Tuesday, April 6, 2010

UPDATED: Never too early for preseason predictions



Apparently there is no such thing as too soon.

Just when you hoped thought the pundits would run out of things to blabber about, they've already thrown out their predictions for next season.

With pending NBA defections, possible injuries, and inevitable recruiting/qualifying drama, it's all a joke. But since we are equally desperate for material, we'll happily follow their useless drivel.

In case you don't want to read on, here are the cliff-notes. This is how Purdue is ranked in these pre-season rankings for the 2010-2011 season:

New:ESPN (Katz):#1
SI:#5
Collegehoops.net:#1
Dicky V: #5
Chicago Trib:#3
HeraldNet: #9
NBCSports: #4
TheBigLead: #7
Mercury News: #2
BleacherReport.com: #5
Rushthecourt.com: #3
NJ.com: #1

Updated Average Overall Preseason Ranking: #3.83

Below are the expanded (top-5) rankings along with the accompanying commentary about Purdue:

UPDATE: Andy Katz shows some Purdue love:

1. Purdue: Assuming that Robbie Hummel recovers fully from his torn ACL, the Boilermakers will be a senior-laden, driven team, with Hummel joining JaJuan Johnson and E'Twaun Moore. Purdue would be a feel-good story to get to the Final Four after having its hopes dashed this season due to Hummel's injury. It's hard to find an elite team that would have as many senior stars.
2. Duke
3. Butler
4. Michigan State
5. Pitt

SI's first stab:
1. Duke
2. Michigan State
3. Butler
4. Kansas State
5. Purdue: The Boilermakers lose Keaton Grant and Chris Kramer, but a healed Robbie Hummel (torn ACL), along with 6-10 JaJuan Johnson and guards E’Twaun Moore and Lewis Jackson, could help Purdue finally break through to the Final Four.

Collegehoopsnet.com is slightly more ambitious putting together a 'Super-Early Top 50 Ranking:'
1. Purdue
If the big 3 return like indicated, then the Boilers will be a true national title contender.
2. Michigan State
3. Duke
4. Syracuse
5. Kansas St

Obviously Dick Vitale is going to jump in the action. His top 5 are:
1. Duke (obviously)
2. Ohio State
3. Michigan State
4. Villanova
5. Purdue

Chicago Tribune's Shannon Ryan:
1. Michigan State
2. Butler
3. Purdue The Boilermakers' big three are back — including a healed Robbie Hummel.
4. Georgetown
5. North Carolina

Herald.net's Scott Johnson projects his top-25:
1. Michigan State
2. Pitt
3. Butler
4. Duke
5. Xavier
6. Ohio State
7. Florida
8. BYU
9. Purdue (4 seed): Biggest question is Robbie Hummel's knee

NBCSports.com's Mike Miller weighed in on his picks:
1. Michigan State
2. Duke
3. Butler
4. Purdue
Last chance for Robbie Hummel, E’Twaun Moore and JaJuan Johnson to get to the Final Four. Keaton Grant and Chris Kramer are gone, but don’t expect the defense to slack.
5. Pitt

Thebiglead.com doesn't think too highly of Purdue for next season:
1. Duke
2. Michigan State
3. Butler
4. Georgetown
5. Ohio State
6. Pittsburgh
7. Purdue
Bad news: Lose G Keaton Grant (4th leading scorer) and Glue Guy Chris Kramer to graduation. Good news: As of now, their best three players – JaJuan Johnson (15-7), Robbie Hummel (best three-point shooter, 2nd leading scorer) and E’Twaun Moore (team-leading 16 ppg, but had a few late-season struggles) are coming back. Should contend for a Big Ten title and be in the Top 15 all season.

Mercury News.com preseason top-25 includes:
1. Georgetown
2. Purdue
If JaJuan Johnson stays in school and Robbie Hummel stays healthy — E’Twaun Moore will be back — then the Boilermakers will be as good as they were before Hummel’s injury.
3. Butler
4. Michigan State
5. North Carolina

Bleacher Report's Etan Kaplan takes a stab:
1. Duke
2. Michigan State
3. Butler
4. Texas
5. Purdue

Rushthecourt.com:
1. Duke
2. Butler
3. Purdue - Losing Chris Kramer will hurt in the defense/leadership category, but the core should be back for another run in the loaded Big Ten: JaJuan Johnson, E’Twaun Moore and a healthy Robbie Hummel.
4. Michigan State
5. Georgetown


NJ.com's
Brendan Prunty throws himself out there:
1. Purdue
Had Robbie Hummel not gone down with a torn right ACL in February, the Boilermakers were a serious threat to make it to Indy. Instead, they’ll have to wait for Houston, the 2011 Final Four site. Plus, with E’Twaun Moore and JaJuan Johnson returning, Purdue has the experience and talent that few others do.
2. Michigan State
3. Duke
4. North Carolina
5. Ohio State

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Seems about right...

Jake said...

Purdue is about 4, which is where we were for the majority of last season. I agree with that. If the team can stay healthy, I see a Final Four appearance. I just hope these younger players develop into the rotation as solid contributors.

DavidS said...

Just in from Andy Katz at ESPN:

http://sports.espn.go.com/ncb/columns/story?columnist=katz_andy&id=5060752

This kinda feels like a make-up call you get from the refs.

Weedeater said...

I don't see any mentions of how good our incoming class will be. Also, I would expect Bade and Marcius to provide ten more fouls down low to guard the paint, and JJ. I love that the Dawgs have he spotlight right now. We need hungry Boilers.

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