Friday, January 30, 2009

Top seed changes once again

The “musical chairs” carrousel surrounding the top spot in the AP poll will surely change again this Monday after Wake Forest knocked off the newest claim to the throne, Duke on Wednesday. This will certainly be the pattern for the next month, leading into the madness that is the big dance. If the conference tournaments follow through with their promise to be the deciding factor in determining the top four seeds, then nothing is going to be decided for a while. In the meantime will do not have a dominant school, but we do have a dominant conference, the ACC. With NC, Duke, and Wake, not necessarily in that order, they have proven to be best top to bottom in the nation this year. Now will they follow in the footsteps of the SEC in football where the chinks in the armor became prevalent during bowl season, remains to be seen. Until then, no one would object to two number 1’s and perhaps a second seed, coming from one conference. Who do you think is the best conference? Who would be your new top team? Let us know here and in the Ncaa chatrooms.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

A month away from March and the madness is starting already

Ok, now that league play has started and everyone sees that North Carolina is not ready to join the NBA, we can get an idea of what the brackets may look like come March. As we have seen two #1’s fall (NC and Pitt) and wait to see how long Duke can reign on top, it will be interesting to see what other contenders can survive their conference in order to hang on to a number one seed. The conference tournaments, that have often eclipsed a team’s regular season body of work, will be critical to capture one of the four top seeds this year. There is a lot of basketball still to be played but as of now here is the top 25:

1. Wake Forest 16-0
2. Duke 16-1
3. UConn 16-1
4. Pittsburgh 16-1
5. North Carolia 16-2
6. Oklahoma 17-1
7 Michigan St. 15-2
8. Syracuse 17-2
9. Louisville 13-3
10. Clemson 16-1
11. Marquette 16-2
12. Georgetown 12-4
13. UCLA 14-3
14. Texas 13-4
15. Xavier 15-2
16. Butler 16-1
17. Arizona St. 15-3
18. Purdue 14-4
19. Notre Dame 12-5
20. Villanova 14-3
21. Minnesota 16-2
22. Memphis 14-3
23. Gonzaga 12-4
24. Florida 16-2
25. Illinios