Predictions for NCAA basketball season

Nov 11 2011 - 4:23pm

BLAIR KERKHOFF'S PREDICTIONS

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REGIONAL FINALS

EAST (Boston)

North Carolina over Florida

SOUTHEAST (Atlanta)

Kentucky over Duke

MIDWEST (St. Louis)

Ohio State over Memphis

SOUTHWEST (Phoenix)

Syracuse over Arizona

FINAL FOUR

Semifinals

North Carolina over Syracuse

Kentucky over Ohio State

Championship

North Carolina over Kentucky

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PRESEASON ALL-AMERICANS

Jeremy Lamb, G, Connecticut, so.

Harrison Barnes, F, N. Carolina, so.

Terrence Jones, F, Kentucky, so.

Jared Sullinger, F, Ohio State, so.

Jordan Taylor, G, Wisconsin, sr.

Second team

Perry Jones III, F, Baylor, so.

Tyler Zeller, C, North Carolina, sr.

Thomas Robinson, F, Kansas, jr.

Tu Holloway, G, Xavier, sr.

John Jenkins, G, Vanderbilt, jr.

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IMPACT FRESHMEN

Anthony Davis, F, Kentucky

Austin Rivers, G, Duke

LeBryan Nash, F, Oklahoma State

Mike Gilchrist, F, Kentucky

Brad Beal, G, Florida

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Jared Sullinger, Ohio State: Game's best big man is tops overall

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BRACKET BUSTER BREAKTHROUGHS

Creighton

Long Beach State

Detroit

Wichita State

VCU (again)

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COACHING HOT SEATS

Jeff Bzdelik, Wake Forest: Only a year in, but 1-15 in ACC play.

Stan Heath, South Florida: Five years in and no NCAA appearance.

Darrin Horn, South Carolina: 11-21 in SEC games the past two seasons.

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NEW ADDRESSES

Mike Anderson, Arkansas: Former Missouri coach returns to home base.

Iowa State's roster: Four Division I transfers become eligible, at least two more next year.

Mark Turgeon, Maryland: Former KU guard has won everywhere he's been.

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NCAA women

WOMEN'S FINAL FOUR

Connecticut

Baylor

Notre Dame

Stanford

CHAMPION

Baylor

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Brittney Griner, Baylor: Dominates the post, and will be driven to reach Final Four after last year's disappointment.

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