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SL: Fallout from a wild Saturday

February 27, 2022 Leave a comment

SeedListGraphicWhat a Saturday!

In nearly two decades of projecting NCAA Tournament brackets, never have all four No. 1 seeds lost on the same day – and in succession.  Furthermore, of the top seven teams on Saturday morning’s seed list, six of them absorbed defeats.  Baylor rallied past Kansas in a showcase between two teams who could both still end up as top seeds when the Selection Committee releases its 2022 tournament bracket.  The Bears and Jayhawks split their season series, each winning at home.

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Where does that leave us?  For starters, with an interesting and heated race for exactly how the No. 1 and No. 2 seed lines emerge on Selection Sunday.  It matters for regional placement, and it matters for pod location preference, potentially.  March is two days away. Read more…

Bracketology: Arizona in position for a No. 1 seed

February 15, 2022 Leave a comment

Dave2015If one were hedging bets, Arizona as a No. 1 seed on Selection Sunday would be worth a long look. While the Pac-12 doesn’t offer the type of NET victories found in the Big 12, Big 10 or SEC, it also offers much less resistance.  Take a look at the Wildcats’ schedule between now and the Pac-12 tournament: there’s a strong possibility that Arizona enters post-season play with a 28-2 record. WIth that resume, and an elite NET rating, there is almost no scenario in which the Wildcats would not be a top-line seed, even with a loss in the league tourney.

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Who else is in the No. 1 seed discussion?
For many of the same reasons given about Arizona, Gonzaga feels like a near lock, too.  Thus, the real battle might be for the West Region.  Here are the other No. 1 seed candidates this morning: Auburn, Kentucky, Kansas, Purdue and Baylor.  We’ll have to see how the season-ending injury to Jonathan Tchamwa Tchatchoua impacts the Bears in the closing weeks.  Prayers for a full recovery.  Duke is still in the conversation but will likely need help – and more dominant play – to move past the others.  If the Blue Devils sweep the remainder of their regular-season games, they would enter the ACC tournament at  27-4.  Stay tuned.

Bracketology: Stretch run for No. 1 seeds

February 4, 2022 Leave a comment

Dave2015As we head into the first weekend of February, Auburn and Gonzaga are the strongest bets to retain No. 1 seed status a month from now.  That leaves two positions open for the stretch run.  This morning, those spots are occupied by Baylor and Kansas.  While possible, it’s unlikely both ultimately end up on the top line together.

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Who are the other contenders?  Let’s take a quick peek (in no particular order):

Purdue – The Boilermakers own favorable metrics and performance numbers, and are the loss at Rutgers away from being on the No. 1 line today.  The Big Ten also allows for plenty of Quad 1/2 opportunities between now and Selection Sunday. Read more…

Bracketology: Baylor, Arizona top overall seeds

December 18, 2021 Leave a comment

Dave2015Ahead of a busy weekend in college hoops, Baylor and Arizona lead the latest Field of 68.  The other No. 1 seeds this morning: Duke and Purdue.  Unbeaten Iowa State was also considered for the top line, followed by Gonzaga, Kansas and Xavier.  The Musketeers have a better-than-you-think resume.

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Elsewhere, the latest NET ratings love LSU and USC.  At this point, however, high-end wins are lacking.  Villanova has shot it poorly in its past two games and been soundly beaten by Baylor and Creighton.  As a result, the Wildcats are one of this morning’s most notable Seed List drops.

Not surprisingly, the middle and lower-end of the bracket – along with those along the cutline – is jumbled and the difference between teams in miniscule.  Enjoy your weekend!

Bracketology: Iowa State, Arizona keep climbing

December 11, 2021 Leave a comment

Dave2015As the ups and downs of college hoops continue, Iowa State and Arizona keep climbing the Seed List.  Both are two-seeds in this morning’s bracket update.  ISU falls in at No. 5 overall; Arizona at No. 8.  The Cyclones host Jackson State on Sunday and should be 12-0 heading to their January 1 showdown with Baylor in Ames.  The Wildcats play at Illinois today; they also get Tennessee before Christmas.

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Duke returns as the No. 1 overall seed, followed by Purdue, Baylor and Gonzaga.  While Baylor has been solid, the Bears only high-level win is Michigan State.  They have a showdown with Villanova on Sunday.

Kentucky takes a precipitous drop this morning.  Simply put, the Wildcats schedule has been rather anemic.  Other than Duke on opening night,  UK has played only one other team (Ohio at home) currently not residing in Quad 4 per the NET rankings.

With several big matchups this weekend, the bracket will continue to change.  Sort at your own risk.