2018-2019 Predictions Thread

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Thu, Nov 08 Evansville A close game, but our three point shooting cannot be overcome by the Purple Aces. Us in a close one. BU's second year starts out with a win! W (1-0)

Tue, Nov 13 Georgetown This team went 15-15 last year. Not any HUGE impact freshmen and I just don't see them beating us. W (2-0)

Mon, Nov 19 Gonzaga (Maui Invitational) The Zags are returning Perkins, Norvell, Hachimura, and Tille. They will be tough. L (2-1)

Tue, Nov 20 Arizona or Iowa State (Maui Invitational) IF we play Arizona, their lack of quality post players makes this an intriguing matchup. IF we play IA State, you can say the same thing. Either way, this is a toss up, if there was such a thing. T (2-1-1)

Wed, Nov 21 Auburn/Duke/SDSU/Xavier (Maui Invitational) This is all matchup dependent. Duke L, Auburn W, SDSU W, Xavier L. Another 50/50. T (2-1-2)

Sun, Nov 25 Mississippi Valley State This one is impossible to predict. They have like 45 people on the roster!

https://www.sbnation.com/college-basketball/teams/miss-valley-st-delta-devils

So, being the optimist, big win. W (3-1-2)

Tue, Nov 27 @Notre Dame L (3-2-2)

Sun, Dec 02 @Nebraska L (3-3-2)

Wed, Dec 05 Ohio State (Chicago, IL) W (4-3-2)

Sat, Dec 08 UNLV W (5-3-2)

Sat, Dec 15 East Tennessee State W (6-3-2)

Sat, Dec 22 Missouri (St. Louis, MO) W (7-3-2)

Sat, Dec 29 Florida Atlantic W (8-3-2)

Thu, Jan 03 @Indiana L (8-4-2) (This one sucks for me, as I despise the clown pants people)

Sun, Jan 06 @Northwestern L (8-5-2)

Thu, Jan 10 Michigan L (8-6-2)

Wed, Jan 16 Minnesota W (9-6-2)

Sun, Jan 20 @Iowa W (10-6-2)

Wed, Jan 23 Wisconsin L (10-7-2)

Sat, Jan 26 Maryland (New York, NY) L (10-8-2)

Wed, Jan 30 @Minnesota L (10-9-2)

Sat, Feb 02 Nebraska L (10-10-2)

Tue, Feb 05 Michigan State L (10-11-2)

Sat, Feb 09 Rutgers W (11-11-2)

Thu, Feb 14 @Ohio State L (11-12-2)

Mon, Feb 18 @Wisconsin L (11-13-2)

Sat, Feb 23 Penn State W (12-13-2)

Wed, Feb 27 @Purdue L (12-14-2)

Sun, Mar 03 Northwestern W (13-14-2)

Thu, Mar 07 Indiana W (14-14-2)

Sun, Mar 10 @Penn State W (15-14-2)

BTT L (15-15-2) (8-12) in the B1G

There you have it. I did not go into more details after the non-conference season because it is all entirely dependent on how well our freshmen adjust/pick things up. So, we are anywhere from 17-15 to 15-17. Looks like no post-season, but obviously we are improving on all cylinders and we are going to be in great shape moving forward.
 
Just for giggles, I looked up the incoming rated players in the BIG. Ayo has the 3rd highest ranking. Decent haul for the conference when you consider Duke/Kentucky are in the habbit of grabbing most of the top-15.

7 Langford Indiana
16 Smith Maryland
32 Dosunmu Illinois
40 Brazdeikis Michigan
42 Wiggins Maryland
50 Oturu Minnesota
59 Hunter Indiana
66 Bingham Jr MSU
70 Johns Michigan
78 Ayala Maryland
79 Muhammad tOSU
88 Nance NW
96 Loyer MSU
 
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Just for giggles, I looked up the incoming rated players in the BIG. Ayo has the 3rd highest ranking. Decent haul for the conference when you consider Duke/Kentucky are in the habbit of grabbing most of the top-15.

7 Langford Indiana
16 Smith Maryland
32 Dosunmu Illinois
40 Brazdeikis Michigan
42 Wiggins Maryland
50 Oturu Minnesota
59 Hunter Indiana
66 Bingham Jr MSU
70 Johns Michigan
78 Ayala Maryland
79 Muhammad tOSU
88 Nance NW
96 Loyer MSU
Ayo is a really solid pick-up compared to the rest of the B1G for sure. What makes me uncomfortable is the teams that have multiples, such as maryland and Michigan on this list (I intentionally didn't mention that team to the east) .
 
where are the potential upsets? I must say that I dont know how the offseason has treated our opponents. I am confident that we will beat a few we shouldnt but Im not sure which ones. Purdue? maybe a few in Maui? its hard to say.
ND is very winnable. They return: a very good guard (Gibbs), three or four upperclassmen who need to take big leaps that they may or may not be capable of, and a sophomore (Brey’s highest ranked recruit since Jackson) who had microfracture surgery last year and is a total question mark. Their freshmen class is decent based on rankings, but one of the highly ranked ones, a point guard they wanted to play with Gibbs, is coming off ACL surgery. Also have a transfer coming off a sit out year that no one knows much about.

Lots of unknowns for both teams; it could go either way.
 
This is depressing.
10-22 overall
5-13 conference
5-8 non-conference
0-1 BTT

My prediction last year of 14-16 was pretty damn close. I hope to be way off this year.
I was on the same prediction last year. I actually think this team is better and would beat last team - so it's all about schedule here. No matter what, this team will be more entertaining to watch, so take solace in that.
 
Thu, Nov 08 Evansville A close game, but our three point shooting cannot be overcome by the Purple Aces. Us in a close one. BU's second year starts out with a win! W (1-0)

Tue, Nov 13 Georgetown This team went 15-15 last year. Not any HUGE impact freshmen and I just don't see them beating us. W (2-0)

Mon, Nov 19 Gonzaga (Maui Invitational) The Zags are returning Perkins, Norvell, Hachimura, and Tille. They will be tough. L (2-1)

Tue, Nov 20 Arizona or Iowa State (Maui Invitational) IF we play Arizona, their lack of quality post players makes this an intriguing matchup. IF we play IA State, you can say the same thing. Either way, this is a toss up, if there was such a thing. T (2-1-1)

Wed, Nov 21 Auburn/Duke/SDSU/Xavier (Maui Invitational) This is all matchup dependent. Duke L, Auburn W, SDSU W, Xavier L. Another 50/50. T (2-1-2)

Sun, Nov 25 Mississippi Valley State This one is impossible to predict. They have like 45 people on the roster!

https://www.sbnation.com/college-basketball/teams/miss-valley-st-delta-devils

So, being the optimist, big win. W (3-1-2)

Tue, Nov 27 @Notre Dame L (3-2-2)

Sun, Dec 02 @Nebraska L (3-3-2)

Wed, Dec 05 Ohio State (Chicago, IL) W (4-3-2)

Sat, Dec 08 UNLV W (5-3-2)

Sat, Dec 15 East Tennessee State W (6-3-2)

Sat, Dec 22 Missouri (St. Louis, MO) W (7-3-2)

Sat, Dec 29 Florida Atlantic W (8-3-2)

Thu, Jan 03 @Indiana L (8-4-2) (This one sucks for me, as I despise the clown pants people)

Sun, Jan 06 @Northwestern L (8-5-2)

Thu, Jan 10 Michigan L (8-6-2)

Wed, Jan 16 Minnesota W (9-6-2)

Sun, Jan 20 @Iowa W (10-6-2)

Wed, Jan 23 Wisconsin L (10-7-2)

Sat, Jan 26 Maryland (New York, NY) L (10-8-2)

Wed, Jan 30 @Minnesota L (10-9-2)

Sat, Feb 02 Nebraska L (10-10-2)

Tue, Feb 05 Michigan State L (10-11-2)

Sat, Feb 09 Rutgers W (11-11-2)

Thu, Feb 14 @Ohio State L (11-12-2)

Mon, Feb 18 @Wisconsin L (11-13-2)

Sat, Feb 23 Penn State W (12-13-2)

Wed, Feb 27 @Purdue L (12-14-2)

Sun, Mar 03 Northwestern W (13-14-2)

Thu, Mar 07 Indiana W (14-14-2)

Sun, Mar 10 @Penn State W (15-14-2)

BTT L (15-15-2) (8-12) in the B1G

There you have it. I did not go into more details after the non-conference season because it is all entirely dependent on how well our freshmen adjust/pick things up. So, we are anywhere from 17-15 to 15-17. Looks like no post-season, but obviously we are improving on all cylinders and we are going to be in great shape moving forward.

Georgetown has Mac McClung....if you haven't watched the kid play, do so via YouTube.....he will be something for that school to promote and hitch too going forward. Originally committed to Rutgers and then quite smoking....lol just kidding.
 

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At the end of the season, if you predicted the number of wins and losses wrong but got the number of ties right, I think we still all owe you a drink for your Nostradomical performance.
I think you'd owe more than a drink for a Nostradomical performance. I think 20 (well) or 10 (top shelf) is the standard. :hurl:
 
ND is very winnable. They return: a very good guard (Gibbs), three or four upperclassmen who need to take big leaps that they may or may not be capable of, and a sophomore (Brey’s highest ranked recruit since Jackson) who had microfracture surgery last year and is a total question mark. Their freshmen class is decent based on rankings, but one of the highly ranked ones, a point guard they wanted to play with Gibbs, is coming off ACL surgery. Also have a transfer coming off a sit out year that no one knows much about.

Lots of unknowns for both teams; it could go either way.
So questionable upperclassman vs low ranked questionable underclassman is a toss up?

Pass the kool aid. Please.
 
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This is depressing.
10-22 overall
5-13 conference
5-8 non-conference
0-1 BTT

My prediction last year of 14-16 was pretty damn close. I hope to be way off this year.
Season's gonna be over too quickly if we go 10-22. Not sure I can stomach watching that many loses.
 
Just for giggles, I looked up the incoming rated players in the BIG. Ayo has the 3rd highest ranking. Decent haul for the conference when you consider Duke/Kentucky are in the habbit of grabbing most of the top-15.

7 Langford Indiana
16 Smith Maryland
32 Dosunmu Illinois
40 Brazdeikis Michigan
42 Wiggins Maryland
50 Oturu Minnesota
59 Hunter Indiana
66 Bingham Jr MSU
70 Johns Michigan
78 Ayala Maryland
79 Muhammad tOSU
88 Nance NW
96 Loyer MSU

RSCI had 5 more top 100 B1G recruits for a total of 18. To your list, RSCI added Weiskamp (Iowa), LaDee (OSU), Kopp (NW), Castleton (UM) and Brown (MSU).
 
RSCI had 5 more top 100 B1G recruits for a total of 18. To your list, RSCI added Weiskamp (Iowa), LaDee (OSU), Kopp (NW), Castleton (UM) and Brown (MSU).
Good to know. That speaks to the depth of the conference's recruiting, even if it's not a top-heavy class.
 
This team is going to be so much better than last years team!
 
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This team is going to be so much better than last years team!
Without a doubt this is a better team (and a team that will be even better in 2019-20), and if there is any justice in this world, we'll win the close games we lost last year. I'm going to be bullish on this team. Yeah, koolaid. But with vitamins.
 
This team is going to be so much better than last years team!

Probably so. Yet with the harder schedule we will likely have a worse record becasue we are not going too be THAT much better than last year's team. Not unless our big situation cures itself.
 
Without a doubt this is a better team (and a team that will be even better in 2019-20), and if there is any justice in this world, we'll win the close games we lost last year. I'm going to be bullish on this team. Yeah, koolaid. But with vitamins.
We were 5-5 in games decided by 6 points or less. That is far from an injustice.
 
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