No. 11: Who’s The Last Team In?
While Providence cries, who will be cheering? Who will survive life on the bubble and be the last team in this year’s final Field of 65?
Last Team In:
There are a number of candidates here, and all according to our projections would be the last teams in from their respective BCS conferences. Auburn (the last SEC team in) and Cal (the seventh team in from the stacked Pac-10) were heavily considered for out preseason Last Team In. But in the end, we decided to give the honor to a team that has been a permanent fixture on the bubble for years now.
Our Bold Prediction No. 11 is that Florida State (finally) will do just enough to earn a trip to the dance as the seventh and final team out of the ACC. We are banking much of this projection on the play of Toney Douglas and the young group of frontcourt players that the Seminoles will be relying in what will be a highly competitive middle of the pack in the ACC. FSU’s young forwards may take some to fit in, but by the end of the season, they should have gelled well enough to lead the Seminoles on a nice ACC tourney run (knocking off a Duke or NC State in the process). That run will finally (congrats ‘Noles fans) move FSU onto the right side on the bubble on Selection Sunday.
(Note: If the last two Bold Predictions actually happen, we will brag about it forever. Just a warning…)