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.
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ESPN Analysts College Basketball Preseason Picks
|Analyst||ACC||BIG EAST||Big Ten||Big 12||Pac-12||SEC||Final Four|
|Dick Vitale||NC State||Louisville||Indiana||Kansas||Arizona||Kentucky||Indiana, Kentucky, Louisville & Ohio State|
|Jay Bilas||NC State||Louisville||Indiana||Kansas||Arizona||Kentucky||Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky & Louisville|
|Fran Fraschilla||North Carolina||Louisville||Indiana||Kansas||Arizona||Missouri||Indiana, Kansas, Louisville & Missouri|
|Jimmy Dykes||NC State||Louisville||Indiana||Kansas||Arizona||Kentucky||Indiana, Louisville, Michigan & NC State|
|Andy Katz||NC State||Louisville||Michigan State||Kansas||Arizona||Florida||Florida, Kansas, Louisville & Michigan State|
|Seth Greenberg||Duke||Louisville||Michigan State||Kansas||Arizona||Kentucky||Gonzaga, Kansas, Louisville & Michigan State|
|Stephen Bardo||NC State||Louisville||Michigan||Kansas||Arizona||Florida||Florida, Kansas, Ohio State & UNLV|
|Bruce Pearl||NC State||Louisville||Indiana||Kansas||Arizona||Florida||Arizona, Florida, Indiana & Louisville|
|Sean Farnham||NC State||Louisville||Indiana||Kansas||UCLA||Kentucky||Gonzaga, Indiana, Louisville & Michigan|