Bracketology: Wisconsin in prime position to grab a No. 1 seed
With both Virginia and Duke losing Friday night at the ACC tournament, the final two No. 1 seeds are very much up for debate. Wisconsin fans are smiling this morning because winning the Big Ten tournament puts them in prime position to move up. Although still the top two-seed right now, Badger fans will also like the fact that they’ve moved East and away from Kentucky’s slot in the Midwest. Syracuse is closer than Houston, that’s why East over South.
The Selection Committee may have to make a decision about the health of Virginia’s Justin Anderson. While still a great team, UVA isn’t quite the same with him not a full strength. Injuries can have a potential impact on final seeding. If the Committee ends up making a choice between Duke and Virginia for a No. 1 seed slot, do they reward the Cavaliers for their regular season ACC title? Or do they reward Duke for posting two of the biggest road wins this season – at Wisconsin and at Virginia. Duke and UVA only played once.
As of this morning, Duke has the most wins (9) of the trio (UVA/Wisconsin) against NCAA-bound teams. For that reason, plus the most Top 25 RPI wins among the group (7) – Virginia has five; Wisconsin three – Duke sits at No. 3 on the Seed List. By tonight or tomorrow, we’ll see if Wisconsin or Arizona make a final push.
We’ll also be watching the bubble as a couple of potential bid thieves remain. On that note, Colorado State’s J.J. Avila didn’t play in last night’s loss to San Diego State. Another injury situation to monitor.