two years ago (when best of its key players were underclassmen), endured a difficult agitated accident in aftermost season’s Sweet 16, and could be on the bluff of a breakthrough. Any or all of Killian Tillie, Rui Hachimura and Zach Norvell could booty above accomplish advanced [Editor’s note: Killie was arise Tuesday night to be out eight weeks with a accent fracture]. Alteration Brandon Clarke is a actuality of absorption and will advice alter the ancient Johnathan Williams. A scattering of accomplished underclassmen will to abounding out the rotation. The key will acceptable be chief Josh Perkins, who has apparent the talent, if not the consistency, to beforehand Gonzaga abysmal into March. Best of the added austere preseason contenders will accept to cobweb new genitalia together, and few of them acknowledgment activated decision-makers in the backcourt. Mark Few’s teams accept been inching afterpiece to glory, and this feels like it could be the year.
Jake Fischer: Gonzaga. The Bulldogs are artlessly loaded, experienced, accomplished and loooong. Arch drillmaster Mark Few will accept added than an abounding befalling to avenge the Zags’ 2017 appellation accident with this year’s group. Star-studded freshmen classes aside, it will be boxy for any affairs to adverse a stud chief point bouncer in Josh Perkins, a ridiculously able-bodied frontcourt bike in Rui Hachimura and Killian Tillie and commutual alfresco blackmail Zach Norvell—on both abandon of the floor.
Emily Caron: Duke. There’s not a accomplished lot teams are activity to be able to do to stop Duke’s abounding aggregation this season—aside from bout its production, which is abundant easier said than done. The Dejected Devils’ apprentice chic brings in incomparable aptitude in R.J. Barrett, Cam Reddish, Zion Williamson, Tre Jones and four-star Joey Baker. Jones is a aces facilitator who will be amidst by unstoppable scorers. While things could attending a little blowzy on the arresting end with such a adolescent team, it’s still activity to be adamantine for akin the country’s best competitors to accommodate Duke, akin if Duke can’t accommodate them.
Max Meyer: Kansas has a NPOY adversary (Dedric Lawson) and a abeyant one-and-done ablaze that could end up as a top-10 aces in the accessible NBA abstract (Quentin Grimes). The Jayhawks’ bank assemblage abandoned could apparently accomplish the NCAA tournament. Key contributors from aftermost year’s Final Four band Udoka Azubuike and Lagerald Vick are back. This aggregation is actually loaded with actual few holes, so I’ll cycle with Bill Self’s band to cut bottomward the nets.
Molly Geary: Gonzaga. I was appealing aerial on the Zags activity into aftermost March, and while it didn’t absolutely pan out I anticipate they’re akin bigger this year. Rui Hachimura appears assertive to backfire on the civic arena and Zach Norvell could breach out as able-bodied afterwards averaging 12.7 credibility and acid 37.0% from three as a freshman. The Bulldogs are apace efficient, with about all of their notable abiding players (a accumulation that additionally includes Killian Tillie, Josh Perkins and Corey Kispert) accepting acquaint an abhorrent appraisement of at atomic 119.0, per kenpom.com. They accept a chief point bouncer in Perkins and added a brace of underrated transfers in big man Brandon Clarke and bouncer Geno Crandall, the closing of whom attempt 41.7% from three aftermost year. And admitting arena in the weaker WCC, Gonzaga will be affluence action activated acknowledgment to a non-conference slate that includes North Carolina (in Chapel Hill), Washington and Tennessee.
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National Amateur of the Year
Greene: Luke Maye, North Carolina
Woo: Dedric Lawson, Kansas
Fischer: Luke Maye, North Carolina
Caron: Luke Maye, North Carolina
Meyer: Carsen Edwards, Purdue
Geary: Dedric Lawson, Kansas
Freshman of the Year
Greene: R.J. Barrett, Duke
Woo: Zion Williamson, Duke
Fischer: R.J. Barrett, Duke
Caron: R.J. Barrett, Duke
Meyer: Nassir Little, North Carolina
Geary: Zion Williamson, Duke
Greene: Marquette. Steve Wojciechowski’s Golden Eagles accept accomplished aloof one NCAA clash in his four seasons at the helm, a one-and-done actualization as a No. 10 berry in 2017. Their offense, led by bouncer Markus Howard (45.4% from three for his career), has ranked amid the 12 most-efficient the aftermost two seasons, but their aegis has been their demise. This year four starters acknowledgment from an NIT quarterfinalist; amid some maturation and the accession of two acceptable defenders via alteration (6’ 3” bouncer Joseph Chartouny from Fordham, and 6’ 7” advanced Ed Morrow from Nebraska), Marquette seems a for some behind beforehand on that end of the floor. That would advice the Golden Eagles, well, breach through into civic appliance again.
Woo: Washington. Continuing in my newfound role as Pacific northwest hypeman: the Huskies accept a base adventitious to win the Pac-12 in Mike Hopkins’s additional division in Seattle. Afterwards acceptable a hasty 21 amateur aftermost year and affairs into the 2–3 area Hopkins alien from Syracuse, Washington gets anybody aback and rolls out a counterbalanced circling led by high-scoring bouncer Jaylen Nowell, antecedent Pac-12 arresting amateur of the year Matisse Thybulle and post-up blackmail Noah Dickerson. This was already a allegiant arresting unit, and addition year calm should aftermath assets on both abandon of the ball. With the conference’s acceptable admiral all retooling, there’s accomplished befalling for the Huskies to booty a bound this season.
Fischer: Mississippi State. Afterwards extensive the NIT semifinals aftermost season, arch drillmaster Ben Howland allotment an experienced, battle-tested band that should be a for the Big Dance. The Bulldogs haven’t appeared in the NCAA clash aback 2009. Accomplished brothers Quinndary and Nick Weatherspoon arise set to alpha alongside one another. Big man Aric Holman is addition year earlier and stronger. Howland’s aggregation boasted the 40th-stoutest aegis in the country a division ago, per kenpom.com. Should Mississippi State abide annoying on that ancillary of the floor, its accepted abhorrent beforehand (the aggregation collectively attempt a abominable 31.9%) could accept the Bulldogs as a base Sweet 16 team.
Caron: Nebraska. The Cornhuskers could absolutely do it this year. Nebraska showed notable improvements aftermost season, notching 13 wins in the Big Ten in a 22-win season. They acknowledgment a leash of accomplished seniors in James Palmer Jr, Isaac Copeland Jr. and Glynn Watson Jr., while an bigger Isaiah Roby allotment as able-bodied to complete Nebraska’s top-four arch scorers. If a few of the adolescent guys can footfall up for the Cornhuskers, Nebraska should be a abiding NCAA clash team. It’s got accurate arresting prowess, abhorrent abeyant and accomplished accomplished players to beforehand the charge.
Meyer: LSU. Tremont Waters was one of the best point guards in the country aftermost division … as a accurate freshman. He averaged 15.9 points, 6.0 assists and 2.0 steals per game, and his achievement expedited the alteration action in Baton Rouge beneath Will Wade. LSU additionally brings in two awful admired recruits in Naz Reid and Emmitt Williams. In what abstracts to be a able SEC overall, the Tigers accept the aptitude to accomplish a abruptness run aing to the top.
Geary: Washington. Accepting a year of arena in Mike Hopkins’s 2–3 area beneath their belt will alone advice the Huskies defensively, and Matisse Thybulle is agilely one of the nation’s best defenders. Jaylen Nowell had an acutely absorbing apprentice year and could booty his adventurous to the aing akin if he improves his three-point attempt (35.1%) a bit, and Noah Dickerson is aback to man the acrylic as a chief afterwards a 15.5 ppg, 8.4 rpg season. Not to apprehend too abundant into an October exhibition, but Washington had its way in the additional bisected with a preseason top-10 Nevada team, and that was afterwards Dickerson available. If the Huskies’ breach shows up this year added generally than not, they’ll accomplish affluence of noise.
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Greene: Purdue. Matt Painter is a acceptable coach. Carsen Edwards is amid the country’s best players. But I’m pumping the brakes on these Boilermakers actuality amid the country’s 25 best teams. As ablaze a scorer and playmaker as Edwards is, Purdue is activity to absence the arch four-man chief chic that abounding the blow of aftermost season’s lineup, and the best accurate amateur amid their replacements is Evan Boudreaux, who starred at Dartmouth but is authoritative a bound from the Ivy League to the Big Ten. In a appointment that doesn’t attending to be actual forgiving, I’ll delay and see with the Boilers.
Woo: Michigan State. I get that the Big Ten is adequately bank again, but I’m not hasty to acme the Spartans in any way, appearance of form. It’s consistently accessible to absence into the cessation that a Tom Izzo-coached aggregation will end up in acceptable shape, but bethink that 1) this aggregation was decumbent to austere fits of abhorrent abstention aftermost season, 2) their two best players were NBA action picks and 3) there’s apparently an arbitrary bulk of albatross now benumbed on Cassius Winston. The inferior bouncer is one of academy basketball’s added accomplished playmakers now, but isn’t an atomic attempt creator. Nick Ward has been in and out of the aversion and may not be a constant go-to advantage in the post. Big Ten amateur accept a addiction to bog bottomward and articulation on late-game execution, and I admiration if the Spartans will be afresh bedeviled by an disability to adjure up big credibility aback they charge them. They should be a clash aggregation again, but that may be it.
Fischer: Kentucky. Yes, John Calipari has one of his added teams in Wildcats history, but I’m agnostic of aloof how accomplished this UK band is in reality. On paper, the Wildcats may be the top aggregation in the land. You won’t acquisition abounding bigger PJ Washington admirers than myself. Reid Travis is a huge alteration add from Stanford. But Nick Richards and Quade Green struggled mightily with bendability a year ago while Keldon Johnson and Tyler Herro are far from Kentucky’s top freshmen chic during the Calipari era. This is a preseason top-five team, for sure. But I’m agnostic we’ll see them beforehand accomplished the Sweet 16.
Caron: Tennessee. Admitting bringing aback its absolute agenda from aftermost season’s No. 3 NCAA berry and SEC regular-season co-champion team, Tennessee still looked limited. The Vols couldn’t accomplish it accomplished the additional annular of March Madness, and I’m agnostic of what drillmaster Rick Barnes can abide to do with beneath aptitude than abounding of the added SEC contenders (reigning SEC amateur of the year Grant Williams notwithstanding). Considering the backbone of teams like Kentucky, Auburn, and akin Mississippi State and LSU, there’s too abundant abyss and too abounding boxy contenders for me to accept aplomb in Tennessee’s No. 5 SI preseason ranking.
Meyer: Oregon should be advised a admired to win the Pac-12, but I don’t anticipate this Ducks aggregation authoritative it out of the aboriginal weekend in the NCAA tournament. Bol Bol and Louis King are two absorbing freshmen, and Payton Pritchard is a abiding point guard. But can the Ducks accomplish abundant abhorrent firepower? I don’t anticipate so, and I anticipate there will be an acclimation aeon for all these new pieces gelling.
Geary: Purdue. Not alone did the Boilermakers lose four starters, but all of them were seniors who spent four years arena calm in Matt Painter’s system. Losing that affluence of acquaintance makes it abundantly difficult to accept an akin semi-seamless transition, akin if you are led by a amateur as accomplished as Carsen Edwards. I anticipate the Boilermakers absolutely accept the abeyant to acquire their top-25 preseason ranking, primarily if Nojel Eastern proves accessible to footfall up and alteration Evan Boudreaux adapts able-bodied with the rigors of the Big Ten, but anybody alfresco Edwards is activity to be adjusting to a new role (and akin he will be impacted by his acknowledging casting changing), and that acceptable agency growing pains—especially aboriginal on.
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Mid-Major Aggregation to Watch
Greene: Marshall. Not alone will the Thundering Herd be good, but they’re the aggregation to watch because of how they’ll be good: by arena at one of the country’s fastest paces and accepting quick triggers from above the arc. Drillmaster Dan D’Antoni—brother of Rockets drillmaster Mike, appropriately that familiar-sounding arena style—brings aback four starters from a aggregation that agitated Wichita State as a No. 13 berry in March, including ablaze bouncer Jon Elmore (22.7 ppg, 6.8 apg, 5.8 rpg aftermost season). Also, Marshall was snubbed from our contempo compatible rankings.
Woo: Western Kentucky. The Hilltoppers avowal a austere mix of aptitude this season, and it’s added than aloof baddest apprentice centermost Charles Bassey—double-digit scoring guards Taveion Hollingsworth and Lamonte Bearden are back, and 6’6” green Josh Anderson has pro abeyant and should booty a footfall advanced on the wing. Alum alteration Desean Murray played a role for Auburn aftermost year and averaged 20 per adventurous at Presbyterian in 2015–16. There’s additionally some NBA fizz surrounding addition accurate freshman: 6’7” point bouncer Dalano Banton. The aptitude has to gel quickly, but it’ll be no shock to see Western Kentucky argue in Conference-USA and accomplish a run backward in the season. The aerodrome looks clear, at minimum.
Fischer: Northeastern. This is absolutely a adjudicator aces (full disclosure, this biographer is a appreciative Husky alum), about Bill Coen’s club was afresh called as the CAA’s preseason favorite, boasting an arguable appointment Amateur of the Year applicant in chief point bouncer Vasa Pusicia, aftermost year’s Arresting Amateur of the Year in Shawn Occeus and a abysmal circling of long, able wings that can abstract from outside. Toss in chief big man Anthony Green, and Northeastern has the compound to comedy bracket-buster in March.
Caron: Loyola-Chicago. Sister Jean and the Ramblers fabricated it to the Final Four aftermost March as an underdog mid-major. While Loyola-Chicago did lose two starters from aftermost year’s aerial Cinderella team, they additionally acknowledgment three of their best players. With Clayton Custer, a able guard, and Marques Towns—the team’s top-two scorers—running the backcourt and big man Cameron Krutwig, who’s assertive for a blemish season, the Ramblers could echo as a abruptness aggregation appear this spring.
Meyer: Davidson. Kellen Grady averaged 18 credibility in his apprentice division at Davidson, and is accessible to be the focal point of the aggregation with Peyton Aldridge gone. Grady and Jon Axel Gudmundsson accomplish up a baleful backcourt, and the Wildcats accept absolutely a few able shooters blowzy above the roster. There are questions apropos the frontcourt’s depth, but with the bulk of ambit scoring this aggregation has, Davidson should be advised the frontrunner in the A-10 and has the architecture of a abeyant No. 12 berry that no clash aggregation would appetite to face in the aboriginal weekend.
Geary: Harvard. The Crimson came aural four credibility of authoritative the NCAA clash aftermost March, and that was afterwards Bryce Aiken, the 2016–17 Ivy League Amateur of the Year who absent bisected of his green division with injury. Aiken was allotment of drillmaster Tommy Amaker’s top-25 recruiting chic aback in 2016, and that accumulation of juniors is accessible to banknote in in 2018–19. Aiken is healthy, Seth Towns is aback as the antecedent appointment amateur of the year and Chris Lewis allotment as a double-digit scorer—not to acknowledgment Harvard’s aing bristles leaders in credibility per game.
Greene: Rui Hachimura. Is it too abundant of a accommodation to aces the blemish anybody sees coming? The development of Hachimura’s talents over his two years aback activity to Gonzaga from Japan was axiomatic in aftermost year’s 25-points-in-25-minutes second-round assuming adjoin Ohio State, but conceivably aloof as importantly, Hachimura has a adventitious to breach out as one of the country’s best accepted players. He’s got the anatomy and adventurous of an NBA action pick, plays for a awful arresting affairs whose mid-major accomplished still eases accessible embrace, is artlessly fun to watch, and—with affliction to Yuta Watanabe—has a adventitious to be the aboriginal academy basketball ablaze from Japan. There’s a lot there to abduction the accessible imagination.
Woo: Jarrett Culver, Texas Tech. The Red Raiders alternate to appliance in a big way aftermost season, and Culver is assertive to booty the crimson from Keenan Evans as the go-to guy. He’ll accomplish a able case for the NBA abstract in the process. His admeasurement in the backcourt makes him a difficult mark, and he was a high-level spot-up scorer aftermost division as a accurate freshman. Culver will accept a added amount and added opportunities to actualize with the brawl in his hands, accustomed Texas Tech will charge him to be a primary scorer. His all-around accomplishment set and apparently abounding allotment of the breach appearance up nicely, and will be cardinal as his aggregation searches for means to overachieve in appointment play.
Fischer: Daejon Davis, Stanford. Davis was the aboriginal Cardinal in six years to acquire All-Freshman Pac-12 ceremoniousness while ambience the Stanford amateur abetment record. At 6′ 3″ with a abounding wingspan, that’s not abundant Davis can’t do on the court, announcement 10.7 points, 4.4 rebounds and 4.8 assists a year ago while acid 40.3% from three. If Davis trims his turnovers (4.0 per game), there’s annihilation continuing in the way of him claiming the reigns of this program, and conceivably arising as one of the best attic generals in the country.
Caron: De’Andre Hunter, Virginia. The redshirt green baby advanced had a arch division as a sixth man for Virginia, who accomplished as ACC approved division and clash champions and becoming a No. 1 all-embracing berry to the NCAA clash (we all apperceive how that ended). Hunter absent March Madness with a wrist injury, but with the abandonment of veterans Devon Hall and Isaiah Wilkins, Hunter is set to move into a starting role. The added account and albatross accompanying with his absorbing development throughout the division accept set him up for a standout division on addition accomplished Tony Bennett team.
Meyer: De’Andre Hunter, Virginia. His absence wasn’t the alone acumen why Virginia became the aboriginal No. 1 berry to lose to a No. 16 berry in NCAA men’s clash history, but it was a big one. As a freshman, he averaged 9.2 credibility per adventurous on 48.8% acid from the field. The advanced suffered a burst wrist afore March Madness, acid his division short. Hunter won’t put up video-game numbers in Tony Bennett’s system, but he is a accepted NBA aptitude and his progression as a green will be active to Virginia’s appellation hopes.
Geary: Myles Powell, Seton Hall. It may assume awe-inspiring to tab a amateur who averaged 15.5 credibility aftermost year as a blemish pick, but Powell flew beneath the alarm as the abandoned non-senior amateur on an accomplished Seton Hall squad. The blow of that amount is gone, including arch scorer and go-to advantage Desi Rodriguez, abrogation Powell as the one to footfall up and booty over the team. I anticipate he’s activity to accept a big, big year for the Pirates and be one of the best players in the Big East. He already bigger his alfresco acid and able acreage ambition allotment from apprentice to green year and could see addition bang afterwards a summer of work, admitting he’ll acutely be the focal point for opposing defenses now.
A Adventurous Prediction
Greene: Kansas’s band of at atomic administration the Big 12 appellation ends. It has to appear sometime. And while this division doesn’t assume set up for it to happen—the Jayhawks are SI’s preseason No. 1, and none of their appointment colleagues are ranked in the top 10—well, that’s what makes it d. With the program’s connected association in the FBI delving via affidavit bond it to declared payments to recruits and the actuality that Kansas State has a able chief led-lineup, there ability be abundant out of sorts in Lawrence for the Wildcats or West Virginia’s alarming frontcourt or akin Jamie Dixon’s antecedent TCU to accomplish a run at the crown.
Woo: Loyola-Chicago gets aback to the tournament’s additional weekend. Why not? The Final Four may be a big ask, but the Ramblers accompany aback several key players led by Clayton Custer and accept the firepower and purpose to win the Missouri Valley at minimum. This is a affairs congenital with the absorbed to stick around. Factor in a absence of acceptable mid-tier aerial above programs, and Porter Moser’s accumulation may able-bodied end up positioned to comedy addle-brain already again. It’ll aloof be beneath hasty this time.
Fischer: The NCAA adopts the Olympic model. This won’t happen, but the alert is at atomic an abounding amplitude to accomplish the case. We’ve afresh accomplished a weeks-long federal bent balloon that followed a years-long federal clandestine analysis that has amount millions of aborigine dollars alone to prove a agglomeration of accoutrement companies, academy coaches, agents and banking managers are accusable of accouterment money to kids who aren’t paid for their casework while their schools and the NCAA generates millions in revenue. The simple fix: Adopt the Olympic model, acceptance players to acquire non-basketball-related income. If players can assurance with agents and ink endorsement deals with bounded business and civic brands alike, it will annihilate the charge for schools and agencies to pay for these kids’ commitments all together, while the NCAA and schools will still about-face massive profits off not advantageous student-athletes themselves and rolling in countless funds from accumulated sponsorships and advertisement rights. It will still be valuable, let’s say, for Nike to accept its agitate on a Duke jersey, akin if Zion Williamson has already active with Puma.
Caron: Memphis allotment to the NCAA clash for the aboriginal time aback 2014. Afterwards a five-year hiatus, Penny Hardaway could be what the Tigers charge to acknowledgment to March Madness. They’ve got bags of adolescent aptitude in apprentice Antwann Jones, Tyler Harris and Alex Lomax and could calmly abruptness the AAC.
Meyer: The SEC is the Best Appointment This Year… in Academy Basketball. Kentucky is one of the three best teams in the country. Tennessee and Auburn are bona fide appellation contenders. LSU, Florida and Mississippi State will coquette with a top-25 baronial throughout the season. Akin teams like Alabama and Vanderbilt will be boxy outs adventurous in and adventurous out. The SEC acclimated to be a bite band aback it came to academy hoops, but that’s no best the case.
Geary: The Big Ten sends added teams to the clash than the Big 12, article that’s happened alone already in the aftermost bristles seasons.
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