EJSIC College Football Top 25 – Week 9

This poll accounts for the games of week 9.

As always, if you disagree, feel free to whine about it in the comments section.

WEEK 1  |  WEEK 3  |  WEEK 4  |  WEEK 5  |  WEEK 6  |  WEEK 8  |  WEEK 9

1). Alabama – 222; @ (5)LSU
2). Kansas State – 216; vs Oklahoma St
3). Oregon – 206; @ (19)USC
4). Notre Dame – 199; vs PITT
5). LSU – 184; vs (1)Alabama
6). Georgia – 173; vs Ole Miss
7). Florida – 168; vs Mizzou
8). Ohio State – 156; vs Illinois
9). Florida St – 142; BYE
10). Clemson – 133; @ Duke
11). Oklahoma – 126; @ Iowa St
T12). Oregon St – 116; vs Arizona St
T12). South Carolina – 116; BYE
14). Louisville – 111; vs Temple
15). Texas A&M – 105; @ (16)Miss St
16). Mississippi St – 83; vs (15)A&M
T17). Nebraska – 74; @ Michigan St
T17). Stanford – 74; @ Colorado
19). USC – 62; vs (3)Oregon
20). Boise St – 60; vs SDSU
21). Arizona – 59; @ UCLA
22). Texas Tech – 53; vs Texas
23). Louisiana Tech – 32; vs UTSA
24). West Virginia – 19; vs TCU
25). Northwestern – 18; BYE

Others receiving votes: Toledo (16); UCLA (14);
Oklahoma St (12); Michigan (7); Texas (4);
Kent State (3).

EJSIC College Basketball Preview: Illinois Fighting Illini

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Illinois Fighting Illini
Champaign, IL, Big 10 Conference

Last Season - 17-15(6-12), 0-1 BTT, No postseason

Notable Players Gone: Meyers Leonard, Sam Maniscalco, Crandall Head

Returning starters: Brandon Paul, DJ Richardson, Tracy Abrams, Joseph Bertrand

Extended roles: Nnanna Egwu, Mycheal Henry, Sam McLaurin, Tyler Griffey, Mike Shaw, Devin Langford, Ibrahim Djimde

Notable Newcomers:
John Groce- Coach
Sam McLaurin- Coastal Carolina Transfer

Preseason Ranking: NR

Preseason Bracket Projections :N.otI.nT.ourney

Early Season Tournament: Maui Invitational, USC and Texas/UNC/Butler/Marquette possible

Projected Starting 5:
PG: Brandon Paul/Tracy Abrams
SG: Brandon Paul/DJ Richardson
SW: Joseph Bertrand
F: Myke Henry
C: Nnanna Egwu


It’s NIT or bust for the Fighting Illini

The Illini have fallen on some hard times of late and are no longer the perennial contender for conference champion they once were. After starting last season 15-3, including big wins over Gonzaga and Ohio State they were considered one of the B10′s surprise teams and appeared destined for not only a spot in the dance but a high seed. Unfortunately, the bottom fell out as they went 2-12 the rest of the way losing their ticket to the dance, losing their N.I.T. congratulatory call, and ultimately losing longtime coach Bruce Weber along with the rest of his coaching staff.

So after a half bungled if not fully bungled coaching search, in comes John Groce to try and give what has been a manically bipolar and underachieving team some stability. Groce certainly has some talent on his roster with several high 4* starters and bench players including the dynamic Brandon Paul who should be near the top of the B10 in scoring this year, but with no true point guard on the roster and the giant void left in the frontcourt by lottery pick Meyers Leonard’s early exit, this appears to be a rebuilding year for Illinois in a tough B10.

In fact, this team is projected to finish 10th at best in conference this year, above only Penn State and Nebraska. But that might be just what Illinois needs to get some stability- a year where they start far under the radar with little to no expectations. And if teams overlook this team, the Illini can certainly stun them, as the only thing Illinois did better than losing in stunning and brain hemorrhaging fashion the last fwe years was knocking off elite teams in electrifying fashion.

For Illinois to be successful this year they need Brandon Paul to duplicate his play from last year where at times he was almost unstoppable on offense and extremely pesky on defense. The problem is he didn’t do this consistently. But to truly have success, Illinois is going to need DJ Richardson to start making open threes and playing the defense he’s capable of. He has not been anywhere near the player who won the B10 Freshman of the year award three years ago. And that’s not even going into how much Nnanna Egwu and Sam McLaurin will have to step up this year as Illinois does not have any significant interior presence returning form last year or the fact that Illinois was one of the worst ball-handling teams in the NCAAs last year… So can Illinois be successful this year? Yes, but it’s unlikely and the success will be muted.

My Predictions:
2012-2013 Regular Season Record:
17-15 (7-11 B1G Record, 8th place finish)

#8 seed in BTT: 1-1 Record
NIT Berth- Loss in quarterfinals

EJSIC College Basketball Top 25 – 2012-13 Pre-Season

Pre-Season | Week 1

YAY BASKETBALL! The time has finally arrived for the first EJSIC College Basketball Top 25. I know the season hasn’t started yet, but opinions are totally better than facts. I think.

Remember that this poll is generated via a combined ballot from the polls submitted by EJSIC Message Board posters. If you would like to have your poll included in the combined ballot, post it on the Message Board in the appropriate thread. If you can’t find the thread, you probably shouldn’t be voting…

So… Without further ado… Here’s our poll.

1) Louisville (9) – 295
2) Kentucky (1) – 274
3) Indiana (1) – 259
4) Ohio St – 252
5) Kansas – 245
6) NC State – 224
7) Michigan – 207
8) Arizona – 198
9) Duke – 197
10) Florida – 195
11) UCLA (1) – 191
12) North Carolina – 164
13T) Syracuse – 144
13T) Michigan St – 144
15) UNLV – 117
16) Creighton – 107
17) Baylor – 101
18) Memphis – 95
19) San Diego St – 85
20) Missouri – 80
21) Gonzaga – 58
22) Wisconsin – 49
23) Notre Dame – 47
24) Murray St – 30
25T) VCU – 22
25T) Texas – 22

Others Receiving Votes: Ohio (17), St. Louis (16), Florida St (15), Tennessee (12), Pittsburgh (9), Kansas St (8), Cincinnati (6), St. Mary’s (4), St. Joe’s (3), Marquette (3), Drexel (2), Texas A&M (2), New Mexico (1)

UNC Men’s College Basketball Preview (sent to me by Dan Kane)

Despite my best efforts, UNC will be playing basketball this season. I have done everything I can, scouring PackPride for the latest rumors and gossip and seeking out classes where students wrote papers instead of taking exams for their final grade, to link the AFAM scandal and football player plagiarism directly to Roy Williams but so far I have not been successful. I remain hopeful, however, and refuse to let the matter die.

Don’t worry, folks, I’m taking the UNC basketball ship down!

So, unfortunately, UNC will take the court in the first game of the season with Roy still at the helm and no academic suspensions caused by my investigations this summer. The pressure will be on Reggie Bullock, Leslie McDonald and Dexter Stickland to be strong leaders on a very young team with players that will be question marks (and I don’t just mean about their eligibility). James Michael McAdoo, who by virtue of his last name stinks to high heaven of cheating, will have to step up and deliver on the promise he showed while filling in for John Henson after he was injured in the tournament.

P.J. Hairston continues not to dazzle, so it won’t be so bad for him when the season is vacated after I uncover that one of the classes he took last year did not have a text book, which is just another example of UNC’s long history of academic fraud. Whoever heard of a class without a textbook?

UNC is expecting big things from Marcus Paige, who I’m sure was paid $200,000 by UNC to attend because of some designer clothing I think I’ve seen him wear, but I just can’t prove it yet. UNC fans are also excited about J.P. Tokoto, who is being compared to that cheater Vince Carter, but I doubt he’ll get much playing time because he’s from Wisconsin, which is Big 10 country, a conference that features known cheaters Ohio State. I’m sure there’s a connection somewhere that will lead to his suspension midway through the season.

Final predictions: 0-28 (season will be vacated)
Vacated ACC tournament runner-up
Vacated 2nd round of NCAA tournament appearance

EJSIC College Football Top 25 – Week 8

This poll accounts for the games of week 8.

Look out Alabama: Both Florida and Kansas State leap-frogged Oregon into the 2 and 3 spots, respectively, and are closer to Alabama than anybody has been all year. the Tide, Gators, and Wildcats all play ranked teams this weekend, however, while Oregon gets Colorado at home. Watch ‘em hit 100…

Something’s Gotta Give: Only 1 tie in our poll this week, at #7. Notre Dame and Oklahoma each received 165 points. They most likely will not be tied in the next poll, as they play each other this weekend.

The Big Least?: Voters STILL are not showing confidence in the undefeated teams from the Big East, Rutgers and Louisville. They can’t seem to get above the #19 ranking. If they wonder why, they might take a look at their schedule…

As always, if you disagree, feel free to whine about it in the comments section.

WEEK 1  |  WEEK 3  |  WEEK 4  |  WEEK 5  |  WEEK 6  |  WEEK 8

1). Alabama (4)
214 pts…..7-0…[LW: 1]…SAT vs (11)Miss St.
2). Florida (2)
213………..7-0…[3]…….SAT @ (14)Georgia
3). Kansas St (2)
208………..7-0…[4]…SAT vs (12)Texas Tech
4). Oregon (1)
202………..7-0…[2]………..SAT vs Colorado
5). LSU
6). Oregon St
174………..6-0….[7]…….SAT @ Washington
T7). Notre Dame
165………..7-0…[5]…..SAT @ (T7)Oklahoma
T7). Oklahoma
165……….5-1…[8]…..SAT vs (T7) Notre Dame
9). USC
150……….6-1…[10]………….SAT @ Arizona
10). Ohio St
129……….8-0…[11]……SAT @ Penn State
11). Mississippi St
123……….7-0…[15]……..SAT @ (1)Alabama
12). Texas Tech
107……….6-1…[17]…….SAT @ (3)K-State
13). Florida St
105……….7-1…[12]…………..SAT vs Duke
14). Georgia
103……….6-1…[13]……..SAT vs (2)Florida
15). Clemson
95………….6-1…[14]….THU @ Wake Forest
16). Stanford
81…………..5-2…[21]……….SAT vs Wash St
17). South Carolina
79…………6-2…[9]…….SAT vs Tennessee
18). Texas A&M
69…………5-2…[16]…………Sat @ Auburn
19). Rutgers
64………….7-0…[22]……SAT vs Kent State
20). Louisville
61………….7-0…[19]……SAT vs Cincinnati
21). Ohio
43…………7-0…[24]…….SAT @ Miami(OH)
22). Michigan
39………..5-2…[25]…SAT @ (25)Nebraska
23). West Virginia
24). Boise State
25………….6-1…[NR]…….SAT @ Wyoming
25). Nebraska
23………….5-2…[NR]..SAT vs (22)Michigan

Others receiving votes: Texas (18); Wisconsin (14); Arizona(10);
Toledo (8); Louisiana Tech (6); Cincinnati (5); Iowa State (5);
Northwestern (5); Arizona State (1); Penn State (1); TCU (1)

EJSIC College Basketball Previews: Drexel Dragons

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Drexel Dragons
Philadelphia, PA, Colonial Athletic Association

Last Season: 29-7(16-2), Lost to Umass in NIT Quarterfinal

Notable Players Gone: Sammie Givens

Notable Players Returning: Damion Lee, Frantz Massenat, Derrick Thomas, Chris Fouch, Dartaye Ruffin, Daryl McCoy, Aquil Younger, Kazembe Abif.

Notable Newcomers: None

Preseason Ranking: I’ve seen anywhere from 25 – 35

Preseason Bracket Projections: ESPN projects Dragons as a #9 seed in the East, CBS Sports projects Dragons as a #9 seed in the South

Early Season Tournament: DirecTV Classic, facing St. Mary’s in Round 1

Projected Starting 5: PG: Frantz Massenat, SG: Derrick Thomas, SF: Damion Lee, PF: Dartaye Ruffin, C: Daryl McCoy 6th Man: Chris Fouch

Can Bruiser Flint build on last season’s success at Drexel?


The Dragons come into the year with a chip on their shoulder after having being left out of the NCAA Tournament last year despite the fact they had 27 wins in the regular season and conference tournament. Expectations have not been higher in the Bruiser Flint era, and for good reason as they return 6 of their 7 leading scorers from last year’s team.

The Dragons feature CAA Preseason player of the year in Frantz Massenat to run the point, along with fellow 1st team all CAA preseason selection in Damion Lee. To add to the back court depth, Flint also can run out all CAA honorable mention Chris Fouch off the bench for instant offense. And don’t sleep on Derrick Thomas’ production either, who was suspended for the CAA Tournament last year and was a crucial piece for the Dragons all season. The front court will have to replace the steady and reliable Sammie Givens, but Dartaye Ruffin and Daryl McCoy are primed for break out seasons in their new roles.

This could be a very special year for the Dragons, ala Murray State last year, they have the experience, coaching and schedule to have a very successful season this year and return to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1996.

2012-2013 Regular Season Record:
26-3(17-1 CAA Record ahead of GMU, ODU and Delaware)

#1 Seed in the CAA Tournament: 3-0
#6 Seed in NCAA Tournament
Sweet 16 – Lose to Syracuse

EJSIC College Basketball Previews: Minnesota Golden Gophers

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Minnesota Golden Gophers
Minneapolis, MN, Big 10 Conference

Last Season: 23-15(6-12), Lost to Stanford in NIT Championship

Notable Players Gone: None(Ralph Sampson doesn’t count)

Notable Players returning: Trevor Mbakwe, Rodney Williams, Andre Hollins, Austin Hollins, Julian Welch, Joe Coleman, Elliot Eliason, Andre Ingram

Notable Newcomers:
Wally Ellenson – 3* SG from Rice Lake, WI
Charles Buggs – 3* PF from Arlington, TX

Preseason Ranking: Most have the Gophers anywhere from 25-30

Preseason Bracket Projections: ESPN projects Gophers as #7 seed in the East. CBS Sports projects Gophers as a #6 seed in the West.

Early Season Tournament: Battle for Atlantis, face Duke in Round 1

Projected Starting 5: PG: Andre Hollins, SG: Austin Hollins, SF: Joe Coleman, PF: Rodney Williams, C: Elliot Eliason, 6th Man: Trevor Mbakwe

Trevor Mbakwe looks to elevate the Golden Gophers in the B1G.

Expectations haven’t been higher in the Twin Cities entering the season since Tubby came to Minnesota in 2007. The Gophers will return all 5 starters from the group that led them through the NIT as well as a potential All-American candidate in Mbakwe, with early reports indicating that he will be coming off the bench to start the year, following successful ACL surgery last year.

The season will really hinge on the guard play, and how well they improved over the summer. Former 4* star recruit Andre Hollins showed his potential during the NIT run and is set up to have a very good Sophomore year. Look for Joe Coleman to play more consistently after a very up and down Freshman season. As well as Austin Hollins, who is the Gophers best perimeter threat, but needs to play more physical on the defensive side of the ball. I’m also really looking forward to Freshman SG Wally Ellenson coming off the bench who projects to be the best shooter off the bench this year and could be a big asset for the Gophers. The Gophers should have one of the best front courts in college basketball with Rodney Williams(a projected 2nd rounder), Mbakwe(a projected 1st rounder) and then able big bodies in Elliot Eliason, the return of a healthy Mo Walker(missed all of 2011-2012) and PF Andre Ingram.

One thing the Gophers need to improve on in 2012-2013 to be a top 3 team in the B1G, is to improve on late game situations. The Gophers blew a ton of close games down the stretch in which they lead late, and made games much closer than they should have been in games they ultimately won, the MTSU and Washington games come to mind in the NIT run.

2012-2013 Regular Season Record:
22-9 (11-7 B1G Record, behind IU, Michigan, Ohio State and Michigan State)

#5 seed in B1G Tournament: 0-1 Record
#7 seed in NCAA Tournament
Round of 32 – Lose to Syracuse

EJSIC College Basketball Previews: Creighton Bluejays

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Creighton Bluejays
Omaha, NE, Missouri Valley Conference

Last season: 29-6 (lost to North Carolina in the round of 32)

Notable players gone: Antoine Young

Notable players returning: Doug McDermott, Gregory Echenique, Grant Gibbs, Jahenns Manigat, Ethan Wragge, Josh Jones, Austin Chatman, Avery Dingman, Will Artino

Notable newcomers: Nevin Johnson, Geoffrey Groselle, Andre Yates, Isaiah Zierden

Preseason Rankings: Mostly in the 14-20 ranking area. A couple of publications had CU around 10, but most of the reputable organizations predict Creighton in the lower teens nationally.

Can Doug McDermott can the Bluejays to new heights this season?

The loss of PG Antoine Young to graduation is big, but Chatman is a better defender and extremely quick. He saw a lot of meaningful playing time at the end of last season.

Despite what North Carolina fans think, Creighton needs become more physical and aggressive defensively, especially on the perimeter. They were extremely bad nationally in regards to points allowed, and always let the opponent’s best player go off for a high scoring game. In order to be relevant nationally this season, they need to improve considerably on the defensive end.

I think Creighton will do a better job of using Grant Gibbs this season. While everyone will key on McDermott and Echenique (who spent the summer playing for the Venezuelan national team), Gibbs is the glue holding the team together. He is pretty much a triple-double waiting to happen, with one of the best assist to turnover ratios in the country. However, Gibbs has bad knees, and wore down at the end of last season. Expect his minutes to be limited (20-25 min/game) until conference season.

Will McDermott match his numbers (23.2 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 61.0 fg pct., 49.5 3-pt fg pct.) from last season? I don’t think so, mainly because every opponent will double him. This means that others need to step up. Expect Wragge, Jones, Manigat, and Dingman to fill in additional scoring with perimeter shooting.

2012-13 regular season record prediction:
27-4 (16-2 to win Missouri Valley ahead of Illinois State, Wichita State and Northern Iowa)

3-0 in MVC Tournament
#5 seed in NCAA tournament
NCAA Sweet 16 appearance

Final record: 32-5