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    I am sure everyone has seen this and where we stack up according Andy Katz. I think this deserves its own thread just because we can talk not just about Duke, but others across the country. I usually like Andy and respect his work, but I don't agree with where he ranks us. I think he is totally basing this on where we finished this year which was a sour note. I think were better than 15 and I think we should be ahead of UNC. What are other thoughts? Kentucky too high? Indiana too high possibly?


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    Quote Originally Posted by ChicagoCrazy84 View Post
    I am sure everyone has seen this and where we stack up according Andy Katz. I think this deserves its own thread just because we can talk not just about Duke, but others across the country. I usually like Andy and respect his work, but I don't agree with where he ranks us. I think he is totally basing this on where we finished this year which was a sour note. I think were better than 15 and I think we should be ahead of UNC. What are other thoughts? Kentucky too high? Indiana too high possibly?


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    Cody Zeller is going to be a 1st team All-American. He's got all the skills Tyler has, but is more athletic and will be the focal point of that offense. I can see him putting up 18 and 12 every night.

    UK will be a notch below where they were this year. I dont see Noel as being as good as Davis was on the offensive end; Davis had the ball comfortably in his hands in the high post/on the perimeter a lot. Also, they captured magic in a bottle, blending in the freshmen with the existing roster. Well, there's no existing roster coming back for next year (most likely).

    NC State has too much up in the air right now and Unc has no proven go-to guy. Kansas wont have a go-to guy either. I dont see Withey as much more than a complimentary player, and Elijah will be good but not an All-American. Michigan is very intriguing with a 3-headed monster in Burke, Hardaway and McGary. UCLA could climb this list if they add Parker. Duke would climb a lot with Parker as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChicagoCrazy84 View Post
    I am sure everyone has seen this and where we stack up according Andy Katz. I think this deserves its own thread just because we can talk not just about Duke, but others across the country. I usually like Andy and respect his work, but I don't agree with where he ranks us. I think he is totally basing this on where we finished this year which was a sour note. I think were better than 15 and I think we should be ahead of UNC. What are other thoughts? Kentucky too high? Indiana too high possibly?


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    I have said it in a couple of other threads, but I think Katz has Kansas way too high, Syracuse too high, and us too low. He probably has Kentucky too high as well, though they'll be pretty good. I just don't think Harrow, Goodwin, Poythress, Wiltjer, and Noel with Cauley off the bench are as good as Teague, Lamb, Kidd-Gilchrist, Jones, and Davis with Wiltjer and Miller off the bench. I also think Michigan State is too high. It's not a very well thought out list.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CDu View Post
    I have said it in a couple of other threads, but I think Katz has Kansas way too high, Syracuse too high, and us too low. He probably has Kentucky too high as well, though they'll be pretty good. I just don't think Harrow, Goodwin, Poythress, Wiltjer, and Noel with Cauley off the bench are as good as Teague, Lamb, Kidd-Gilchrist, Jones, and Davis with Wiltjer and Miller off the bench. I also think Michigan State is too high. It's not a very well thought out list.

    I didn't even notice Michigan State there. Number 10 is way too high for them losing Green, Thornton, and Wood. I'm beginning to think as well he did not think this through very well. I don't understand how a nucleus of Curry, Dawkins, Kelly, and Plumlee is not better than McAdoo, Strickland, Bullock, and Hairston or Appling and Payne.

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    Not sure if this will be a popular opinion but I don’t really care…I like our spot on the list. The seniors on this team are National Champions and they have lost in the first round. They have experience on both ends. They have seen the highs and lows. I think 15 is a number that will motivate this team to prove something. Most Duke teams are chased from the start but this one will be fighting from the tip, pun intended. We will move up in the rankings next year. All due respect to A.R. but it was obvious, even to the mediocre Duke fans, that chemistry was not there this year. Experience and youth will drive this team. Sure, Parker and Jefferson would be nice but I like what we have to put on the floor. I think Murphy has a lot to offer and Seth has the chance to shine. Going to be a good year!

    BTW just turned on the Heat, Bulls game. Deng hit a three then Boozer backed it up with a jumper. I LOVE DUKE!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CDu View Post
    I have said it in a couple of other threads, but I think Katz has Kansas way too high, Syracuse too high, and us too low. He probably has Kentucky too high as well, though they'll be pretty good. I just don't think Harrow, Goodwin, Poythress, Wiltjer, and Noel with Cauley off the bench are as good as Teague, Lamb, Kidd-Gilchrist, Jones, and Davis with Wiltjer and Miller off the bench. I also think Michigan State is too high. It's not a very well thought out list.
    He also has Arizona and Creighton too low.

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    Goodman and Parrish update their premature top 26, giving Duke some credit for Mason's return and bumping us up to 12.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DevilBen02 View Post
    Goodman and Parrish update their premature top 26, giving Duke some credit for Mason's return and bumping us up to 12.
    I'd say that's spot on for pre-season Duke. Not quite in the Top 10, but not too far below it.
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    North C*rolina at ten is a joke of sorts.

    Florida should be higher. I really like its returning players, even considering the loss of Beal.

    Indiana's benefiting from a lot of wishful thinking. Putting a lot of pressure on sophomores and freshmen to perform. Everyone wants Indiana to be good because everyone likes Tom Crean and the lore of Indiana basketball. The Hoosiers will continue to improve and be a top 10 team, but yeesh.

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    I think Duke's ranking is about right at 12th. Most people remember Duke's lack of perimeter defense last year and how our offense looked stagnant at year's end. I also notice that they have listed Missouri as Alex Oriakhi's choice of schools. I hope they are correct and he does not end up at unc. But if his attitude is bad, then I might have to reconsider that hope. GoDuke!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Corey View Post
    North C*rolina at ten is a joke of sorts.

    Florida should be higher. I really like its returning players, even considering the loss of Beal.

    Indiana's benefiting from a lot of wishful thinking. Putting a lot of pressure on sophomores and freshmen to perform. Everyone wants Indiana to be good because everyone likes Tom Crean and the lore of Indiana basketball. The Hoosiers will continue to improve and be a top 10 team, but yeesh.
    Agreed that UNC is at least 5 spots high, especially in preseason.

    My biggest problem is Kentucky. Yes, they have another great recruiting class, but they won't have the good experienced players next season that they did this season (Jones (late lottery), Lamb (fringe 1st round) and Miller (leadership/glue guy) to go along with those freshman. Wiltjer and Harrow are the only "experience" 2013 UK will have. Also, other than Noel none of these freshman are close to the level of Davis, Kidd-Gilchrist or even Teague. Davis and Kidd-Gilchrist were game-changers and will be top 3 picks in the Draft. I think people see another #1 recruiting class and assume the players will be as good as this year's class. Not likely, IMO. They'll be top 10, but preseason #1 seems like a reach.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tbyers11 View Post
    Agreed that UNC is at least 5 spots high, especially in preseason.

    My biggest problem is Kentucky. Yes, they have another great recruiting class, but they won't have the good experienced players next season that they did this season (Jones (late lottery), Lamb (fringe 1st round) and Miller (leadership/glue guy) to go along with those freshman. Wiltjer and Harrow are the only "experience" 2013 UK will have. Also, other than Noel none of these freshman are close to the level of Davis, Kidd-Gilchrist or even Teague. Davis and Kidd-Gilchrist were game-changers and will be top 3 picks in the Draft. I think people see another #1 recruiting class and assume the players will be as good as this year's class. Not likely, IMO. They'll be top 10, but preseason #1 seems like a reach.
    I agree with all of this. I think the following will become clear once people actually see games:

    - Indiana is very good, but not necessarily great. I don't have a problem with them being rated high because they have a lot of returning talent and some nice incoming players.
    - Kentucky has a decent dropoff at PG, they lose a lot of shooting ability and ballhandling in Miller, Lamb, and Kidd-Gilchrist, and Noel isn't as good as Davis offensively, and they aren't as deep. There's talent there, but that's putting a lot of pressure on some very unproven players, and it isn't anywhere near the same skill set that departed.
    - Kansas has several nice complementary players, but they were REALLY reliant on Robinson and Taylor to create the offense. Without them, they'll still be very good defensively but not overly impressive offensively.
    - MSU being ranked in the top 10 is a joke. That team lived and breathed by way of Draymond Green. Without him and without the other two good shooters, they're completely unproven inside and outside. They'll have talented wings and rugged inside guys, but they won't have the difference maker like Green. They'll probably lose a bunch early, because Izzo always plays a tough non-conference schedule.
    - Syracuse in the Top 10 is similarly a joke. They lost all of their PG, their best player, their best interior player, and 4 of their 5 best scorers. They'll have talent, but they'll have limited depth (especially on the perimeter) and a lot of unproven guys. They'll win a lot early because they don't play anybody away from home until conference play, but they're not going to be that good.
    - UNC at 10 is less ridiculous, but still too high. Like Kansas, they have nobody who has proven to be able to create their own shot. They'll have a talented and experienced backcourt, but they'll lack in inside play unless they add somebody else. They could be great if McAdoo is great, but they could also be outside the top 25 if he isn't elite and the PG situation struggles (see 2010).

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    CBS also posted some Tempo-free predictions for 2012-13, and these numbers suggest that Duke will win the ACC.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DevilBen02 View Post
    CBS also posted some Tempo-free predictions for 2012-13, and these numbers suggest that Duke will win the ACC.
    I actually think these stats are completely reasonable. I might predict a bit more success for Florida and a little less success for Kentucky than his model is predicting, but otherwise I agree with a lot of this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DevilBen02 View Post
    CBS also posted some Tempo-free predictions for 2012-13, and these numbers suggest that Duke will win the ACC.
    From the article:

    The model says that based on history, Mike Krzyzewski won't have a bad defensive team two years in a row. Whether it will be recruit Rasheed Sulaimon or Tyler Thornton, someone will get more minutes on the perimeter and become a defensive stopper.
    I agree with this, but a lot is riding on just how well Rasheed Sulaimon plays on the defensive end next season.

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    IIRC, last October it was commonly thought, among the experts, that there were 3, possibly 4, likely-great teams for the 2011-'12 season: UNC, UK, tOSU, and [because of the very late addition of Drummond], UConn.

    As the season progressed, UK emerged more or less as predicted as [what passes these days for] a great team. Syracuse emerged as really good, but although they kept winning, skeptics chimed in that the 'Cuse was good, but not great. Then Melo was lost.

    UNC was excellent at times, and despite whatever [undoubtedly justified] venom toward the Heels might have emerged in these threads, plenty of folks were simply waiting to see if UNC, and HB, would wake up to give the country a great NC game v. UK. Then Marshall went down.

    At tOSU, Sullinger didn't quite dominate, and they were challenged by MichSt, UM, Wisc, even IU; so even though they were still a possible FF team, they were no longer perceived to be anywhere near great.

    UConn? No, something quite other than great in 2011-'12.

    Here we are with the way-early prognostications. With the possible, but in my view unlikely, exception of UK, I doubt we'll hear, next October, much talk about likely-great teams. In fact what is really striking to me is how close all these way-early top 25 teams are.

    Anybody want to assert that, on paper, any of these teams look to be as strong as October-2011 UNC/UK/tOSU, in terms of talent, experience, and depth?

    I'm even surprised that there's, so far, an "expert consensus" on the top 3 [UK, IU, and UL in some order] and next 3 [KU, UM, Baylor in exactly that order]. KU as #4 is especially puzzling, for sure. But even if one says, "OK, I'll accept a consensus top 5 of UL, UK, IU, UM, and Baylor," I doubt many would predict any of those to be likely-great, and therefore really "safe" bets to be in the FF.

    It looks wide-open to me. Duke at 12 is no different from Duke at, say, 8 or 17. UNC at 10/11 is no different from UNC at 8 or 15. NCSt, even with Leslie, at Katz's #7 is no different from NCSt at Goodman/Parrish's #18 [!!].

    In the ACC, too, it looks wide-open between NCSt, Duke, and UNC, with Miami and maybe Md and FSU capable of challenging those 3. Certainly hard to imagine any team going 15-3 in ACC, right?

    If Duke starts out at #12-15, they'll have a tough road to rise in early-season up to top 5-6, as they have a very, very challenging early schedule. A strong Big 10-ish opponent, preceded by.......

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    Quote Originally Posted by gumbomoop View Post
    It looks wide-open to me. Duke at 12 is no different from Duke at, say, 8 or 17. UNC at 10/11 is no different from UNC at 8 or 15. NCSt, even with Leslie, at Katz's #7 is no different from NCSt at Goodman/Parrish's #18 [!!].
    I completely agree. There are no "great" teams as best I can tell coming into next year. No one is going to be considered dominant entering the 12/13 season, and Duke at #12 is about as good as Duke at #5 or #6. A team may emerge as truly dominant as the season progresses, but there's not one that can be labeled as such right now, imho.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gumbomoop View Post
    I'm even surprised that there's, so far, an "expert consensus" on the top 3 [UK, IU, and UL in some order] and next 3 [KU, UM, Baylor in exactly that order]. KU as #4 is especially puzzling, for sure. But even if one says, "OK, I'll accept a consensus top 5 of UL, UK, IU, UM, and Baylor," I doubt many would predict any of those to be likely-great, and therefore really "safe" bets to be in the FF.
    I went into more depth about KU in that other thread, so I won't go into it again. They/we will be much better than people think, and with CBB and the Big 12 being very down, they could/should hover around the Top 5-10 all season. I am not predicting a Final 4 or anything like that yet, that's way way premature to start talking about.

    I *would* like to discuss Baylor for a second. I don't want to paint with a broad brush, but there seems to be a weird over-estimating of that team around here. They finished 4th in the Big12, 4 games behind KU. They are losing 26 ppg from their frontline in Acy/Jones. Miller is a big man in size only, he floats around the three-point line more than their guards do. (He's 6-10 and averaged 4 rebounds a game.) And that's before we bring up Scott Drew. Yea, he's got two E8s in the last 3 years (largely helped when the #2s in his region were upset). In between those they missed the tournament altogether, WITH Acy/Jones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TexHawk View Post
    I went into more depth about KU in that other thread, so I won't go into it again. They/we will be much better than people think, and with CBB and the Big 12 being very down, they could/should hover around the Top 5-10 all season. I am not predicting a Final 4 or anything like that yet, that's way way premature to start talking about.

    I *would* like to discuss Baylor for a second. I don't want to paint with a broad brush, but there seems to be a weird over-estimating of that team around here. They finished 4th in the Big12, 4 games behind KU. They are losing 26 ppg from their frontline in Acy/Jones. Miller is a big man in size only, he floats around the three-point line more than their guards do. (He's 6-10 and averaged 4 rebounds a game.) And that's before we bring up Scott Drew. Yea, he's got two E8s in the last 3 years (largely helped when the #2s in his region were upset). In between those they missed the tournament altogether, WITH Acy/Jones.
    They also bring in a top 5 recruiting class. They lose arguably less or equal to KU and bring in more talent. Austin was the #2 C in a great class for centers. Gathers will help Q. Miller man the 4 spot and perhaps play the 3. Deuce Bello could take a jump and LJ Rose should spell Pierre Jackson. Baylor will be good.

    And come on, your bias is coming through with the whole "2 seed being upset". I believe Baylor was the best 3 seed those 2 years and while it may not be probable for a 2 seed to lose before S16, it isn't that uncommon with 2 of those happening this year. I also believe Baylor would have beaten Duke b/c of their length this year and almost beat the national champions in 2010. So their runs to the E8 were not flukes as they lost to the eventual champions both times.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TexHawk View Post
    I went into more depth about KU in that other thread, so I won't go into it again. They/we will be much better than people think, and with CBB and the Big 12 being very down, they could/should hover around the Top 5-10 all season. I am not predicting a Final 4 or anything like that yet, that's way way premature to start talking about.
    And I still think you're overvaluing the returning/new players. Basically, you have a very good defensive team with a bunch of complementary/role players offensively. Johnson is the only guy who has shown any ability to create his own shot, and even then he did so with the help of being guarded by the second best perimeter defender (and with teams being much more concerned about the interior). I think Kansas (who wasn't a great offensive team this year with two of the better offensive players in the country) will struggle offensively and will rely even more on their defense. That is, unless at least two of Johnson, Withey, Ellis, or McLemore can make an unexpected leap to stardom offensively. None of the guys like Releford, Young, Wesley, and the remaining newcomers should be expected to do much offensively. It was Robinson and Taylor that made Kansas effective/dangerous offensively and Withey that made them dangerous defensively. Next year you'll still be very stout defensively but very pedestrian offensively. That is probably good enough for top 10-15, but to predict them as preseason #4 is ridiculous. That's why I said they're too highly seeded.

    Quote Originally Posted by TexHawk View Post
    I *would* like to discuss Baylor for a second. I don't want to paint with a broad brush, but there seems to be a weird over-estimating of that team around here. They finished 4th in the Big12, 4 games behind KU. They are losing 26 ppg from their frontline in Acy/Jones. Miller is a big man in size only, he floats around the three-point line more than their guards do. (He's 6-10 and averaged 4 rebounds a game.) And that's before we bring up Scott Drew. Yea, he's got two E8s in the last 3 years (largely helped when the #2s in his region were upset). In between those they missed the tournament altogether, WITH Acy/Jones.
    As for Baylor, yes, they lose the heart of their interior in Acy, Jones III, and Jones. But they add Austin (a 7 footer among the top-5 incoming freshmen) and Gathers (a rugged PF among the top 35 who very much in the Acy mold) to replace them. And they still have Quincy Miller, who is a mismatch at SF. They also return their entire backcourt, which includes the best PG in the conference in Jackson, a phenomenal shooter in Heslip, a freak athlete in Bello, and 2-3 more backup guard/wings. The only question will be how much Austin, Gathers, Miller, and Jefferson can offset the losses of Jones III, Acy, and Jones. But I'd say they're in better position than Kansas to replace what they lost, mainly because what they lost was slightly less critical than what Kansas lost and what they have coming in is better top-end talent than what Kansas has coming in.

    Obviously it remains to be seen how it plays out. I do think those two teams are the class of the Big-12 next year. Self is certainly a better coach than Drew. But Drew has more talent to work with.

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