I just submitted by my first set of picks for the basketblog poll hosted by CBSsports.com, which should debut this week.
Even though Illinois beat a weakened Purdue team, I replaced the Illini with the streaking Ohio State Buckeyes. Making the other picks were pretty tough for me this first time, but after finishing, there was no question in my mind that the Big East and the ACC are head and shoulders above the other conferences.
Individual teams that I seem to have a soft spot for this season are Oklahoma (hasn't played anyone in the Big XII yet), Louisville (fun to watch), Villanova (coached by George Clooney) and Missouri (don't ask). Now that Michael Redd (season), Andrew Bogut (2 months+) and Luke Ridnour (month) are all out, I am hoping the Milwaukee Bucks tank the rest of the season for a shot at Blake Griffin. Griffin posterized Colorado all night long this past Friday.
If you think my picks are wack, leave a comment.