Bracket update: Virginia pushing for another No. 1 seed
As 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.
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.