The 2018-2019 season ended last night with a thrilling and captivating final between Virginia and Texas Tech dueling it out. Virginia emerged victorious in a 85-77 overtime battle.
Now we stare into the long abyss of the offseason until the season renews in the winter. But it’s not too early to look into the future!
The OG of the bracktologists, ESPN’s Joe Lunardi has his bracket predictions out here
Lunardi has Michigan State, the defending champions Virginia, Duke, and Michigan as the one seeds.
He has the Ducks as a 4 seed in the EAST region with Coach Altman’s crew facing the 13 seeded Harvard Crimson in nearby Spokane, washington. Interestingly, regional host Gonzaga is a three seed in the WEST region.
Lunardi predicts three Pac-12 teams with the Ducks being the highest of the three. Territorial Cup rivals Arizona and Arizona State are the other two. Arizona makes a return to the Dance but as a 11 seed play in game against the ACC’s Virginia Tech. the Sun Devils get in as a 10 seed against the seventh seeded Texas Longhorns.
Gary Parrish of CBS Sports has put out his Top 25 and 1 for next season.
The Ducks are ranked 16th in the this ranking. just missing the top 15 behind the now coach less Cincinnati Bearcats as Mick Cronin was hired away by UCLA. The top ten is littered with the usual suspects and Sparty, Michigan, Virginia, Duke, Auburn leading the top five.
Parrish expects former five star recruit Louis King to return to Eugene along with defensive legend Kenny Wooten.
It’s a pretty fair ranking given that the teams above the Ducks expect to be conference title contenders if not national title contenders for the most part.
Mike Rutherford of SB Nation has his way too early top 25 out this morning here
His top five consists of nearly everyone’s favorites: Virginia, Michigan State, Michigan, Duke, Kentucky.
Here’s what he had to say about the Pac-12 conference tournament champions:
“11. Oregon Ducks
2018-19 Record: 25-13
2018-19 Finish: Sweet 16
Oregon had preseason expectations that were this high a year ago, but never really figured things out until the season’s final three weeks. Bol Bol going down less than halfway through the season certainly played a part in that. Assuming Louis King chooses to delay his professional career by a year, the Ducks should be good at a far more consistent clip in 2019-20. Dana Altman has the team to beat in the Pac-12.”
David Fucilio of SBNation has the odds for every team winning the national title here, courtesy of the WestGate Superbook.
Oregon is listed with the 12th best odds at 20/1, tied with Arizona for best in the Pac-12.
Of course, all this goes without saying that coaching changes, transfers, early draft declarations can change everything and anything.
What say ye, ATQ, are these fair rankings or are the Ducks winning the national title in Atlanta next year?