Why they will win a game in the tournament
True, only one starter returns from last year’s second-round team (Nikola Dragovic, a solid outside shooter and rebounder), but the bench was chock-full of top recruits that are ready to step in (J’Mison Morgan, Drew Gordon, and Malcolm Lee are good examples).
A monster recruiting class led by Oregon prep player of the year Mike Moser helps as well.
Why they won’t win a game (and might miss the tournament)
Already the Bruins are dealing with injuries to key personnel, and we haven’t started the season. Jrue Holiday, as expected, left after his freshman year, and untested Jerime Anderson will have to run the point.
Michael Roll will be expected to deliver at small forward in his senior campaign, which he hasn’t really done so far in his career.
Early season test
Dec. 6. Kansas. On paper, the Bruins are one of the few teams that could match the Jayhawks’ depth. It may all depend on how Anderson can handle Sherron Collins.