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Bracketology: Purdue, UConn, Houston and Arizona are No. 1s as NCAA reveals early top seeds

The NCAA Tournament selection committee released its early top 16 seeds as if the bracket were to be set Saturday and there were no surprises at the top. Like nearly everyone, except voters in the Associated Press Top 25 and Coaches Poll I suppose, the committee has Purdue as the overall No. 1 seed, followed by reigning champion UConn at No. 2, Big 12 leader Houston No. 3 and Pac-12 front-runner Arizona as the No. 4 overall seed.

Purdue is the top seed primarily because it has the most Quad 1 wins, tied with UConn and Houston, and has the most wins in Quads 1 and 2 combined. It isn’t just the Boilermakers’ number of Quad 1 and 2 wins that gives them the edge though, but the quality of those victories. Not all Quad 1 wins are the same. The Boilermakers are 6-0 against teams in the committee’s top 16 and have played only one of those games at Mackey Arena.

What was surprising to NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee Chair Charles McClelland was that the vote was unanimous on those four teams in that order. That had not happened before in his five years on the committee, he said.

North Carolina led the No. 2 seed, followed by Tennessee, Marquette and Kansas. McClelland said that the placement of the Tar Heels, which have lost three of their last five games, was an example of how the committee does not overreact to recent results. Teams are evaluated on their entire season and how they have done recently is not weighted more than how they played earlier.

The No. 3 seeds featured teams largely expected to be in that group – Alabama, Baylor, Iowa State and Duke. I had Auburn ahead of the Blue Devils. The case for Duke is that their best wins are clustered in Quad 1, while the Tigers’ are mostly in Quad 2. Both teams played Baylor at a neutral site and Duke won, while Auburn lost.  It has definitely taken a better team to beat the Tigers than the Blue Devils.

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Author : Jerry Palm

Publish date : 2024-02-17 18:14:41

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