bracket talk, who are your top 8 teams right now (1-2 seeds)
this isnt my ranking, just a list of the top 12 teams according to espn's bracketology in no particular order and some stats about each of these teams right now and what they have going for/against them as top seeds. top 3 wins are based on rpi/ranking as of today. So who is your top 8 that would get the 1 and 2 seeds?
Michigan: 20-2...rpi: 6...sos: 28...top 3 wins: Kansas State, Ohio State, Minnesota...losses: Ohio State, Indiana
Florida: 18-3...rpi: 4...sos: 10...top 3 wins: Marquette, Missouri, Ole Miss...losses: Arizona, Arkansas, kansas state
ohio state: 17-5...rpi: 17...sos: 48...top 3 wins: michigan, wisconsin, washington...losses: duke, kansas, michigan, michigan state, illinois
Miami: 17-3...rpi: 2...sos: 1...top 3 wins: Michigan State, Duke, NC State...losses: Arizona, Indiana State, Florida Gulf Coast
Indiana: 20-2...rpi: 9...sos: 21...top 3 wins: Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota...losses: wisconsin, butler
louisville: 18-4...rpi: 11...sos: 8...top 3 wins: missouri, pittsburgh, marquette...losses: duke syracuse, georgetown, villanova
gonzaga: 21-2...rpi: 12...sos: 40...top 3 wins: Kansas Sate, Oklahoma State, Baylor...losses: Illinois, butler
arizona: 19-2...rpi: 3...sos: 5...top 3 wins: florida, miami, san diego state...losses: ucla, oregon
michigan state: 18-4...rpi: 13...sos: 26...top 3 wins: kansas, ohio state, wisconsin...losses: Uconn, indiana, miami, minnesota
duke: 19-2...rpi: 1...sos: 2...top 3 wins: louisville, ohio state, minnesota...losses: miami, nc state
kansas: 19-2...rpi: 7...sos: 9...top 3 wins: kansas state, ohio state, colorado...losses: michigan state, oklahoma state
syracuse: 19-3...rpi: 8...sos: 17...top 3 wins: louisville, cincinatti, notre dame...losses: pittsburgh, vliianova, temple
my top 8:
also some interesting points about these numbers that im now noticing:
while the big 10 conference is widely considered the toughest conference, for some reaason the strength of schedule for those big 10 teams are pretty low. michigan 28th, ohio state 48th, michigan state 26th, indiana 21st. None of them are top 20 in sos.
new mexico has the highest rpi (#5) and sos (#4) for teams not expected to get a top 3 seed according to espn bracketology. I guess what the lobos have working against them is that they only have 1 win vs a top 25 team(cincinatti) and have some bad losses to saint louis and south dakota state.
I have all the same teams but in a different order...how fun!
My top 8, based off of both record and talent would be as follows:
1. Indiana - When I watch Indiana I see the most complete team in the country. They have senior leadership from Hulls and Watford. They have a top 5 collegiate player in Zeller. They have Sheehey who can shoot and Ferrell who's got blazing speed. But Oladipo is what makes them my #1. He's averaging 14-5-2-2 shooting 64% from the field and 51% from deep. He doesn't take many threes, but when he does, their going in.
2. Michigan - I had Michigan as my #1 before the loss to Indiana on Saturday. I won't drop them any further seeing as they beat OSU in OT last night. I do think McGary will be the X-Factor come March Madness. He's averaging 6 points and 6 boards a game, but he'll need to do better if Michigan wants the title.
3. Kansas - I'm not 100% sold on Kansas just yet. They beat OSU and KSU but lost to MSU and OKST. The rest of their games have either been cupcakes or second tier teams such as Richmond, St. Louis, and Colorado. Those wins aren't bad, but they aren't exactly boosting their ranking either. They are playing four players over 30 MPG and Young and Tharpe get 22 MPG and 17 MPG a piece. After that, no one gets over 15 MPG, so their bench isn't too deep.
4. Duke - They beat Kentucky in the second game of the season, Louisville without Dieng, and escaped with a 5 point win at home against OSU. I don't think Duke deserves to be a one seed, as Miami very well may be the better team in the ACC, but I'd be shocked if the voters didn't hand a 1 seed to Duke as usual. Don't get me wrong, they are talented, but I think they are overrated.
5. Syracuse - There's still a lot of questions heading into the final month of the season for Syracuse. Will Coleman come back healthy enough and will he get a chance to contribute? Will Southerland get reinstated? Who will step up in crunch time? Can Keita and Christmas hold down the middle of the zone? Cuse has had success so far, and could either make a deep run or be an early bounce with this years roster. I don't think their deserving of a #1 seed just yet, but they are close.
6. Arizona - This is another team that has the talent, but they haven't had too difficult of a schedule thus far. They bet Florida and SDSU by one point, but do have a blowout win over Miami. The only way I see Arizona getting a one seed is if they win out from now to the end of the season. UCLA and maybe ASU should be the only teams left that may give Arizona a scare. They are deep and have a good balance of youth and vets, so they could make a run in the tourney.
7. Florida - I've been a fan of Boynton's since his high school days with Brandon Knight. I've seen Rosario play plenty of times at both Rutgers and Florida, and if Patric Young and Will Yeguete can continue rebounding well, Florida could make a run. But their success if built on guard play, and I think the 6 teams I ranked ahead of them have better guards.
8. Gonzaga - Pangos is an excellent shooter, Harris is the teams second leading scorer with 15 and top rebounder with 7.1 a game, and we all know Olynyk can play as he's averaging 18-7. I think Gonzaga has a well rounded squad, as only one player gets more than 30 MPG, but 10 players get double digit minutes each game. I can see them making an elite eight run... maybe even further.
1. Indiana- Oladipo and Zeller are probably the best one two punch in NCAA. Throw in Watford, Hulls, Sheehey, and Ferrell and I think they have the best team in nation as most people thought preseason.
2. Michigan- Burke and Hardaway Jr. are the only other 2 I considered to be the best one two punch in NCAA. Freshmen Robinson III and Stauskas are really getting it done as well. Usually at least two of those 4 players are on and Michigan wins.
3. Kansas -McLemore is and incredibly efficient scorer and they play great D led by Withey. Young, Relaford, and Johnson can all defend and pitch in scoring.
4.Florida- They are solid all around and if they win SEC they should surely get a #1 seed even in a weak SEC.
5.Gonzaga- Olynk coming up huge this year makes this team more dangerous than any other Zags team I remember. Harris, Pangos, and Dower no slouches either.
6. Arizona- Lyons and Johnson is a very underrated backcourt. Hill, Parrom and Tarczewski are also playing very well for Sean Miller. If they win Pac 10 like they should they must get a 2 seed.
7.Miami- They have been on fire lately and I hate to say I told you so but I was all over them before the run. Kadji is one of the best under the radar players in the NCAA. Scott, Larkin, and now Johnson are all playing great as well. This is depending on them winning the ACC over Duke (which I think they will) and they will get a 2 seed as well.
8.Syracuse- This will go to whoever wins the Big East between Syracuse and Louisville. They are very evenly matched teams but I give the edge to the Cuse. Louisville lost 3 in a row recently one of which being at Louisville to Syracuse. Syracuse hasn't won a Big East title since going back to back in 05 and 06. Hopefully they will meet the defending champs Louisville for a 3rd time this season in MSG.