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Bracket Takes: Do we underappreciate Villanova?

Dave2015Villanova is the reigning National Champion of college basketball.  The Wildcats are ranked No. 1 in the polls, No. 1 in the RPI, and No. 2 at Ken Pomeroy (Ken Pom). They are 7-0 away from home (5-0 neutral, 2-0 road)and have a Top 10 non-conference strength of schedule.  And yet, they seem underappreciated.  Duke, Kentucky, Kansas, North Carolina, and UCLA grab the headlines.  That’s because stars often grab our attention, and the Blue Bloods just mentioned have rosters stocked with potential pros. Any combination of those five could reach the Final Four and/or be No. 1 seeds.  When fully healthy, Duke still looks like the team to beat; we’ll see. But let’s take a moment to appreciate ‘Nova. The other Wildcats are No. 1 on our current seed list and hold the No. 1 seed in the East Region in our latest bracket projection.

Bracketology   |   Seed List

There are a few other oddities of note in today’s update.  Most notably, the Atlantic 10 and American conferences are light on bids.  While it’s doubtful that scenario remains in place come March (three bids combined), it’s been a quirky November and December for teams in those leagues. 

Rhode Island had struggled. Same for VCU.  Temple has a pair of high quality wins but also a few hiccups.  Connecticut is battling injuries.  SMU is hanging around the cutline.  Conference play will be critically important.

Given what we just noted about the A10 and AAC, the Big Ten and Big East benefit most. We have to fill all 68 slots, and teams like Minnesota and Northwestern are holding their own.  Same for Seton Hall and Providence. Enjoy a great Saturday of college hoops.

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