Battle of the Conferences


Both Pitt's Dajuan Blair and North Carolina's Tyler Hansbrough represent the cream of the crop in their respective leagues. But which league would win a head to head matchup?

Ok, so conference tournaments have already begun and the NCAA Tournament is right around the corner.

The brackets and all the madness associated with them will be here shortly but considering that the major conferences announced their All-Conference teams the other day, I wanted to see how they stack up against each other.

So I figured one more tournament can’t hurt as we prepare for the big dance. Here’s the deal, I ranked the all-conference teams from the six BCS conferences and put them up against each other tournament style.

The seeding is as follows:

1. Big East

Hasheem Thabeet (UConn), Sam Young (Pitt), Dajuan Blair (Pitt), Jerel McNeal (Marquette) and Terrence Williams (Louisville).

Best Player: Jerel McNeal

2. ACC

Tyler Hansbrough (UNC), Gerald Henderson (Duke), Ty Lawson (UNC), Jack McClinton (Miami) and Tony Douglass (FSU).

Best Player: Gerald Henderson

3. Big 12

Blake Griffin (Oklahama), Sheron Collins (Kansas), Cole Aldrich (Kansas), Craig Brackins (Iowa State) and Demarre Carroll (Missouri).

Best Player: Blake Griffin

4. Big Ten

Manny Harris (Michigan), Kalin Lucas (Michigan State), Evan Turner (Ohio State), Tony Battle (Penn State) and Jajuan Johnson (Purdue).

Best Player: Kalin Lucas

5. SEC

Nick Calethes (Florida), Jodie Meeks (Kentucky), Tyler Smith (Tennessee), Devan Downey (South Carolina) and Marcus Thornton (LSU).

Best Player: Jodie Meeks

6. Pac-10

Nick Collison (UCLA), Chase Buddinger (Arizona), James Harden (ASU), Jon Brockman (Wash), and Jeff Pendergraf (ASU).

Best Player: Nick Collison

Ok now for the match-ups. Since we only have six teams, each of the top two will get a bye.

Here we go.

First round:

#3 Big 12 vs #6 Pac-10:

Darren Collison gets a slight advantage at the point guard spot, but that’s where the love ends the Pac-10 in this one. James Haden may be a matchup  problem for the Big 12, but the boys from the west have no answer for Blake Griffin.

Big 12 moves on.

Game MVP: Blake Griffin

#4 Big Ten vs #5 SEC

A #4 vs #5 game is always tough to call. The Big Ten team is very talented but they’re very young; all sophomores. the SEC gets the victory as Jodie Meeks proves unstoppable with Nick Calethes feeding him the ball.

Game MVP: Jodie Meeks.

2nd Round

#1 Big East vs #5 SEC

All Big East all day in this one. Thabeet and Blair control everything within 15 feet of the rim while the perimeter defense of McNeal, Young and Williams holds Meeks to under 15 points. The SEC  (like many teams) has no answer for Young as he goes for 25.

Game MVP: Sam Young

#2 ACC vs #3 Big 12

Obviously Blake Griffin is a load to handle. Add Cole Aldrich to the mix and the advantage on the inside goes to the Big 12. However, I like Ty Lawson’s speed in his matchup with Sherron Collins.

Also Tony Douglas’ defense and Gerald Henderson’s athleticism will be major factors. But the game breaker in this one is Jack McClinton whose deadly clutch shooting gets the ACC to the championship game.

Game MVP: Jack McClinton

In case you never heard of him:

Championship Game:

#1 Big East vs #2 ACC

The Big East’s squad is definitely  the toughest defensive team  in the field and it really comes in handy against the offensively talented ACC bunch. Lawson’s speed will be a problem, but whenever he gets in the lane, the twin towers will be waiting.

This Big East team is loaded with grown men and no disrespect to Hansbrough, but he gets held to a season low in both points and rebounds.

Big  Double digit scoring for all Bit East players as they win this one going away.

Game MVP: Dajuan Blair

Champion: Big East.

Tournament MDP (Most Dynamic Player): Blake Griffin.


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