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The following is an opinion and guess on where teams would be seeded if the selection was being made today. A lot can change between now and Selection Sunday!
As I reviewed the field I published earlier this month, I found some questionable placements of teams on different seed lines. It has also been an odd couple of weeks with the way different teams are trending.
Ohio State seems to have hit a hiccup. They’ve been without Kyle Young, but he isn’t the fix for all of the problems they’ve run into. The Buckeyes travel to Indiana next and both teams desperately need a win.
Virginia continues to trend down after dropping an abysmal game to Boston College. Although ranked first in defense, the Cavaliers have an uphill battle in finding an offense. Their elite defense will keep them in most games, but I’m sold that they’ll be able to finish games. Bold prediction, Virginia will finish with no more than 10 wins in conference play.
North Carolina has fallen a few tiers below where they normally reside in the college basketball sphere. A stretch of four losses, including one to Wofford at home began to raise questions about this year’s team. A loss at home to Georgia Tech, a game in which they allowed a 27-4 run to start the game was not a welcoming way to begin 2020. The last time the Tar Heels lost to Georgia Tech at home was January 16th, 2010.
On the Up and Up
Wisconsin has strung together a couple of great road wins at both Tennessee and Ohio State. The Badgers must continue protecting home court and steal a few more wins, but I think they have a case for safely being in the field come March.
After losing two games in mid-December, Seton Hall has looked the part of a contender to win the Big East. A loss to Rutgers that has aged well considering how their season is going coupled with a loss to Iowa State saw Seton Hall rebound with wins over Georgetown, DePaul, Prairie View A&M, and Maryland.
Rutgers Scarlet Knights, hailing from Piscataway, New Jersey, is slowly but surely putting together one of their best seasons in decades. Wins over Wisconsin, Seton Hall, and Penn State and a 3-1 start to the Big Ten conference play surely will see Rutgers in contention to make the NCAA Tournament this year. A few great tests are coming with a road trip to Illinois and a brief home stint against Indiana followed by Minnesota. It’s imperative they win at least two of these games to continue to remain relevant for at-large consideration.
NCAA Field Projection – January 8, 2020
The 1s: Duke, Kansas, Gonzaga, Baylor
The 2s: Butler, San Diego State, Auburn, Oregon
The 3s: Florida State, Louisville, Michigan State, West Virginia
The 4s: Maryland, Dayton, Michigan, Villanova
The 5s: Colorado, Ohio State, Wichita State, Penn State
The 6s: Texas Tech, Kentucky, Arizona, Seton Hall
The 7s: Stanford, Marquette, Creighton, Memphis
The 8s: Arkansas, Wisconsin, Virginia, Xavier
The 9s: Iowa, Houston, BYU, St. Mary’s (CA)
The 10s: VCU, Purdue, Florida, Indiana
The 11s: Oklahoma State, Washington, Tennessee, Georgetown, NC State, Oklahoma
The 12s: Northern Iowa, Liberty, Furman, Yale
The 13s: Louisiana Tech, Vermont, Akron, Stephen F. Austin
The 14s: College of Charleston, Georgia State, New Mexico State, Wright State
The 15s: Belmont, Northern Colorado, UC Irvine, Colgate
The 16s: Rider, North Dakota State, Radford, St. Francis (PA), Bethune-Cookman, Prairie View A&M