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Posted by Michael Humes on November 9, 2012

ESPN College Basketball Analysts Select Conference Winners & Final Four Teams

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As the 2012-13 season counts down, nine ESPN college basketball analysts weighed in with their conference predictions for the ACC, BIG EAST, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and SEC as well as their picks for the Final Four. Highlights:

  • While some varied their picks for conference champions and the Final Four, all nine analysts selected Louisville for the BIG EAST and Kansas for the Big 12 titles.
  • Arizona was the overwhelming favorite out of the Pac-12 with eight overall picks. Sean Farnham was the only dissenting vote, taking UCLA to win the conference.
  • Defending national champion Kentucky garnered the most picks for the SEC title with five, while Florida received three, and Missouri, one.
  • Overall, each analyst predicts a different combination of Final Four teams with Indiana and Louisville being the most popular combination with six.
  • Eight of the nine analysts predicted Louisville would reach the Final Four with Indiana coming in second as the most common pick at six.
  • Other Final Four picks: Kansas with five; Florida with three; Kentucky, Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State and Gonzaga at two each; and Arizona, Missouri, NC State and UNLV one apiece. is offering an extensive college basketball preview with additional predictions, reports, analysis, features and more.

ESPN’s 2012-13 men’s college basketball schedule on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN3, ESPN Regional Television and ESPN FULL COURT will feature more than 1,450 games.

ESPN Analysts College Basketball Preseason Picks

AnalystACCBIG EASTBig TenBig 12Pac-12SECFinal Four
Dick VitaleNC StateLouisvilleIndianaKansasArizonaKentuckyIndiana, Kentucky, Louisville & Ohio State
Jay BilasNC StateLouisvilleIndianaKansasArizonaKentuckyIndiana, Kansas, Kentucky & Louisville
Fran FraschillaNorth CarolinaLouisvilleIndianaKansasArizonaMissouriIndiana, Kansas, Louisville & Missouri
Jimmy DykesNC StateLouisvilleIndianaKansasArizonaKentuckyIndiana, Louisville, Michigan & NC State
Andy KatzNC StateLouisvilleMichigan StateKansasArizonaFloridaFlorida, Kansas, Louisville & Michigan State
Seth GreenbergDukeLouisvilleMichigan StateKansasArizonaKentuckyGonzaga, Kansas, Louisville & Michigan State
Stephen BardoNC StateLouisvilleMichiganKansasArizonaFloridaFlorida, Kansas, Ohio State & UNLV
Bruce PearlNC StateLouisvilleIndianaKansasArizonaFloridaArizona, Florida, Indiana & Louisville
Sean FarnhamNC StateLouisvilleIndianaKansasUCLAKentuckyGonzaga, Indiana, Louisville & Michigan