Predictions for The 2015-2016 College Basketball Season

Ben Simmons will win Naismith College Player of the Year.

There is so much excitement around Ben Simmons. He brings a championship mindset to LSU. His versatility is very special, having the ability to make an impact around the perimeter and in the post. I am very excited to watch the Montverde Academy Graduate.


A 16th seed beats a 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

Conferences like the CAA, Patriot and the Horizon league contain teams that are capable of defeating a number one seed. The CAA has Northeastern and James Madison who have experienced rosters and big time playmakers. It has to happen at some point in history.


Maryland wins the National Championship.

The Terrapins come in is #3 in the Preseason Poll. It’s scary how good this team is going to be. With players like Melo Trimble (Big Ten Preseason POY), Jake Layman (Preseason All Big Ten), Diamond Stone (No. 6 ranked prospect by ESPN), and Robert Carter (Georgia Tech Transfer), Maryland will be exciting to watch.


Iowa State will be a bust this season.

The Cyclones will not live up to their hype this season. Although they have a core group of players returning, Fred Hoiberg is not there to lead the charge. New head coach Steve Prohm will have many people watching him and needs to perform to show that he was the right hire.


Duke will be back in the Final Four.

Duke reloaded their roster with the departures of Jahlil Okafor, Justise Winslow, and Tyus Jones. The Blue Devils have Grayson Allen, Brandon Ingram, Matt Jones, Amile Jefferson, and Chase Jeter to help fill in those spots.


Wisconsin will really miss Kaminsky and Dekker.

The Badgers lost their two best players due to the NBA Draft last year. Kaminsky average 18.8 per game last season, and Dekker averaged 13.9 per game. We saw the other night how Wisconsin looks without these two (Loss to Western Illinois). This year Nigel Hayes and Bronson Koenig will need to step up if the Badgers want to compete in the Big Ten.


Villanova makes it past the third round of the NCAA Tournament.

The past five tournament appearances have not gone well for the Wildcats. Jay Wright has the coaching ability to lead his team deep. With Senior Ryan Arcidiacono and the addition of Jalen Brunson, look for the Wildcats to do something special this season.


West Liberty wins the Division II National Championship. Wisconsin Whitewater wins the Division III National Championship.

            I had to give some love to Division II and III. Wisconsin Whitewater is a powerhouse in every major sport in Division III. They will reclaim their title this year. West Liberty is ranked no. 3 in the preseason poll. The Hilltoppers have made the tournament the past six seasons; they are due for a title.


-Phil Wells

Baldwin Wallace University Class of 2018


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