Bracket scenarios for Summer Buzz teams
August, 13, 2010
By Joe Lunardi | ESPN Insider
Andy Lyons/Getty ImagesA repeat of this scene is the Blue Devils' best scenario.Insider's Summer Buzz series examined how 20 of college basketball's most intriguing teams spent their offseasons and offered previews for the start of the coming season. As the series concludes today, let's take a look at how the season could end for these 20 teams.
As I see it, here's the best-case and worst-case scenario -- within reason -- for each of the Summer Buzz schools. And if you want to take another look at those Summer Buzz previews, just click on a school's name. We start with the reigning champs: the Duke Blue Devils.
Lunardi's Upside: Another trophy for the Blue Devils, this time on April 4 at Reliant Stadium in Houston.
Lunardi's Downside: If I had to bet a mortgage payment on Duke or "the field" in 2011, give me the latter.
Lunardi's Upside: Tom Izzo is rewarded for his own "decision" to stay in East Lansing with a second NCAA title.
Lunardi's Downside: Kalin Lucas isn't the same and Michigan State is upset before the Sweet 16 (think Kansas from this past season).
Lunardi's Upside: Saw Evan Turner this week and he told me the Buckeyes would be just as good without him.
Lunardi's Downside: Turner is wrong and Ohio State struggles to get past the NCAA tournament's first weekend.
Lunardi's Upside: K-State takes the "next step" under Frank Martin to its first Final Four since 1964.
Lunardi's Downside: The Wildcats never get past the loss of Denis Clemente and drop back in the Big 12 pack.
Lunardi's Upside: Everyone and everything stays in one piece and the Boilers fulfill last season's destiny.
Lunardi's Downside: Robbie Hummel isn't right, Chris Kramer isn't replaced and Purdue is merely very good.
Lunardi's Upside: LaceDarius Dunn is that good and Perry Jones might be, so another Elite Eight is not out of the question.
Lunardi's Downside: Teams with uncertainty at point guard sometimes go home much earlier than expected.