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The Battle for the Top Seeds

Posted on: March 11, 2011 6:49 am
Edited on: March 11, 2011 6:51 am
 
by Jerry Palm

Pittsburgh's loss to Connecticut in the Big East tournament on Thursday has opened up the battle for the last two spots on the top line of the bracket a little bit (we'll assume Ohio State and Kansas are safe).

Keep in mind though that Pitt lost to UConn, not South Florida.  The Huskies are a top 4 seed.  The profiles of Pitt and Notre Dame, a winner over Cincinnati on Thursday.  At the moment, I have the Irish ahead, but they may have to win on Saturday to stay there.

Meanwhile, waiting in the wings is Duke, which doesn't have near the quality of wins of the Big East schools.  Their best wins are North Carolina and Temple, both at home, and Kansas State in Kansas City.  It's hard to think of Duke catching either without an ACC tournament win, including beating the Tar Heels in the final.

San Diego State is still sitting there also, with just the two losses to full-strength BYU.  If they win the Mountain West tournament, they might get consideration as well.  Again though, the lack of quality wins could be a problem.  The Aztecs best would be, UNLV three times, twice on the road, including today, plus maybe depleted BYU.

Syracuse, Purdue, and Wisconsin could possibly make a run as well.  The Orange could get a crack at Notre Dame themselves.  If Purdue or Wisconsin won the Big Ten tournament, beating Ohio State on Sunday, they might have a case, but would probably need a fair amount of help.


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nootmeak
Since: Oct 17, 2011
Posted on: October 17, 2011 12:53 pm
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Since: Jan 7, 2011
Posted on: October 16, 2011 10:40 pm
 

The Battle for the Top Seeds

YOU SAY EVERYONE HAS A TOUGH GAME LEFT???ARE YOU FORGETTING BOISE STATE WHO ALWAYS PLAYS THE CUPCAKES.......THEY DONT HAVE A TOUGH GAME BEFORE OR AFTER......ITS A DAMN SHAME THE BCS DOESNT COUNT STRENGHT OF SCHEDULE.....ANYONE CAN LOAD UP ON CUPCAKES AND GO UN-DEFEATED.....THE BEST TEAM THEY WILL PLAY ALL YEAR IS LOWLY GEORGIA.........GIVE ME A BREAK AND MAKE IT FAIR TO THE BIG BOYS WHO BEAT UP ON EACH OTHER WEEK AFTER WEEK INSTEAD OF PLAYING ONE GAME A YEAR LIKE BOISE



Since: Jan 10, 2011
Posted on: March 12, 2011 8:51 am
 

The Battle for the Top Seeds

How's that #1 seed thing going, ND?



Since: Mar 27, 2009
Posted on: March 12, 2011 2:33 am
 

The Battle for the Top Seeds

Lost is a lost



Since: Mar 27, 2009
Posted on: March 12, 2011 2:33 am
 

The Battle for the Top Seeds

SDSU can't help that the teams from the east will not schedule pre conf games.  You play who you play and win those games.  That Marquette lose was terrrible.  2 loses vs 6 loses... hmmmm



Since: Mar 27, 2009
Posted on: March 12, 2011 2:30 am
 

The Battle for the Top Seeds

I don't agree.  I think a lose is a lose.  You can't be better if you can't win the games.  That's why they play them.  It's very rare to see any of the teams from the east schedule the teams in the west for pre conf games.  You can't tell me they are better when there are no head to head games to justify your comments.



Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: March 11, 2011 8:42 pm
 

The Battle for the Top Seeds

My number 1 seeds are Kansas, Ohio State, Notre Dame, and Duke. IF Duke wins the ACC tournament they will definitely get a number 1 seed. Notr Dame needs to win the Big East too or they risk losing their spot to San Diego St. Kansas and Ohio St. are safe. The rest of the spots really depend on who wins their conference tournament. North Carolina is also a contender. They could take Duke's spot if they win the ACC tournament. I am very excited for Selection Sunday and the conference finals. The finals will answer a lot of questions about the top teams. We will get to see who is for real and who isn't as real. It will tie up the loose ends of the regular season. I am a Pittsburgh fan, and it was very disappointing to see them lose in the Big East tournament and lose their number 1 spot. I am hoping the get a number 2 spot in the East so they can stay close to home. 



Since: Feb 26, 2011
Posted on: March 11, 2011 5:06 pm
 

The Battle for the Top Seeds

if duke wins the acc they should get a number one.Pitt shouldn't,who cares about the regular season.That don't mean anything.It's what you do in the tournaments.Which Pitt lost and lost early.Last year Duke won it all.That's not bad for a borderline team.



Since: Apr 6, 2009
Posted on: March 11, 2011 2:44 pm
 

The Battle for the Top Seeds

Here is the latest bubble watch heading into the final weekend... 



Since: Mar 11, 2011
Posted on: March 11, 2011 2:33 pm
 

The Battle for the Top Seeds

If SDSU pulls of the MWC tournemant championship, every team that claims the remaining 2 top seeds will have multiple losses to unranked teams, except the Aztecs, who have NO LOSSES TO UNRANKED TEAMS.

SDSU also has zero wins aginst ranked teams.

Compare SDSU to Notre Dame, for example, Notre Dame has NINE wins already against teams in the current AP Top 25; SDSU, I believe, has a big ZERO.  Notre Dame has 14 wins against teams that will be in the tournament; SDSU has 4 (of those, both teams beat Gonzaga).

Oh, and ND does not have "multiple losses to unranked teams"; it has 1, to Marquette at Marquette.

How do you figure that beating zero good teams qualifies one for a top seed?  The profiles of SDSU and ND are not remotely close.  ND would get the #1 seed over SDSU by a mile.


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