POD - One Fan's Preseason Picks

Some People like to go out on a limb and predict an entire season.<br> <br> Pro99 is one of those folks - here's how his <b>NU Wildcat </b>season works out...

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The season should start out with a title game in the Top of the World Classic, and a good chance to beat Georgia for the title. Georgia has only like 2 players with experience and even they weren't that impressive last year, FWIW. 3-0 start.

W at Colorado. Its a road game, but most of their top players from a good team are gone. They replced it with 3 FR and 3JUCO to add to 3 guys who had 15+ minutes and one of those having been a big contributot. 4-0

W vs Virginia They beat VMI clemson and Loyola Marymount on the road and that was it for road wins last year. They return the key parts and should give a tough game. But with it being at home and the ACC challenge @#%$ wins a tough one. 5-0

W vs Chicago St. 6-0

W vs Depaul Tough game, but I just think NU returns more and have the system, experience and chemistry to suprise folks this year. 7-0

W vs Seton Hall They return a good deal of a good team. ? mark is the point. early in the season on the road I would say NU can take this one despite some real beef in the paint. 8-0

L at Arizona St. Diogu and company are to good to early, unless Michael Thompson can take out 2 years of frustration out on them. Thompson should make things interesting, but they are tough at home. 8-1

W vs Robert Morris 9-1
W vs Delaware St. 10-1
W UT-Pan American 11-1

End non-con at 11-1 is a realistic outcome. It can also be 9-3 but no worse.
B10
W vs Indiana NU has more up front and the D on the perimeter to be to much for this talented yonug group in their first taste of B10 ball. B10 1-0 / 12-1

L at MSU MSU just brings to many guns and Neitzel stabilizes their TO troubles. MSU is on a mision and will be virtually unbeatable at home against anyone. B10 1-1 / 12-2

L at Michigan Michigan is good and more experienced than last year. Horton seemed to get it down the stretch last year and they shouldn't be so TO prone with better passing and shooting. Tough game not a blow out. B10 1-2 / 12-3

L vs Illinois This is one that would be nice just once. Illinois is just to good and to focused to lose much to anybody this year. Chris Paul might be the only guard better than Deron let alone having Dee and Luther. Being at home shouldn't be a blow out. B10 1-3 / 12-4

W at PSU Thank goodness for PSU after a stretch like that. Plain and simple they don't have the horses. B10 2-3 / 13-4

W vs Iowa Some have them at 3rd-5th in the B10. I don't see it. They only have 3 guys with experience from the team with the worst chemistry in the B10. NWs perimeter D will match well against the TO prone Iowa. MTs size is starting to pay dividends against the Bruner bruiser. B10 3-3 / 14-4

W vs OSU OK team but not enough experienced horses, with the distractions over there, to win big on the road. B10 4-3 / 15-4

L vs Whisky Whisky is too good at home and will have their PG issues sovled by this point. Playing them tough on the road could help perception. A win could put NUin the top 25 at this point, but a tough loss more likely. B10 4-4 / 15-5

W vs Purdue I know people think they will play hard for coach K, but they always do. They just don't have the talent to win much and not against NUon the road. B10 5-4 / 16-5

W at Minny No horses in the stables equals not much winning. B10 6-4 / 17-5

W at Iowa More composure at home but they just don't have the depth of quality men up front or the sure handed gurds to beat NUeven in Squawk land. B10 7-4 / 18-5

W vs Texas A&M-CC Must of wanted to keep the team sharp and winning. B10 7-4 / 19-5

W vs PSU Same as above. B10 8-4 / 20-5

L at Illinois Toughest game of the year. Too much, too tough in Champaign. B10 8-5 / 20-6

W vs Michigan NU is rolling and MT has really come into his own. If not for MT I'd say loss, but he helps NU to match other B10 frontlines. On the raod agains NWs perimeter D is much for the young but talented Michigan. B10 9-5 / 21-6

L vs MSU Neitzel and MSU rolling. this one goes down to the wire, but MSU's impressive shooting wins out. B10 9-6 / 21-7

L at Indiana Hoosiers finally clicking and have the young guys playing with confidense. With NWs confidense still high they push this one but come up short. B10 9-7 / 21-8

NU and Indiana tie for 5th/6th behind Illini, Whisky, MSU and Michigan. NU looses tie breaker, but it helps them to get an early round win after losing 3/4 down the stretch.
B10 Tourney
1st RD Win vs PSU
2nd RD Win vs Whisky
3rd RD Loss vs MSU

B10 9-7 / 23-9 overall

B10 respect up but how much

NU 8-11 seed in the tourney.
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The season should start out with a title game in the Top of the World Classic, and a good chance to beat for the title. has only like 2 players with experience and even they weren't that impressive last year, FWIW. 3-0 start.

W at . Its a road game, but most of their top players from a good team are gone. They replced it with 3 FR and 3JUCO to add to 3 guys who had 15+ minutes and one of those having been a big contributot. 4-0

W vs They beat VMI clemson and Loyola Marymount on the road and that was it for road wins last year. They return the key parts and should give a tough game. But with it being at home and the ACC challenge @#%$ wins a tough one. 5-0

W vs . 6-0

W vs Tough game, but I just think returns more and have the system, experience and chemistry to suprise folks this year. 7-0

W vs They return a good deal of a good team. ? mark is the point. early in the season on the road I would say can take this one despite some real beef in the paint. 8-0

L at St. Diogu and company are to good to early, unless Michael Thompson can take out 2 years of frustration out on them. Thompson should make things interesting, but they are tough at home. 8-1

W vs 9-1
W vs 10-1
W 11-1



W vs NU has more up front and the D on the perimeter to be to much for this talented yonug group in their first taste of B10 ball. B10 1-0 / 12-1

L at MSU just brings to many guns and Neitzel stabilizes their TO troubles. MSU is on a mision and will be virtually unbeatable at home against anyone. B10 1-1 / 12-2

L at Michigan is good and more experienced than last year. Horton seemed to get it down the stretch last year and they shouldn't be so TO prone with better passing and shooting. Tough game not a blow out. B10 1-2 / 12-3

L vs This is one that would be nice just once. Illinois is just to good and to focused to lose much to anybody this year. Chris Paul might be the only guard better than Deron let alone having Dee and Luther. Being at home shouldn't be a blow out. B10 1-3 / 12-4

W at Thank goodness for PSU after a stretch like that. Plain and simple they don't have the horses. B10 2-3 / 13-4

W vs Some have them at 3rd-5th in the B10. I don't see it. They only have 3 guys with experience from the team with the worst chemistry in the B10. NWs perimeter D will match well against the TO prone Iowa. MTs size is starting to pay dividends against the Bruner bruiser. B10 3-3 / 14-4

W vs OK team but not enough experienced horses, with the distractions over there, to win big on the road. B10 4-3 / 15-4

L vs Whisky is too good at home and will have their PG issues sovled by this point. Playing them tough on the road could help perception. A win could put NUin the top 25 at this point, but a tough loss more likely. B10 4-4 / 15-5

W vs I know people think they will play hard for coach K, but they always do. They just don't have the talent to win much and not against NUon the road. B10 5-4 / 16-5

W at No horses in the stables equals not much winning. B10 6-4 / 17-5

W at More composure at home but they just don't have the depth of quality men up front or the sure handed gurds to beat NUeven in Squawk land. B10 7-4 / 18-5

W vs-CC Must of wanted to keep the team sharp and winning. B10 7-4 / 19-5

W vs Same as above. B10 8-4 / 20-5

L at Toughest game of the year. Too much, too tough in Champaign. B10 8-5 / 20-6

W vs NU is rolling and MT has really come into his own. If not for MT I'd say loss, but he helps NU to match other B10 frontlines. On the raod agains NWs perimeter D is much for the young but talented Michigan. B10 9-5 / 21-6

L vs Neitzel and MSU rolling. this one goes down to the wire, but MSU's impressive shooting wins out. B10 9-6 / 21-7

L at Hoosiers finally clicking and have the young guys playing with confidense. With NWs confidense still high they push this one but come up short. B10 9-7 / 21-8

NU and tie for 5th/6th behind , , and . NU looses tie breaker, but it helps them to get an early round win after losing 3/4 down the stretch.

1st RD Win vs PSU
2nd RD Win vs Whisky
3rd RD Loss vs MSU

B10 9-7 / 23-9 overall

B10 respect up but how much

NU 8-11 seed in the tourney.
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