It's time for the first Seed Report for the 2013 NCAA Tournament.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – March is what they're playing for in college basketball. March is always on the mind of every coach. But March starts in November and December if you're serious about earning a prime spot on the NCAA Tournament bracket, the one even President Obama fills out and follows.
We have now played enough games to start filling out the critical lines on the 2013 bracket – the top four seeds. So as my Christmas present to you, here is the first of my weekly Seed Reports.
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*Duke – Undefeated, five wins against teams ranked in Ken Pomeroy's Top 15 and a commitment from Jabari Parker. Works for me, Coach K.
*Michigan – Freshman Nik Stauskas is 34-61 from the three-point line – the perfect John Beilein player.
*Louisville – With Wayne Blackshear remembering what made him Wayne Blackshear, the Cards can get buckets of points from four positions. Beware.
*Kansas – 22 against Ohio State, 24 against Colorado, 21 against Oregon State. Move Ben McLemore to the top of your Freshman of the Year ballot.
*Indiana – All 11 wins have been by double figures but only three have come against possible NCAA Tournament teams. The Hoosiers start Big Ten play with their first two road games.
*Arizona – Keep an eye on this unbeaten club. Considering the state of the Pac-12, a Number One seed could be in the Wildcats' future.
*Florida – Losing to Arizona is excusable. Losing to Kansas State makes me wonder if I'm being generous.
*Cincinnati – The offensive numbers suggest this team doesn't belong, especially this high, but it's a veteran group that nobody has beaten.
*Syracuse – Struggled against Detroit. Lost to Temple. Only a bad week or signs of impending trouble in The Carrier Dome?
*Ohio State – DeShaun Thomas has taken 170 shots. None of his teammates has taken 100. Strike up the one-man band.
*Missouri – Give the Tigers bonus credibility points for the Illinois victory.
*VCU – Look past the three losses at a team that ranks second to U of L in creating turnovers and has played a solid schedule.
*Pittsburgh – The Panthers' computer numbers say they're better than this, but no road games and an 0-1 record against their only Top 75 opponent makes me wonder.
*Michigan State – I'd like to see more offense from a team that has failed to score 70 seven times.
*Kentucky – The better Ryan Harrow looks at point guard, the safer it is to move the Wildcats into this group.
*Minnesota – Tubby Smith's team is 12-1 because of – surprise – defense and rebounding -- and the Gophers open with two home games in the Big Ten.