FMCBCP is a stupid acronym I just came up with. When it’s not football season, we do a FWP (Fearless Weekend Predictions) post every Friday where one of us predicts what will transpire over the upcoming sports weekend. Well, College Basketball is about to start so we needed to do FMCBCP (Fearless Men’s College Basketball Conference Predictions) to document all our picks for the 2008-09 season. I wanted to do a post that would feature a comprehensive coverage of all the conferences together. EDay then reminded me that might be a 25,000 word post. Since most of our readers (and contributors for that matter) have the attention span of a three year-old monkey, we decided to break each down by conference. We’re only doing major conferences, so don’t whine when you don’t see the MEAC being featured. We’ll be picking conference winners, POYs, COYs, FOYs, biggest disappointments and number of tournament teams. As always, this will be done in a way that only APIAS.net can.
Today the Big Ten…
Big Ten Champion
Bru’s Pick: Michigan State
TGC’s Pick: Purdue; A little bit of a stretch for a team who wasn’t won the Big 11 since Gene Keady’s 1996 squad. Matt Painter starts his 4th season and has improved his record ever year as the head brewmeister. The squad doesn’t lose anything from a team that nearly made the Sweet 16 a year ago, and let’s be honest, nobody is penciling in anyone from this conference any further in the ’09 Dance. Plus I like their creamsicle alternate unis.
EDay’s Pick: Michigan State; I will select Michigan State as the Big Ten champion this year. For the tournament champion I will take, wait, no tournament you say? Then I will select no one for that honor.
Smoothron’s Pick: Michigan State; I wouldn’t exactly say I was very enthused about this pick. Izzo is a good enough coach and the Spartans always hold teams to about 25 PPG.
More Big Ten boredom excitement after the jump.
Big Ten Player of the Year
Bru’s Pick: E’Twaun Moore
TGC’s Pick: Robbie Hummel; Big 10 Player of the Year: If any of my cohorts name BJ Mullens the POY just because he’s a one-and-done 7-footer, it is a cop out. I’m taking Robbie Hummel. How did Homer Drew let this guy get away?
EDay’s Pick: That White Guy From MSU; For player of the year I will select the big white guy from Michigan State. If there were more than one, I’ll take both of them to tie. Basically, whomever wins averages more than 12.4 ppg.
Smoothron’s Pick: Drew Neitzel Tyler Smith BJ Mullens; Apparently Drew Neitzel exhausted his 12 years of eligibilty (narrowly edging out Jake Long as player who played longest collegiately for a Michigan university) and Tyler Smith left Iowa. BJ Mullens arrives in Columbus with all the fanfare that Buckeye fans give to basketball players and should be dominant on both ends of the floor. Also, I copped out.
Big Ten Coach of the Year
Bru’s Pick: Matt Painter
TGC’s Pick: Matt Painter; As I mentioned earlier, Painter has increased his conference win total from 3 to 9 to 15 in only 3 years. This is the year he takes home the regular season crown and the COY trophy.
EDay’s Pick: ???; Ike Mizzo ring a bell?
Smoothron’s Pick: John Beilein; Michigan will be much improved with Beilein in his second year. He’s bringing change to the Big 10 (much like his football counterpart) and change takes time (remember this, Democrats). They’re going to play zone on defense, shoot a bunch of 3s and push the ball. That’s damn near unheard of in the Big 10, Beilein wins just because people will think he’s an innovator.
Big Ten Freshman of the Year
Bru’s Pick: BJ Mullens
TGC’s Pick: Stan Simpson; This 6-10 PF from Chicago has done nothing but shatter expectations since stepping onto Bruce Weber’s floor. Expect that to continue through conference play in a bad basketball year for the Big Ten.
EDay’s Pick: BJ Mullens; BJ Mullens is my frosh of the year. Another excellent name. BJ Mulligans would be a better name though.
Smoothron’s Pick: BJ Mullens; It would be a little awkward if he won POY and wasn’t the best freshman… but we are talking about the Big 10, so who knows?
Big Ten Disappointment of the Year
Bru’s Pick: No more phone call/Kelvin Sampson references from opposing student sections to Indiana’s players
TGC’s Pick: Alex Legion; The former Wildcat suits up for the Illini in mid-December. But for how long will Chief Illiniwek grace his mother’s dreams?
EDay’s Pick: Big Ten basketball will be the biggest disappointment in basketball this year. The entire league is my selection for this point.
Smoothron’s Pick: Value City Furniture will go under due to the fragile economy. Struggling for arena naming rights, Ohio State must listen to all offers. The best offer comes from a group of men in the South and the Buckeyes will be forced to play in the, “The SEC Dominates Our Football Team” Center.
Number of Big Ten teams in the NCAA Tournament
Bru’s Pick: 4 (Michigan State, Purdue, Ohio State, Wisc)
TGC’s Pick: 1, Purdue. Okay okay, so maybe 1 is a little low, but I don’t imagine you’ll see much competitive hoops out of this conference, so I’ll say 4. Purdue, Michigan State, Whitesconsin, and Minnesota
EDay’s Pick: The Big Ten will get 0 teams in the Big Dance this year. You can’t sell tickets or ad time for a Big Ten team and that’s what the NCAA tournament has become. Call it a sign of the times, a sign of America as a whole, or just bull shit but that’s how it is. If you can’t sell ad time you can’t put a team on air, that’s all there is to it. Hmm, that got out of hand. What I meant to say was that the Big Ten blows. The Big Ten knows it, the NCAA knows it, the American people know it. They desevrve zero teams in the NCAA tournament and may God have mercy on their souls.
Smoothron’s Pick: 4; Michigan State, Ohio State, Wisconsin, Minnesota (TUBBY!!!)
Hmm… to say our excitement for the Big 10 is tempered is quite an understatement. Gone are the days of Oden, Conley, Morgan or even Mateen Cleaves. Expect a LOT of games where analysts say, “The first to 50 could win…” It’s going to be a rough one. Hey, at least I put a lot of pictures. Tomorrow, mercifully, the Big XII.