Reading and posting at DBR for over 19 years and loving every... well, almost every minute of it!
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.
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.
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.
I'm with CDu on the Jayhawks next preseason ......
Check out Lunardi's Bracketology. He's got 5 ACC teams, in this order: UNC, Duke, NCSt [he assumes Leslie is gone], Miami, FSU.
Lots of talking points in his seedings.
Imported this observation from another thread.
Baylor's Quincy Miller is gone.
Wow, I'm surprised to see that. I really thought Miller could use another year of college to get stronger and smoother. Probably not the smartest thing, but good luck to him. Huge for Baylor too. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think that is their starting frontcourt that is now going to the NBA. They have a few nice freshmen coming in, but I think they'll be falling to the 20-25 range now.