Bracket Update: Sooners lead race to Selection Sunday
With the Super Bowl in our rear-view mirror, eyes turn toward Selection Sunday – apologies to the diehard baseball fans who toss in the start of Spring Training ahead of March Madness. Anyway, we’re a month away from the annual NCAA Tournament Selection Show and few bracket positions have been secured. If you’re just joining the college hoops landscape, it’s been that type of season. Welcome, by the way.
Oklahoma continues to lead the Field of 68, but the No. 1 seed line is far from certain. At this point a year ago, we pretty much knew that Kentucky, Wisconsin, and Duke would be No. 1 seeds. This year, we can’t lock anyone into place. Positioning along the top three lines is very much in flux, even if we have a good idea about the contenders. The bubble is no different. Strap on your seatbelt; it could be a bumpy ride to the finish.
As a reminder, Louisville self-imposed a post-season ban last Friday, which eliminates the Cardinals from bracket consideration. SMU did the same before the season. Thus, two at-large teams will be Dancing on Selection Sunday courtesy of the Cards and Mustangs. Today, those two teams are Clemson and Saint Joseph’s. In the Tigers’ case, a solid group of ACC wins (mostly at home) is lifting up non-conference schedule ranked No. 341. Ultimately, that could cost Clemson a month from now – we’ve seen it before. When a team goes 7-5 against one of the worst non-conference schedules in the nation, it takes an exceptional conference season to overcome the disparity.
Enjoy your week of college hoops.