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Buddy Hield, Denzel Valentine

32 All-Conference Teams, From Greatest (SEC) to Good (MEAC)

The MEAC All-Conference team would be the weakest of the 32 All-Conference teams, but the sum of their players at www.valueaddbasketball.com still projects as a 92-70 winner against the likes of Tennessee Tech and Illinois State ranked in the middle of the team ratings at www.kenpom.com.

Wayne Selden Jr., Perry Ellis, Denzel Valentine

Breakthrough Analytics Allow Fans to Project Hoops Upset Margins

Newly created Value Add 3.0 Basketball now creates the equivalent of a Sagarin Projection Rating for all 4000 basketball players to enable quick projections on final scores in light of basketball players being injured or returning. DonBest updates injury status on all teams here.

Darrelle Revis, Rob Ninkovich, Matthew Slater, Calvin Pryor

By Giving Jets the Ball and the Wind, the Patriots Blew It

The Patriots wanted to kick the ball south to have the wind at their back the entire period. To do that, Matthew Slater had to simply point south and say, “We want to go that way,” and at that point the Jets would have most likely chosen to receive the ball and would have had to battle the wind while going right to left on your TV screen.

Jordan McLaughlin AP

USC’s Jordan McLaughlin Tops 1st Value Add Rankings

The top-ranked Value Add player in the country signed with USC six months after USA Today splashed a picture of USC Song Girls welcoming coach Andy Enfield as their new head basketball coach accompanied by these words: “Andy Enfield’s model wife, Amanda Marcum was there. As were the USC Song Girls. If ever there was a single image that could help USC recruit star high school basketball players, this is it.”

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50 Most Valuable College Players Out on Opening Day

Duke and Oregon are about 20 points better than opening day opponents Siena and Jackson State according to www.kenpom.com, but they are the two teams that could be hurt by up to 10 points a game by injuries. The table below shows the 50 best players on the bench for opening day, and how many points they are typically worth to their team based on www.valueaddbasketball.com.

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Breitbart Sports All-Conference Basketball Teams

Four All-Americans give the Big Ten the toughest All-Conference team, led by Melo Trimble who hopes to lead Maryland to a Big Ten and national title. Most of the talent is concentrated in the 10 preseason All-Conference teams listed below, but All-Americans Fred VanVleet and Ron Baker of Wichita State lead the “best of the rest” from the other 23 conferences.

Steve Spurrier, Les Miles

Even at Duke, Steve Spurrier Made Opponents Quake

Steve Spurrier’s first words to me were: “Well, I know the boys at Clemson are shaking in their boots after watching that display!” Everyone within earshot burst out laughing, imagining the Duke defense, that had just lost 49-28 to the University of Virginia, against No. 7 Clemson the next week.