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 2/18/13)
AP top 25 #1 ranked for the third straight week, Indiana remains on the list as a #1 seed this week. They had an easy week with wins against Nebraska and Purdue but things get tougher as they travel to Michigan State and Minnesota this week and end the season with a visit to Michigan. With the strength of the Big 10 this year, possibly producing two #1 seeds, they can get away with losing one of those games and still grab a top seed as long as they don’t lose early in the Big 10 tournament.
Michigan State Spartans
The Spartans are 21 – 4 overall with a Big 10 conference record of 11 – 2. They’ve won 11 out of their last 12 with the only defeat coming from the #1 ranked Indiana Hoosiers. Michigan State will have plenty of time to fall from this list or prove they belong with upcoming conference games with Indiana, Ohio State, Michigan and Wisconsin, all of which are top 25 teams. Life in the Big 10 is not easy.
After losing to Indiana State in overtime on Christmas Day, the Canes are on a 13 games winning streak and are undefeated in the ACC, at 12– 0, with an overall record of 12 – 3. The Canes will the favored in the rest of their games with only a visit to Cameron Indoor Stadium to battle the Blue Devils and the ACC tournament standing in their way to becoming the overall #1 seed.
The Gators are 21-3 and 11-1 in the SEC and back as a top seed in the tournament. With both Duke and Michigan suffering road loses, the Gators had impressive wins against Mississippi State and Kentucky moving them up as a top seed. Florida has possibly the easiest road of any of the top teams to grab a top seed with only road games at Missouri and Kentucky left on their schedule seen as tough games.
Teams close but not yet there:
Gonzaga Bulldogs – 24 – 2, Leader in the West Coast Conference
Syracuse Orange – 21 – 4, Co-leader of the Big East Conference
Duke Blue Devils – 22 – 3, 2nd in the Atlantic Coast Conference
Michigan Wolverines – 22 – 4, 3rd in 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