04-25-12 12:27 PM - Post#128700 In response to KenZ
Niagara board believes they are a sub-regional host and that they open with Villanova. still hoping Princeton is in the field and hosts us for the sub-reg. not sure on preference for opening game, someone beatable, but don't know enough to say who that might be.
One beatable team should be Villanova - coming off a bad year and having their two top scorers (Wayns and Cheek) both declare for the NBA draft. My guess, however, would be that Jay Wright blocked the Bison as a possible opponent.
Alabama was strong this past year and returns most of their team. However they lose both of their All-SEC players - one of whom was a senior and one who was suspeneded for the last part of the year and is now transferring. Thus they are likely to be worse.
Purdue of course was very good this year, but they lose arguably their three best players (Hummel, Jackson, and Smith), so they will likely be worse.
As for Oregon State, they were fairly good this year and lost in the semis of the hokey CBI tournament. They would have returned virtually their whole team, but their star 2G Jared Cunningham (All PAC-12 first team) declared for the NBA draft. Thus they will likely be fairly good again next year, but not a lot better.
Based on the above, I don't think any of the four 2K Classic opponents are likely to be as strong as Vandy or Marquette were the past two years.
2012-13 Attendance: 19 games and 8,354 miles driven.