Seeds for Thought: Marcus Jackson breaks down the NCAA's top teams

Seeds for Thought: Marcus Jackson breaks down the NCAA's top teams

It's 36 days until the NCAA men's basketball tourney brackets are released. Here's how beat writer Marcus Jackson sees the top four seeds in each region:

East
1. Duke (ACC)
— Mason Plumlee, a National Player of the Year candidate, has continued to produce even in absence of frontcourt partner Ryan Kelly.
2. Florida (SEC)
3. Syracuse (Big East)
4. Cincinnati (Big East)

Midwest
1. Michigan (Big Ten)
— Wolverines will likely move back to No. 1 in the AP poll with a win today at Wisconsin.
2. Kansas (Big 12)
3. Michigan State (Big Ten)
4. Kansas State (Big 12)

South
1. Indiana (Big Ten)
2. Miami (ACC)
— Hurricanes, unbeaten in ACC with a win against Duke, could get a No. 1 seed with a strong finish.
3. Louisville (Big East)
4. Butler (Atlantic 10)

West
1. Arizona (Pac-12)
2. Gonzaga (West Coast)
— A rival coach said this week Bulldogs big man Kelly Olynyk, who was not on the midseason Wooden Award watch list, is a better prospect than Cody Zeller.
3. Ohio State (Big Ten)
4. New Mexico (Mountain West)

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EllderIlliniFan wrote on February 09, 2013 at 4:02 pm

The Case for Illinois in the NCAA - Body of Work

 

Illinois has defeated 4 of the teams in the Top 15 of the USA/ESPN Poll. Illinois is the only team outside the Top 15 with more than one win against a Top 15 except Villanova who has two. The Top 15 have only 21 wins against other Top 15 Teams. Indiana has 3 wins, seven teams have 2 wins, 4 teams have 1 win and Florida, Louisville and Creighton have no wins.  The Top 15 have 48 losses. Illinois gets credit for 4 of those or one twelfth.

 

Illinois has defeated 3 teams in the Top 10. Illinois is the only team outside the Top 10 with more than one win against a Top 10 team. The Top 10 have only 9 wins against other Top 10 teams. Indiana and MSU each have 2 wins, 5 teams have 1 win and Florida, Gonzaga, and Syracuse have no wins. The Top 10 have 24 losses. Illinois gets credit for 3 of those or one eighth.

 

Illinois has lost 8 games. 2 to Top 10 teams, 4 to Top 20 teams. The remaining 4 losses - 2 to Wisconsin (who should be rated and has beat #1) and a loss each to Purdue and Northwestern (Who beat Minnesota and TCU who beat Kansas).

 

Although they have been very unpredictable and frustrating, how can Illinois not be included in a tournament that includes 68 teams?

 

 

OKOMIS wrote on February 09, 2013 at 6:02 pm

You lost me with the Nortwestern nonsense… if they don’t make it or are sweating come selection Sunday, that game will be one they wish they had back… instead of trying to justify a bad loss… go out and win 5 more games regular season… they don’t need any stunning upsets to do that…