Indiana projects as a Number One seed and Louisville as a Two-Seed in Rick Bozich's weekly NCAA Tournament bracket.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – The Associated Press writers' poll and the USA Today coaches' poll have not fallen back in love with the University of Louisville basketball team, but the computer rankings are sending out good vibrations about Rick Pitino's squad after the Cardinals' back-to-back home wins.
Every week I calculate a composite ranking from five different sources – AP, USA Today, RPI, Pomeroy and Sagarin – and then use those numbers to seed the top 16 teams for the 2013 NCAA Tournament.
Ranked fourth in the Ken Pomeroy's formula and third in Jeff Sagarin's predictor formula, Louisville arrives as the sixth-best team in the country – even though the writers rank the Cards 11th and the coaches 12th. Seventh best in the nation translates into a two seed.
Here are this week's Sweet Sixteen projections:
Florida (9 total points) – The Gators get Arkansas and Mississippi State before welcoming Kentucky to Gainesville next Tuesday. That's has to be a Dick Vitale moment, right?
Indiana (18) – Freshmen Yogi Ferrell and Jeremy Hollowell are starting to play like veterans for Tom Crean.
Michigan (19) – Payback game for the Wolverines against Ohio State tonight. Schedule about to toughen for John Beilein's team.
Duke (19) – Payback game for the Blue Devils against North Carolina State Thursday night.
Kansas (31) – Shocking homecourt loss to Oklahoma State has silenced much of the talk about the Jayhawks. Fair?
Louisville (39) – Human polls treating Cards' three-game losing streak like a 13-game losing streak. They belong in the Top Eight.
Syracuse (40) – Offensive efficiency numbers for Orange are no better than Louisville's numbers.
Gonzaga (42) – Zags appear serious about earning a very high seed this March.
Arizona (42) – Same amount of points as Gonzaga, but I gave the edge to the Zags because they're rated higher in four of five polls.
Miami (48) – Ray Lewis would be proud. The Hurricanes are actually ranked second in the RPI. Imagine that.
Ohio State (59) – Show Me Week for the Buckeyes – at Michigan tonight, at home with Indiana Sunday.
Minnesota (66) – Gophers wobbled past Iowa to get back on the bright side of .500 in the Big Ten.
Michigan State (67) – I still wouldn't be surprised if Tom Izzo's team wins the Big Ten.
Creighton (89) – NBA scouts that I trust insist that Doug McDermott is the real deal.
Cincinnati (94) – It never seems as if Mick Cronin's team gets enough love – even from Bearcats' fans.
Pittsburgh (100) – The schedule favors the Panthers to make a legitimate run in the Big East race.
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