Charlie Crème of ESPN has three PAC12 teams in the top six in his "Way too early" top-25 rankings for 2019/2020. His "Final Four" prediction is Oregon, Baylor, Stanford and Maryland.
Oregon and Baylor will probably have too much juice for our youngsters during the regular season, but the more I study our 2019 recruits and imagine the maturing of our Cardinal team going into next March - I think Oregon and Baylor will have a lot to think about. When the Final Four rolls around, I foresee a battle royal with Tara's young group fighting their way past Baylor in the semis - into the championship game. The secret weapon Charlie is missing - and I think will be the difference-maker will be Hannah Jump. I see Ms. Jump hitting eight of our eighteen threes against Baylor and putting us into the final against Oregon. And then Katy bar the door!!
Ten out of ten analysts will probably have the Ducks holding up the trophy, but don't sell Tara and her team short. I predict that by the end of March, Stanford's offense will be producing more threes than any NCAA team ever. I think an all PAC12 championship game is a definite possibility, and that would lay down a marker for the rest of the WBB community to come to grips with. I think the PAC12 is laying the groundwork for a decade of top teams, top recruiting classes, and a whole new power structure, moving away from the traditional eastern favorites to Stanford, Oregon, Oregon State, UCLA and the rest of the PAC12. I predict that Stanford will shock Charlie and the rest of the analysts with a thunderstorm of threes against Oregon and win the championship in 2020!!
I still see Stanford going undefeated in 2020/2021 and again holding up the trophy in April. Sure appreciate the work Charlie puts in and can't wait to watch all this unfold next season. Can you see why I'm so excited about our team going forward? This is the season and this is the team Tara has been building toward for years. Go Tara!! Go Cardinal!!