Friday, April 14, 2017

2016-17 NCAA Honors & Awards


1st Team All-American
Lonzo Ball, UCLA [fr]
Frank Mason, Kansas [sr]
Josh Hart, Villanova [sr]
Dillon Brooks, Oregon [jr]
Caleb Swanigan, Purdue [soph]


2nd Team All-American
Nigel Williams-Goss, Gonzaga [jr]
Sindarius Thornwell, South Carolina [sr]
Bonzie Colson, Notre Dame [jr]
Johnathan Motley, Baylor [jr]
Alec Peters, Valparaiso [sr]


All-Defensive Team
Jevon Carter, West Virginia [jr]
Jordan Bell, Oregon [jr]
Ethan Happ, Wisconsin [soph]
Ben Lammers, Georgia Tech [jr]
Reggie Lynch, Minnesota [jr]


All-Freshman Team
Lonzo Ball, UCLA
De'Aaron Fox, Kentucky
Malik Monk, Kentucky
Josh Jackson, Kansas
TJ Leaf, UCLA


Player of the Year: Lonzo Ball, UCLA
Top Defender: Jordan Bell, Oregon
Best Freshman: Lonzo Ball, UCLA
Coach of the Year: Mark Few, Gonzaga

Thursday, April 6, 2017

2016-17 Conference Honors & Awards


All-AAC
Robert Gray, Houston [jr]
Damyean Dotson, Houston [sr]
Dedric Lawson, Memphis [soph]
Semi Ojeleye, Southern Methodist [jr]
Tacko Fall, Central Florida [soph]

Player of the Year: Semi Ojeleye, Southern Methodist
Top Defender: Tacko Fall, Central Florida
Best Freshman: K.J. Lawson, Memphis
Coach of the Year: Tim Jankovich, Southern Methodist


All-ACC
Donovan Mitchell, Louisville [soph]
Luke Kennard, Duke [soph]
Justin Jackson, North Carolina [jr]
Bonzie Colson, Notre Dame [jr]
John Collins, Wake Forest [soph]

Player of the Year: Bonzie Colson, Notre Dame
Top Defender: Ben Lammers, Georgia Tech
Best Freshman: Jayson Tatum, Duke
Coach of the Year: Mike Brey, Notre Dame


All-Big East
Jalen Brunson, Villanova [soph]
Josh Hart, Villanova [sr]
Trevon Blueitt, Xavier [jr]
Kelan Martin, Butler [jr]
Angel Delgado, Seton Hall [jr]

Player of the Year: Josh Hart, Villanova
Top Defender: Mikal Bridges, Villanova
Best Freshman: Shamorie Ponds, St. John's
Coach of the Year: Chris Holtmann, Butler


All-Big Ten
Melo Trimble, Maryland [jr]
Derrick Walton, Michigan [sr]
Bronson Koenig, Wisconsin [sr]
Ethan Happ, Wisconsin [soph]
Caleb Swanigan, Purdue [soph]

Player of the Year: Caleb Swanigan, Purdue
Top Defender: Ethan Happ, Wisconsin
Best Freshman: Miles Bridges, Michigan State
Coach of the Year: Chris Collins, Northwestern


All-Big 12
Monte Morris, Iowa State [sr]
Frank Mason, Kansas [sr]
Jawun Evans, Oklahoma State [soph]
Jevon Carter, West Virginia [jr]
Johnathan Motley, Baylor [jr]

Player of the Year: Frank Mason, Kansas
Top Defender: Jevon Carter, West Virginia
Best Freshman: Josh Jackson, Kansas
Coach of the Year: Bob Huggins, West Virginia


All-Pac-12
Lonzo Ball, UCLA [fr]
Markelle Fultz, Washington [fr]
Dillon Brooks, Oregon [jr]
TJ Leaf, UCLA [fr]
Jordan Bell, Oregon [jr]

Player of the Year: Lonzo Ball, UCLA
Top Defender: Jordan Bell, Oregon
Best Freshman: Lonzo Ball, UCLA
Coach of the Year: Sean Miller, Arizona


All-SEC
De'Aaron Fox, Kentucky [fr]
Malik Monk, Kentucky [fr]
Sindarius Thornwell, South Carolina [sr]
Sebastian Saiz, Mississippi [sr]
Bam Adebayo, Kentucky [fr]

Player of the Year: Sindarius Thornwell, South Carolina
Top Defender: Sindarius Thornwell, South Carolina
Best Freshman: De'Aaron Fox, Kentucky
Coach of the Year: Mike White, Florida

Monday, April 3, 2017

Tar Heels Earn Sixth Championship Banner


...and are a Kris Jenkins game winner away from back-to-back titles.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Bracket Reaction: Nine Notes


1. This is the first time in the now nine-year history of RBP that the Selection Committee has gotten it right.  So, while the seeding was still a little off, at least the most deserving 68 teams are in the field.

2. The Big Ten has been down this year, and the Selection Committee took notice.  No Big Ten school got better than a 4 seed.  Purdue, the Big Ten regular season champ, picked up the 4, while the league's co-runners-up, Maryland and Wisconsin, received 6 and 8 seeds, respectively.  Confusingly, both Minnesota (5) and Michigan (7) were awarded lower seeds than Wisconsin.  The Wolverines at least won the conference tourney and finished 2-1 versus the Badgers this season.  Minnesota, on the other hand, finished a game behind Wisconsin, failed to advance as far in the conference tourney, and lost twice to the Badgers.

3.  Coming into the tournament as the defending champ with the fewest losses since '92 Duke, Villanova gets rewarded with...Wisconsin as its 8 seed.  The Badgers are the strongest 8 seed since Kentucky in '14.  That year the Wildcats knocked off 1 seed Wichita State in the Round of 32.

4.  Speaking of Wichita State and Kentucky, the Shockers are an extremely strong 10 seed.  First Gregg Marshall's squad will need to get past A-10 regular season champion Dayton, but Kentucky could be looking at Ken Pomeroy's 8th ranked team nationally in the Round of 32.

5.  The Selection Committee did Kentucky no favors, placing the Cats in a region that includes both North Carolina and UCLA.  While the Tar Heels likely will have to contend with either Kentucky or UCLA to advance to the Final Four, the top half of the South Region sets up nicely for Roy Williams' squad.  RBP ranks the Heels' 4 (Butler), 5 (Minnesota), and 8 (Arkansas) seeds as the weakest at each of those positions across the entire bracket.

6. Given their overall records, Vanderbilt (4 games over .500) and Michigan State (5 games over .500) have no business being 9 seeds, even in a weak field.  Both should have been headed to Dayton to play their way into the Field of 64.

7.  The Selection Committee released its 1-68 rankings of the tourney field.  Comparing those rankings to RBP's rankings (see previous post), we can see who the Committee is overvaluing and undervaluing.  The Selection Committee is overvaluing -- Vanderbilt (+13), Michigan State (+13), Minnesota (+12), Butler (+11), and Seton Hall (+8).  It is undervaluing -- Wichita State (-13), Wisconsin (-12), Middle Tennessee (-12), Nevada (-8), and Vermont (-8).  RBP and the Selection Committee agreed on Villanova (1), ETSU (52), South Dakota State (64), and Mount St. Mary's (68).

8. Here are the teams included in RBP's preseason top 25 that did not make the tourney -- Indiana (4), Syracuse (14), California (17), Connecticut (21), Texas (22), and Texas A&M (24).

9. With a healthy Chris Boucher, Oregon comes out of the Midwest and is RBP's pick for the title.  Without Boucher, the Ducks' third leading scorer and the Pac-12's top shot blocker, the Ducks will be hard-pressed to advance beyond the Sweet 16.



Field of 68


*Seeding and invites do not project what I believe the Selection Committee will do.  Rather, this entry reflects what the Selection Committee should do.

**This is the weakest bubble in recent memory.  The last four in (the 12 seed play-ins) really have no business being in the tournament.  Kansas State is below .500 in Big 12 play.  The overall records of Vanderbilt and Michigan State are particularly underwhelming - just 4 games and 5 games over .500, respectively.  USC may be the weakest at-large RBP has ever recommended.  The 11 seeds are not much better.  And the first four out - Utah, Syracuse, Illinois State, and Houston are deeply flawed teams that do not deserve 1 seeds in the NIT.

1 seeds
Villanova
Gonzaga
Kansas
North Carolina

2 seeds
UCLA
Oregon
Arizona
Kentucky

3 seeds
Duke
Louisville
West Virginia
Purdue

4 seeds
Baylor
Notre Dame
Florida State
Virginia

5 seeds
Wisconsin
Iowa State
Southern Methodist
Florida

6 seeds
Cincinnati
Michigan
Creighton
Butler

7 seeds
Wichita State
St. Mary's
Maryland
Miami

8 seeds
Dayton
Minnesota
Northwestern
Virginia Tech

9 seeds
South Carolina
Arkansas
Virginia Commonwealth
Middle Tennessee

10 seeds
Marquette
Oklahoma State
Nevada
Xavier

11 seeds
Rhode Island
Seton Hall
Providence
Wake Forest

12 seeds
Vermont
Vanderbilt (play-in)
Kansas State (play-in)
Michigan State (play-in)
USC (play-in)
UNC Wilmington

13 seeds
Princeton
ETSU
Bucknell
New Mexico State

14 seeds
Florida Gulf Coast
Winthrop
Iona
Kent State

15 seeds
Troy
Northern Kentucky
North Carolina Central
Jacksonville State

16 seeds
North Dakota
South Dakota State
New Orleans (play-in)
Texas Southern (play-in)
UC Davis (play-in)
Mount St. Mary's (play-in)