Seed List: Baylor, UCLA keep climbing
While a handful of teams scored important wins away from home this past weekend, none will be talked about more than UCLA’s win at Kentucky in Rupp Arena. By beating UK on its home floor, the Bruins erased most doubts about how their immense talent would gel on the floor. One win does not a season make, but the take-away is this … the Bruins should contend for a Pac-12 title and a high seed in March. We’ll see how it plays out.
Easily forgotten (or overlooked) was Baylor’s win over Xavier. A strong second-half pushed the Bears to another impressive victory. Consider the wins on Baylor’s resume through December 4 … Oregon, Michigan State, VCU, Louisville, and Xavier. They’ve also beaten Florida Gulf Coast and Sam Houston State, two other teams who currently project as potential NCAA teams. One could argue that on resume alone the Bears should be in the No. 1 overall position on the Seed List.
We’re roughly a month into the season, and the natural ebb and flow continues across the Seed List. The value or wins (and losses) is an ongoing evaluation. What looks good today may look less so tomorrow, etc. This time of year, the space between seed lines and seeding slots remains small. A big road win can make a big difference. Comparatively, it’s a quieter week for college hoops. Enjoy your hoops.