Florida, Indiana, Duke and Miami top Rick Bozich's weekly NCAA Tournament seed report.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – If it's Tuesday, it must be another big day in college basketball. Sizzling games. Super-sized drama. The Harlem Shake busting out in another arena or locker room.
And time for my weekly NCAA Tournament Seed Report.
Not in that order.
Pat Doney and I will travel to East Lansing, Mich., Tuesday where Indiana, rated first, and Michigan State, rated fourth, will meet in the first game ever in the Breslin Center matching top five teams. Look for our reports on WDRB.com – and the WDRB News at 10.
It's true that Indiana has not won in East Lansing since 1991. I know because I looked it up last Saturday. What is also true is that the Hoosiers were beaten by 15 points at Michigan State last season. IU is Number One, but the home team is now favored by two.
Indiana is 5-1 on the road in the Big Ten this season. Michigan State is unbeaten at home, including six league games. It's the reason the Spartans still look like the favorites to win the league. IU has a home loss to Wisconsin that the Hoosiers must overcome.
But back to the business at hand – my weekly NCAA Tournament seed report. As usual, I group the top 16 teams according to the points they have earned from the AP writers and USA Today coaches' polls as well as the RPI, Pomeroy and Sagarin computer ratings.
NUMBER ONE SEEDS
Florida (15 points) – Hard to imagine the Gators losing until the NCAA Tournament. Who's up for the job?
Indiana (18) – At least one Michigan State player has been talking trash about IU for nearly a week. His name is Derrick Nix. And his point has been that Victor Oladipo and Cody Zeller are overrated.
Duke (26) – I know, I know. Miami is better. Sorry, the computer numbers don't agree.
Miami (28) – Very nice squad, but the Hurricanes didn't look the part at Clemson Sunday.
NUMBER TWO SEEDS
Gonzaga (32) – Name the last team from a non-BCS league to earn a Number One seed. The Zags could make it happen. Time to do some research.
Louisville (33) – The Sagarin and Pomeroy ratings still love Rick Pitino's team. A lot.
Michigan (35) – The Wolverines are finished with the toughest part of their schedule – and they took a few hits.
Michigan State (37) – Some people say the Spartans are playing the best basketball in the nation. Derrick Nix is one of those people. More people will say it if they win Tuesday night.
NUMBER THREE SEEDS
Syracuse (38) – Andy Katz might question the Orange in this spot. Jim Boeheim wouldn't answer him.
Kansas (39) – Did somebody say the Jayhawks were battling a three-game losing streak? When was that?
Arizona (67) – And in other news, the Pac-12 finally makes a sound.
Georgetown (77) – We're reaching the end of the regular season, and the Hoyas still have two games left with Syracuse, starting this Saturday at the Carrier Dome. This will be fun.
NUMBER FOUR SEEDS
Oklahoma State (80) – Travis Ford's team can really enter the conversation by taking care of Kansas in Stillwater Wednesday night.
Wisconsin (81) – Don't argue. Just appreciate the Badgers. There is nobody else quite like them. Nobody. Nobody. Nobody.
Pittsburgh (86) – Sorry, I put these numbers together late Monday night after the Panthers played as if they were coached by Dave Wannstedt but before the new computer numbers were posted. They don't belong after that non-performance against Notre Dame.
Ohio State (91) – I'm open to a replacement team here, too.