Predicting the Champion For Each Major Conference in the 2014-15 College Basketball Season

Predicting the Champion For Each Major Conference in 2014-15

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Teams like the Florida Gators, Duke Blue Devils and North Carolina Tar Heels will compete for a championship in the 2014-15 college basketball season. Great recruiting and solid coaching make that possible. Those three will without a doubt compete for a conference title in the upcoming season, but will they be the favorites? Find out by seeing the champion for each major conference. Prediction style.

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Shaka Smart
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Shaka Smart
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Atlantic 10: VCU Rams
The VCU Rams are losing some key players, but they are returning enough talent to not only compete for a conference title, but a national championship as well. Plus, Shaka Smart is the head coach.

MWC: San Diego State
Losing Xavier Thames is not going to be easy to rebound from, but San Diego State has the roster to win the MWC in 2014-15. Other teams will compete for the conference title, though.

AAC: SMU Mustangs

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AAC: SMU Mustangs

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The SMU Mustangs should have made the 2014 NCAA tournament. Luckily for them, plenty of talent is coming back, they will not enter the season way under-the-radar and Larry Brown is still going to be the head coach. However, the Mustangs will have to fight off the defending national champs to take home the conference title.

ACC: Duke Blue Devils

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ACC: Duke Blue Devils

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Louisville, Syracuse, Duke, North Carolina and many other solid programs will all be battling it out for an ACC title. However, Duke brings back some talent. Oh yeah, the Blue Devils are also bringing in the top recruiting class, which includes the No. 1 ranked recruit. No more Jabari Parker and Rodney Hood, but the team will still compete for a title.

Big 10: Wisconsin Badgers

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Big 10: Wisconsin Badgers

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Teams like Michigan State, Ohio State and Michigan will all be losing star players. Those teams should still compete, but no team in the Big 10 will be as talented as the Wisconsin Badgers. You have to remember that Wisconsin made the Final Four this past season and is also bringing back many players from that team.

Big 12: Texas Longhorns

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Big 12: Texas Longhorns

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This one may be a little bold considering the Kansas Jayhawks pretty much win the conference title on a yearly basis, but Texas is coming off of a very successful season. Plus, the Longhorns should be better. Bringing in the No. 2 ranked recruit tends to do that.

Big East: Villanova Wildcats

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Big East: Villanova Wildcats

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Villanova’s expectations will be very high in 2014. The Wildcats got back on track by winning the Big East title this past season and I am sure Jay Wright is planning on that success carrying over to the upcoming season. It helps that Creighton, the only team to beat Villanova in the Big East during the regular season, is losing Doug McDermott. Well, not for the Bluejays that is.

Pac-12: Arizona Wildcats

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Pac-12: Arizona Wildcats

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UCLA would have been much better if Zach LaVine, Jordan Adams and Kyle Anderson all returned, but that is not the case. Arizona loses Aaron Gordon and Nick Johnson, but as usual, the team has leftover talent from last season and Sean Miller recruited some of the best players in the nation once again.

SEC: Kentucky Wildcats

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SEC: Kentucky Wildcats

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Kentucky could enter the season by being ranked No. 1 in college hoops. That tends to happen when a John Calipari team actually has experience. Calipari recruited some great talents once again, which could lead to a very, very good season for the Wildcats. You’re probably looking at the deepest and tallest team in college basketball.

Trevor Lowry is a Content Associate at RantSports.com. If you’re a tweeter feel free to follow him @TheTrevorLowry or add him to your network on Google.

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