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Bracket update: Virginia pushing for another No. 1 seed

dave1As we begin the march toward Selection Sunday, Virginia has again put itself in position to compete for a No.1 seed in the NCAA tournament. The Cavaliers completed an unbeaten non-conference slate and have all the resume numbers firmly intact. Only a tough Atlantic Coast Conference docket, which includes projected ACC champion Duke, is keeping UVA off the top line in today’s bracket.  Who are the No. 1 seeds?  The same four teams who opened the season atop the Field of 68 – Kentucky, Duke, Wisconsin, and Arizona.

January 9 – Bracket Projection

January 9 – Seed List

As noted in the New Year’s Day update, we have some quirky resumes on the at-large board.  Take for example, Providence. The Friars have quality wins over Notre Dame and Butler and own a solid 7-2 mark vs. the current RPI Top 100. Those same Friars also own losses to Boston College and Brown (at home).  It’s been one of those years.

Then we have a team like Wyoming – which could ultimately be bogged down by a weak non-conference schedule. The Cowboys look like an NCAA team, but will need a strong Mountain West effort to overcome a non-conference SOS ranked No. 343 (out of 351 teams). The Seed List for today’s bracket remains quite fluid.  If you don’t like the final at-large projections, check back soon.  It’s likely to change.  Keep in mind, a team’s entire resume matters, and since we’re still early in league play, close losses to quality teams – especially on the road – isn’t a huge issue, even if it means a losing conference record. On a final note … league record isn’t the only factor used to determine a projected automatic bid.  The further we advance through conference play, the more weight will be given to overall league standings.  DePaul is a perfect example. The Blue Demons currently lead the Big East, but it seems a bit premature to project that DePaul is more likely than Villanova to win the league title. Enjoy the latest update.  Another huge weekend of college hoops awaits.

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