Louisville, Indiana, Duke and Gonzaga are the top NCAA seeds in Rick Bozich's latest tournament report.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – It's conference tournament week for the six BCS conferences. But before the serious dribbling begins in New York, Nashville and Indianapolis, it's time for another seed report.
If you have been with me all season, you know how this works. I give every team points for their ranking in five polls – writers', coaches', Pomeroy, Sagarin and RPI. The first two are human polls, the last three computer.
I add the totals – and then re-rank everybody, in groups of four. That leaves me with the top 16 NCAA Tournament teams.
It's not Joe Lunardi, but it is a solid snapshot of how everybody is regarded by five respected polls that value different achievements.
Duke (14 total points) – In case you didn't hear Dick Vitale, the Blue Devils have not lost when Ryan Kelly has been healthy. And he's healthy. Very healthy.
Indiana (15) – Seven Big Ten road wins, including stops at Michigan State, Ohio State and Michigan, are difficult to discount.
Louisville (17) – Have the defense and depth to separate themselves from the field – and the Cards are playing with confidence as they say farewell to the Big East.
Gonzaga (17) – I believe the Zags are worthy and wouldn't be surprised to see them in Atlanta. Nice job, Mark Few.
Florida (33) – The computers love Billy Donovan's team more than the humans, perhaps because the computers didn't see the final 7-1/2 minutes in Lexington Saturday. Ugh.
Kansas (35) – First bad loss at TCU was puzzling. Then the 23-point loss at Baylor last weekend set off more alarms. What's going on, Bill Self?
Michigan State (41) – One or two possessions from being a Number One seed. Spartans could earn a top seed in Chicago.
Georgetown (46) – The computers do not love the Hoyas as much as the humans do. Maybe it was the loss at South Florida. I think they're awfully good.
Michigan (46) – John Beilein has to find an answer for the Wolverines' rebounding issue, probably by getting more out of Mitch McGary, who needs to stop making silly, unnecessary fouls.
Ohio State (47) – The Buckeyes won six of their final seven, including last week in Bloomington. If Aaron Craft makes shots, look out.
Miami (52) – The Hurricanes are solid, but they're no longer the media flavor of the week.
Syracuse (80) – The Orange finished 5-7 over their final dozen in the Big East, which makes a five- or six-seed more likely. Jim Boeheim will soon have his wish to play more golf.
Marquette (81) – Everybody talks about Georgetown and Louisville, forgetting the Golden Eagles also tied for first in the Big East.
Oklahoma State (83) – Marcus Smart, the Cowboys' freshman guard, was named a first-team all-American by The Sporting News.
Arizona (87) – Another team that stumbled to the finish line, splitting their final eight games. Not sure what to think about a team that didn't win the Pac-12.
New Mexico (90) – The RPI loves the Lobos. They're Number Two, trailing only Team Krzyzewski. No wonder Steve Alford believes his team is being overlooked.
*I delivered my all-Big East and all-Southeastern conference picks last week. Sorry about the delay on the Big Ten, but sometimes there are other items to write about.
Here is how I would vote as the Big Ten teams journey to Chicago:
Trey Burke, Michigan
Victor Oladipo, Indiana
DeShaun Thomas, Ohio State
Cody Zeller, Indiana
Aaron Craft, Ohio State
Brandon Paul, Illinois
Jared Berggren, Wisconsin
Trevor Mbakwe, Minnesota
Tim Hardaway, Michigan
D.J. Newbill, Penn State
Gary Harris, Michigan State
Sam Dekker, Wisconsin
Glenn Robinson III, Michigan
Yogi Ferrell, Indiana
A.J. Hammons, Purdue
Player of the Year
Burke/Oladipo/Zeller, split decision.
Freshman of the Year
Coach of the Year
Tom Crean, Indiana
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