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Jan. 25 Bracket - Tight Battles at the Top

Posted on: January 25, 2011 11:39 am
Edited on: January 25, 2011 3:03 pm
by Jerry Palm

Today's bracket has been posted.  The battle for No. 1 seeds is tighter this year than we have seen in a long time.

Usually, even by this time of the season, we'll have a pretty good idea who at least one or two of the No. 1 seeds are going to be in the final bracket on Selection Sunday.  Someone will be so dominant that nothing short of an injury would derail them.  This year, that's not really the case.  Here is a look at the contenders.

Duke -- The Blue Devils are back on the top line in this week's bracket and have the best chance of staying there.  The reason for that is because the rest of their league is at least a step-and-a-half behind them, so it will be a reasonably significant upset every time they get beat.  If that happens.

Ohio State -- The undefeated, top-rated Buckeyes have been playing with fire lately, with five of their last six wins coming by single-digit margins.  They still have plenty of landmines ahead, including home-and-homes with Purdue (starting tonight) and Wisconsin .

San Diego State
-- Undefeated and maybe under-respected, the Aztecs can start building some of that respect tomorrow at BYU .  Win or lose, they are likely to be favored every time they take the floor from here on out.

Kansas -- Texas knocked the Jayhawks off their perch in the Big 12 on Saturday.  They are 11-0 against NIT-quality teams (a few of which may end up in the NCAAs anyway) and 0-1 vs NCAA-quality teams.  They'll get some chances to make statements still against Missouri and Texas A&M .

Connecticut , Pittsburgh , Syracuse , Villanova -- The top of the Big East is loaded again.  Any of these could be No. 1 seeds, and it wouldn't be a big surprise if two of them are.  Which ones is harder to predict, but the Orange are behind the curve just slighly having already lost to Pitt and Nova.  Nobody has more top 25 RPI wins right now than UConn, which has five.  Pitt, Notre Dame and Texas have four each.  Maybe the Irish could play their way into this group too eventually.

BYU - It's hard to think of the No. 1 team in the RPI as a longshot for a No. 1 seed, but they probably are.  Like San Diego State, the Cougars don't have a high-quality non-conference win, and don't have too many chances to get them in the league, except against the Aztecs.  That means that for both of those teams, a gaudy record will be required to compete for a spot on the top line.

Purdue is up a couple of spots this week to a 3-seed after beating Michigan State and filling a hole in their tournament profile.  The Boilers can really make some noise if they knock off Ohio State tonight.

Cincinnati has crept up to a five-seed after winning at St. John's Xavier 's ascent to the top of the Atlantic 10 has helped too.  The Red Storm has dropped into the dreaded 8-9 game after an 0-2 week that also included at loss at Louisville .

Gonzaga would probably be happy to be in an 8-9 game, like they were in last week's bracket.  Now, the Zags are in a First Four game against Miami after losses at Santa Clara and San Francisco last week.

Nobody has fallen harder than UCF though, which just two weeks ago was undefeated and 14th in the RPI.  Now, they are on a four-game losing streak and down to 64th.  The Knights lost at home to East Carolina and Rice this week and fell from a 7-seed to out of the bracket entirely.


Since: Jul 11, 2008
Posted on: January 28, 2011 4:54 pm

Jan. 25 Bracket - Tight Battles at the Top

How about you "concider" an English class.  Moron

Since: Mar 11, 2007
Posted on: January 27, 2011 9:41 pm

Jan. 25 Bracket - Tight Battles at the Top

DUKE KANSAS OHIO STATE AND BYU  ARE NOW THE #1 seeds could change I doubt it.

1. Duke
2. Byu
3. Ohio State
4. Kansas

Ohio state is not the team that will win it....2 manly close games with nobodies

Best bet for VICTORY

Duke and BYU

Since: Oct 30, 2010
Posted on: January 27, 2011 5:14 pm

Jan. 25 Bracket - Tight Battles at the Top

And to clarify my earlier post, I actually don't believe BYU should get a #1 seed because I don't think they're quite good enough. I just have an issue that they're considered a "longshot" to get a #1. If BYU were to run the table the rest of the way, meaning they beat SDSU again in San Diego, and win the conference tourney, they should very well get consideration and it would be a travesty if they weren't a #1, in my opinion.

Since: Oct 30, 2010
Posted on: January 27, 2011 5:08 pm

Jan. 25 Bracket - Tight Battles at the Top

I don't understand the logic that BYU cannot be considered a #1 seed because they don't have a "high-quality non-conference win", even though they are the RPI #1. Why not? They have multiple quality non-conference and conference wins and now, after last night, a "high-quality" conference win. How do they get to the RPI #1 without beating a lot of good teams? How do they have the 10th best SOS in the country if we're to believe that they haven't played anyone? Somebody please explain this to me!

Since: Jan 24, 2011
Posted on: January 26, 2011 6:14 pm

Jan. 25 Bracket - Tight Battles at the Top

Since: Mar 11, 2009
Posted on: January 26, 2011 6:01 pm

Jan. 25 Bracket - Tight Battles at the Top

Ok Ive seen alot in print this week about BYU/SDSU so lets look at it with a micro scope from BYU which is 19-1 (MWC 5-0) and has the one loss. they have only 4 teams played with losing records they have beaten (4) teams that are in first place in their division UTEP 16-4 (Conf USA 4-1), BUFFALO 11-6 (4-2 Mid american Conf), #25 UTAH ST 18-2 (7-0 WAC)only loses to #9 BYU and #20 GEORGETOWN, and #24 ST MARY'S 17-3 (5-0 WCC) only loses to #9 BYU & #4 SDSU & #22 Vanderbuilt by 1. they have beaten 2 teams that are 2nd in their conferences VERMONT 15-5 (6-2 in American East ) & ARIZONA 16-4 (5-2 PAC 10) .they have beaten #32 UNLV 16-5 (4-3 MWC) at their place in vegas and this is a UNLV Team that owns wins over #15 Wisconsin15-5 (5-2 Big Ten) & Virginia Tech. Wins over Creighton 13-8 ho just lost to #34 Missouri St by 1 point, And a fresh win over Colorado St 13-6 (3-2 MWC), who at some point this season will enter the top 25, and Now BYU takes on #4 SDSU 20-0 (5-0 MWC). So lets look at the mentioned teams RPI ...BYU #1, SDSU #4 using the whos beaten who numbers we see beaten teams in the RPI we see #6 Villanova, # 8 Georgetown, #13 Florida ,#15 Vandy, #19 Arizona,#21 North Carolina, #24 Wisconsin, #28 Illinois, #29 Missouri, #33 UNLV, #35 Missouri State, #38 Louisville, #39 St Marys, #40 Utah State. WOW !!! thats an AWFUL BIG BONE PILE....and BYU only loss after a solid MONTH NOV23-DEC23 2010 on the road & 2 Starters missing was to RPI #45 UCLA and SDSU has no losses....ladies & Gents sit up straight all your gripes & Complaints about the MWC have just been answered Concider yourself SCHOOLED!!!! now lets go to Recess the Game SDSU/BYU starts in 4 Hours 10pm EST CBS-C.

Since: Nov 13, 2007
Posted on: January 26, 2011 12:39 pm

Jan. 25 Bracket - Tight Battles at the Top

Even if OSU loses 2 games they should still be a No 1 seed. Most likely if they do lose it will be to a ranked team anyway. As for Duke, being what looks like by the writer, as ahead of OSU, that is wrong. Way wrong. I kind of see his point since Duke plays no one the rest of the way, but OSU beat FSU and FSU beat Duke. Therefore, OSU>Duke. 

Since: Mar 27, 2010
Posted on: January 26, 2011 12:05 pm

Jan. 25 Bracket - Tight Battles at the Top

Can you say Jared Sullinger? And this doesn't include Craft, Thomas, Lyhte, Diebler, and Bufford. Lauderdale is a great defender, and there is more talent on the bench. If OSU is not a top regional seed, then nobody is a top seed.

Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: January 26, 2011 11:23 am

Jan. 25 Bracket - Tight Battles at the Top

wrapped in rankings? or seeding? NOT! My point is why is Duke a story? Why is last nights game not mentioned anywhere?

Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: January 26, 2011 11:20 am

Jan. 25 Bracket - Tight Battles at the Top

I realize that it was written before last nights game. But it is still on the home page as a top story.

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