It’s that time of year again. February is the month where all NCAA tournament teams trying to make the dance start working on their resumes. Making the tournament is the focus but the prize is the bragging rights you get being selected as one of the four #1 seeds for the tournament. Every year four teams are selected, every year one or two of them are debuted. Another bragging right comes to the sports writers for guessing the four top seeds and getting them all right. As it gets close to selection Sunday I’m sure this list will change but for right now here’s my list of the #1 seeds of the up coming tournament. Let us know in the comments and poll section if you agree or disagree. (Updated 2/11/13)
It was a bit easier to leave Indiana listed as a #1 seed this week. They beat #4 Michigan at home and #13 Ohio St. on the road. With quality wins like that, the lost to Illinois did not move them down. With wins against likely tournament teams in Georgetown, North Carolina, Minnesota, Michigan State, Ohio State and Michigan, the Hoosiers’ resume is still strong. They still have road games at Michigan State, Minnesota and Michigan and a home game against Ohio State so they are not a lock for that top spot yet but the strength of the Big 10 this year means they can lose one or two of those games and still grab one of those top spots.
This was a tough week to evaluate the Wolverines. They lost at Indiana and at Wisconsin but won at home against Ohio State. Losing to both Indiana and Wisconsin on the road can be considered at good loses and with every other top 5 team losing, with the exception of Duke, the Wolverines keep a top seed for now.. They have wins over Pittsburgh, Kansas State, North Carolina State, and big road wins at Minnesota and at Illinois. They have games upcoming Indiana and two games with Michigan State they will give the Wolverines a good change to lock up a #1 seed.
No one saw this Hurricane coming. Perhaps the biggest surprise of the season so far, the Canes are undefeated in the ACC, at 10 – 0, with an overall record of 19 – 3. They are first in strength of schedule and on an 11 game winning streak. In this streak they have two wins against North Carolina, a win against N.C. State and a blowout win against Duke. The Canes will the favored in the rest of their games with only a visit to Cameron Indoor Stadium to battle the Blue Devils standing in their way to becoming the overall #1 seed.
Duke Blue Devils
With the 2nd hardest schedule, the Blue Devils accomplished something no one else in the top 5 did, win all of their games this week. In surviving on the road against Boston College they are making a good case to claim that overall #1 seed. The resume is strong with wins against Kentucky, Minnesota, VCU, Louisville and Ohio State. They can strengthen it even more and push for the overall #1 seed if they can get wins in upcoming games against N.C. State, Miami and North Carolina.
Teams close but not yet there:
Florida Gators– 19 – 3, Leader in the Southeastern Conference
Syracuse Orange – 20 – 3, Co-leader of the Big East Conference
Arizona Wildcats – 20 – 3, Co-Leader of the Pac 12 Conference
Gonzaga Bulldogs – 23 – 2, Leader of the West Coast Conference
Michigan State Spartans – 20 – 4, Co-Leader of the Big 10 Conference
Who is your overall #1 Seed?
- Indiana Hoosiers (42%, 15 Votes)
- Other (22%, 8 Votes)
- Miami hurricanes (14%, 5 Votes)
- Michigan Wolverines (11%, 4 Votes)
- Duke Blue Devils (3%, 1 Votes)
- Florida Gators (3%, 1 Votes)
- Syracuse Orange (3%, 1 Votes)
- Michigan State (3%, 1 Votes)
Total Voters: 36