I clearly won't be in them, but I'd still be interested in a rankings if they are going to be done this season.
12/27/2011 2:05 PM

Counting down from #10 to #1 tonight, hopefully it'll stir the pot a bit.  
2/13/2013 10:31 PM
#10- Virginia Wesleyan (Coached by: udm_mike, Conference: ODAC, WIS Ranking: #19)

Coming off a trip to the Elite 8 last year, VWC will look to try to have similar success this year.  Press specialist udm_mike's squad is filled with speed and defense this year, which helped them stomp their two Division II opponents during exhibition games.  The team will be anchored in the low-post by Billy Lemieux and Leo Anderson, but the real key to their team will be the performance of super-sub Lester Hall.  Their schedule starts pretty tame, but it ramps up in the second half as VWC goes to Greensboro, to Dallas, to Chicago, and hosts Emory.  We will definitely know what VWC is made of before their brutal conference schedule starts.  

2/13/2013 10:44 PM
#9- La Grange (Coached by: psmith17, Conference: USA South, WIS Ranking: #12)

A stingy defensive team, baskets will be hard to come by against La Grange.  Their defense will be one of the best in the nation, the real question marks lie on the offensive end.  The offensive burden will fall on 1st-team Pre-Season All-American Dwight Jones.  If Jones can live up to the hype, La Grange will be a serious contender.  Their schedule is fairly light, and in a down year for the USA South, La Grange should put up quite a win total.  
2/13/2013 10:59 PM
#8- Lynchburg (Coached by: chichisteve, Conference: ODAC, WIS Ranking: #11)

With a very solid supporting cast, Ronald Elwood will look to help his team advance much further than last year's first round NT appearance.  Elwood is a special player and will be a candidate for ODAC POY.  With the brutal in-conference schedule, Lynchburg kept the non-con light until the final two games, where they will play Chapman at home and USA South foe Methodist on the road.  
2/13/2013 11:09 PM
#7- Chicago (Coached by: dave456, Conference: Upstate, WIS Ranking: #6)

With 9 upper-classmen and just a ton of athleticism, Chicago is going to run away with a lot of games.  They return 4 starters from last year's Sweet 16 run, so look for them to go even further this year.  Unlike som teams ranked just below them, Chicago has a very balanced offensive attack, not relying on any one player to make or break their game.  Chicago goes to Emory and hosts VWC during their non-con schedule, but those are the only two WIS ranked teams they play all year.  Look for a bunch of wins for Chicago this year.  
2/13/2013 11:21 PM
#6- George Fox (Coached by: tr5cymcgrady, Conference: Northwest, WIS Ranking: #9)

I really like their athleticism and depth.  A lot.  They are going to smack some teams around.  I don't really have anything special to say about George Fox, they are just simply a good team.  Their schedule features match-ups against Emory and Henry (appearing below), Chapman, and Menlo.  Those three games will have a huge impact on where George Fox will be seeded in this year's NT.  
2/13/2013 11:28 PM
#5- Southwestern (Coached by: yanks250125, Conference: University, WIS Ranking: #5)

Southwestern boasts 10 upper-classmen with athleticism, speed, and scoring ability.  This team is deep, and the first of 5 teams I believe have a good chance to win the title this year.  In a brutal University conference schedule, I think Southwestern will come out on top, potentially undefeated.  They travel to WIS #3 Washington and Lee during the non-conference portion of their schedule and they will destroy them.  Look out for Southwestern.  
2/13/2013 11:40 PM
#4- Emory and Henry (Coached by: benwf, Conference: ODAC, WIS Ranking: #8)

E&H has a tremendous amount of depth and skill, but what makes E&H special is their transcendant athletes.  This team's press is going to give opposing coaches fits.  They have all the element of a national champion, but the ODAC will most definitely test them.  
2/13/2013 11:47 PM
#3- Roanoke (Coached by: tkimble, Conference: ODAC, WIS Ranking: #7)

Coming off a season in which they held the #1 ranking the majority of the year, garnered the overall #1 seed, and marched to the title game only to lose on a jumper in the last 5 seconds, Roanoke will come out looking to have that same success.  This year's team features even more upper-classmen than last's, and despite losing 1st-team All-American and ODAC POY Edwin Wright, Roanoke still boasts some of the best players in the country, including pre-season 2nd and 3rd team PGs Anthony Pasillas and Carlos Caldwell.  The barrage of 3s from those two along with the athleticism in the front court and depth off the bench will lead Roanoke to good places this year, hopefully and ODAC championship.  In exhibition, they already beat a very good Colorado team (appearing below) and crushed Milwaukee Engineering, last year's Title Game opponent.  The non-conference schedule does feature some rivalry games, but no big-time match-ups will be played until the ODAC schedule starts.  
2/14/2013 12:16 AM (edited)
#2- Hanover (Coached by: bhizzy04, Conference: Heartland, WIS Ranking #1)

They are #1 in the WIS polls by quite a bit, and it is not hard to see why the computer would think that.  Led by 1st Team Pre-Season All-American Adam Eagle, Hanover will have an EXTREMELY potent offensive attack.  Hanover should easily run through their schedule this year, expect them to be undefeated (or at most 1 loss) heading into the tournament.
2/14/2013 12:08 AM
#1- Colorado (Coached by: shqipta, Conference: SCIAC, WIS Ranking: #4)

To me, Colorado is the most talented team in the country.  Their Big 3, the three seniors Alex Boyes (pre-season 1st-team All-American), Ricky Ray (pre-season 2nd-team All-American), Richard Willmon are all tremendous scorers, good defenders, and have superb stamina that will allow them to stay in the game despite Colorado's press defense.  A very team non-conference schedule (excpet for Menlo in that last spot) could lead us to see Colorado in that #1 spot heading into the NT.  Just like Hanover, I see them going into the NT undefeated, potentially with one slip up.  Hanover and Colorado will battle for that #1 ranking all year.  

2/14/2013 12:16 AM
BONUS WILDCARD INTRIGUING TEAM: Menlo (Coached by: morningw00d, Conference: Northwest, WIS Ranking #21)

I will be watching Menlo all season.  They are a press team with 9 (!!!) seniors (and two juniors), all recruited by the computer.  Funny thing is, the computer found some real gems for Menlo in Randolph French, Gary Moring, and Jeremiah Catalano.  With a sim coach, this team won the PI last year, an odd sight indeed.  To make matters even more interesting, first-time HD player morningw00d has taken over this potentially great team.  They played no exhibs, so we don't have a preview of what's to come.  Man, this will be interesting.  
2/14/2013 12:24 AM
Great Job TK. Although, honestly I was a little disappointed you didn't have more to say about E&H and Willie Bennett.
2/14/2013 2:29 AM

Good job, tk.  We need to watch out for Colorado.  That coach is dominating recruiting at Utah in D1 Phelan.  If he plans on staying, Colorado is going to be tough for a long time.

2/14/2013 11:21 AM
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