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Selection Morning update: Who’s No. 1 in the Midwest?

dave1It’s Selection Sunday!  And one of the biggest questions we’ll have answered tonight is this: Who’s No. 1 in the Midwest Region?

With Louisville’s win over Syracuse on Sunday and Indiana’s loss to Wisconsin, that scenario is up for debate.  Both the Cardinals and Hoosiers would relish the opportunity to go through Indianapolis.  It will come down to this: the team that ends up higher on the Selection Committee’s final seed list gets first choice.  Indiana won the regular-season Big Ten title and should be a No. 1 seed regardless.  Same for Louisville after sweeping through the Big East tournament.

Selection Morning Bracket Update (March 17)  |  1:30 a.m.

There are two No. 1 seed spots remaining with three teams realistically in the mix: Duke, Gonzaga, and Kansas.  Based on pure profile metrics of quality wins, etc. the edge would have to go to Duke and Kansas.  At the same time, Gonzaga successfully navigated a strong non-conference slate and survived the West Coast Conference without a loss.

If there’s a game that matters today, it’s the SEC title matchup between Ole Miss and Florida.  Are the Rebels already in or do they need to beat Florida today?  Guess is the Selection Committee has already made that decision.  If not, then one spot remains open.  Which of the bubble teams might get that spot is highly subjective.  For a variety or reasons, it would be rewarding for the Committee to recognize Middle Tennessee State on its excellent season.

We’ll have our final bracket projection this afternoon.

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