The Twelve Pack just completed the sixth round of the SB Nation Conference Re-Draft by selecting the Duke Blue Devils. Here's where we stand through six rounds.
-- Twelve Pack (Us): Duke (Texas, Georgia, U.C.L.A., Wisconsin, Washington)
-- Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants: Kansas (Florida, Penn State, Virginia Tech, Miami (Fla.), Auburn)
-- Team Speed Kills: California (Alabama, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Texas A&M, Arizona)
-- Conference TMZ: Maryland (Ohio State, Florida State, Louisville, Michigan State, West Virginia)
-- The House of a Thousand Sanctions: Kentucky (USC, Notre Dame, Oregon, Tennessee, Syracuse)
-- The Cult Of Les Miles: Iowa (LSU, Michigan, North Carolina, Stanford, Arkansas)
Or, in handy table format:
|1||1. Texas||2. Florida||3. Alabama||4. Ohio State||5. USC||6. LSU|
|2||12. Georgia||11. Penn State||10. Oklahoma||9. Florida State||8. Notre Dame||7. Michigan|
|3||13. U.C.L.A.||14. Virginia Tech||15. Nebraska||16. Louisville||17. Oregon||18. North Carolina|
|4||24. Wisconsin||23. Miami (Fla.)||22. Texas A&M||21. Michigan State||20. Tennessee||19. Stanford|
|5||25. Washington||26. Auburn||27. Arizona||28. West Virginia||29. Syracuse||30. Arkansas|
|6||36. Duke||35. Kansas||34. California||33. Maryland||32. Kentucky||31. Iowa|
Round six was all about hoops, Hawkeyes and hippies. Basketball-first schools dominated the round with the House of A Thousand Sanctions (House of Sparky) selecting Kentucky at 32, Conference TMZ (Big East Coast Bias) selecting Maryland at 33 and The Sisterhood of the Traveling Panties (Black Heart Gold Pants) selecting Kansas at 35.
But the other five commissioners let a few terrible decades of football scare them off from the real hoops prize, Duke basketball.
Duke basketball generated over $26M in revenue in 2009-10, which by itself was more revenue generated by both the revenue sports at Florida State ($24.7M) and Maryland ($22.2M). Combined with the over $16M generated from football, Duke ranks 25th nationally in revenues last year.
The Blue Devils also kill it in the non-revenue sports and are currently ranked 3rd in the Director's Cup standings (if that's your thing), behind only Stanford and Ohio State.
Plus along with U.C.L.A., Texas and Wisconsin, the addition of Duke arguably gives The Twelve Pack four of the top 10 college hoops programs in the country. Washington is no slouch either and Georgia, well, they are improving?
Duke adds a private school with deep pockets -- an endowment pushing $5 billion, yes with a B -- and a commitment to winning athletic programs (that are not football). It also gives the Twelve Pack a foothold in a growing part of the country which continues to see double-digit population growth. Plus, it's another solid road trip destination to go along with Austin, Athens, Westwood, Seattle and Madison.
Head on over to Duke Basketball Report and welcome the newest addition of the Twelve Pack.
It's a quick turnaround as we are back on the clock in Round 7. Who you taking? What do you think of the Twelve Pack thus far?