Barring any real dramatics in the conference tournament games this week, here’s a look at how the top 16 seeds look for next week’s tournament.
1. Kansas, Kentucky, Syracuse, Duke
2. Ohio State, Purdue, Kansas State, West Virginia
3. Villanova, New Mexico, Michigan State, Gonzaga
4. Butler, Tennessee, Temple, Pittsburgh
Just made it, barely: Notre Dame, Connecticut, San Diego State, Arizona State
Outside Looking in
Rhode Island, Memphis, UAB, Dayton, Miss State, Mississippi, Washington, Seton Hall
To win Conference
Big East - Syracuse
Big-12 - Kansas
ACC - Maryland
SEC - Kentucky
Big-10 - Ohio State
Mtn West - San Diego State
Atlantic-10 - Richmond
Pac-10 - Arizona State
Early look at Tournament
I’ll be looking for top seeded Duke or Kentucky to be the first high seeded teams knocked out of the tournament, maybe in the second round against the No. 8 or 9 seeds which look to be hungry, scrappy teams that will give them a game. I’m not a big fan of Duke away from Cameron arena and as soon as someone gives Kentucky a physical game with the loser going home being the stakes, I think they’ll crumble.
Teams I see doing some damage and knocking out higher seeds are Georgetown and Pittsburgh. I like the Big East teams because they’ve been in dog fights all year long.
A team I like to do some damage and upset a few getting to the round of sweet 16 is Richmond. They have won 10 of their last 11 games and have great guard play led by Kevin Anderson’s 17 points per game.