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Quick Takes: Who’s the fourth No. 1 seed?

Dave2015As we peek ahead toward Thursday’s bracket, one question stands out: Who’s the fourth No. 1 seed?  Is it Duke, which lost to Syracuse but was missing key players?  Is it Kansas, who has more Group 1 wins than anyone against the nation’s No. 1 schedule?  Or is it Michigan State, who is tied with KU with nine wins against Groups 1/2 and whose two losses (Kansas, at Louisville) are by a combined 10 points?

One could make a compelling case for any of the three, and since Selection Sunday is still two months away, it’s really not all that important today.  At quick glance, I would favor Kansas by a slight margin for these reasons: the Jayhawks’ top-rated schedule; their superior total of Group 1 wins, especially since two of those wins are Tennessee and Michigan State, and that head-to-head win over MSU as a tiebreaker.  The other No. 1’s on Thursday will be Michigan, Virginia, and the aforementioned Volunteers.

Additional Quick Takes …

  • Virginia dominated Virginia Tech.  Then again, if the Cavaliers make 13 treys (while shooting 54% from deep), they probably aren’t going to lose anywhere, especially at home.
  • Tennessee continued its recent dominance, too, running the Hogs out of Knoxville.
  • Florida added another close to its resume (falling by three points at Mississippi State).  That trend needs to do a one-eighty and quick; UF is now 0-6 vs. Group 1 teams.
  • How about LSU on the road?  The Tigers took a bite out of surging Ole Miss and added a much-needed Group 1 win to their profile.
  • Close call awards to Nevada and Saint Louis, both of whom barely escaped bad losses.
  • No such luck for NC State or Davidson.  The Wolfpack fell at Wake Forest (NET: 192) and Davidson lost at Saint Joseph’s (NET: 170)
  • After a tough start away from home, Marquette posted its second true road win of the season, slipping past Georgetown in DC.
  • Pittsburgh has put itself in the at-large conversation after a shaky patch in early December.  The Panthers have knocked off Florida State and Louisville in recent outings.  Now, can they sustain that momentum on the road?

Enjoy another busy night of college hoops.

 

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