Bracket update: Duke edges Villanova for final No. 1 seed
In an overtime, down-to-the-wire, resume comparison battle, the Duke Blue Devils edged Villanova for the final No. 1 seed in today’s bracket update. Without taking you through all the nuances, Duke’s road wins at Wisconsin and Louisville ultimately trumped Villanova’s better “losses.” It was that close.
Looking ahead, it’s a challenging week for the Blue Devils. They begin a three-game road swing on Sunday that takes them through St. John’s, Notre Dame, and Virginia. In terms of Duke’s final bracket position, the next eight days could be huge.
Elsewhere, the week’s biggest climbers are Georgetown and Indiana. The Hoyas spliced together wins over Butler and Villanova, and the Hoosiers backed up a road win at Illinois by out-gunning Maryland Thursday night in Bloomington. Both are five-seeds today.
We still have a wide range of questionable resumes – both inside and just outside the bracket. Take, for example, Ohio State. While the Buckeyes’ worst losses are to Iowa (twice), OSU lacks an RPI Top 50 win as of this morning – and they have yet to beat a team that would currently qualify for an at-large bid. At some point, that will have to change.
Another good weekend of college hoops is almost here. Enjoy the ride.