Rick Bozich's fourth weekly NCAA Tournament seed report puts Louisville and Indiana as two seeds.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – The churn never sleeps in college basketball. University of Louisville coach Rick Pitino said there are 12 to 15 teams capable of winning the national championship this season – and as many as 35 that could make the NCAA Final Four in Atlanta.
Who are the teams?
Take your guess.
"I think we're a very good basketball team," Pitino said prior to the Cards' game at Villanova Tuesday night. "I don't think we're a great basketball team.
"But to be honest with you, I haven't seen a great basketball team this year from anybody. Now, I see a lot of really good basketball teams like Butler, Gonzaga, UCLA and Duke and Florida. They're all very, very good basketball teams.
"There's going to be four teams that are going to evolve in the next six weeks, into a great basketball team. And I'm hoping we're one of those teams."
After losing to Syracuse Saturday, the Cards would likely be a two-seed if the NCAA Tournament field was picked and seeded today. I ran the numbers from five rankings – Pomeroy, Sagarin, RPI, Associated Press, USA Today – and broke the top 16 teams down this way.
NUMBER ONE SEEDS
Duke (9 points) – If the trend continues, the Blue Devils could cough up the Number One ranking Wednesday night at surging Miami.
Michigan (20) – Wolverines looked special while winning at Minnesota.
Florida (23) – The gap between the Gators and the rest of the SEC looks gigantic.
Kansas (24) – If the Jayhawks win tonight at Kansas State, Bill Self's team will deserve stronger consideration for Number One.
NUMBER TWO SEEDS
5. Louisville (25) – Three games in seven days – Villanova tonight, at Georgetown Saturday, Pittsburgh here Monday night – will test the Cards' depth.
6. Syracuse (28) – Back-to-back escape acts against U of L and Cincinnati have the Orange in control of the Big East.
7. Arizona (34) – Shabazz Muhammad and UCLA visit Tucson Thursday.
8. Indiana (36) – Starting Sunday, the Hoosiers get Michigan State (home), Purdue (away) and Michigan (home) over seven days.
NUMBER THREE SEEDS
9. Minnesota (48) – After losing to Indiana and Michigan, the Gophers face road games at Northwestern and Wisconsin.
10. Gonzaga (57) – The Zags were one two-handed push that was not called against Roosevelt Jones winning at Butler Saturday.
11. Creighton (75) – Pomeroy and Sagarin love the Blue Jays.
12. Michigan State (78) – Even Tom Izzo isn't certain how the Spartans moved into first place in the Big Ten.
NUMBER FOUR SEEDS
13. Ohio State (80) – The Buckeyes have already lost four times, but are positioned to win their next four.
14. VCU (87) – Butler at VCU, March 2; Butler at VCU, March 2.
15. Cincinnati (95) – The Bearcats followed U of L's lead and gave one to Syracuse Monday.
16. Miami (Fla.) (95) – Show Me game against Duke Wednesday night.