2012 NCAAB Tournament Projections How The Field Looks Today
|Written by Matt Stevens|
|Tuesday, 06 March 2012 06:48|
In exactly a week, March Madness betting enthusiasts from across the globe, will finally have their wish granted, as the NCAA reveals the 68 teams that will battle it out for the National Title in this year’s tournament. With seven days to go, the power six and mid-major conferences, will battle within themselves, to find which teams will receive automatic berths into the college basketball betting playoff tournament, and which will go home wishing they played better. Over the last month, we and many of our colleagues have been breaking down possible brackets that the NCAA may decide upon. Today, we will look at how the field for the top seeds would look if the tournament began right now.
This past weekend offered a shakeup to our top seeds section of our bracket. Recall, last week, we had Syracuse, Kentucky, Duke and Michigan State as our number one seeds. However, after loss’s to Ohio State by Michigan State, and Duke falling to rival UNC, things just got a whole lot more interesting.
Essentially, it’s become a forgone conclusion, that barring a major collapse in the Big East and SEC tournaments, Syracuse and Kentucky will be two of the four bookie software top seeds at this year’s March Madness tournament. That leaves, as many as eight schools battling for the other two top rankings in the tournament. As of this writing, we have Ohio State and Kansas as the top seeds.
Kansas is a team that has quietly put together a really strong season. Currently holding a record of 26 and five overall, and 16 and two in the Big 12, Kansas is showing no ill-effects, after losing the Morris twins and Josh Selby to the NBA draft this past offseason. Kansas is led by senior guard Tyshawn Taylor, who has really come into his own this season, averaging 17.2 points per game, with four point nine assists and two rebounds a game. While Taylor is leading the Jayhawks to another entry to the March Madness tournament, fans and critics alike, wonder if Kansas rivals Missouri is a more deserving team to be ranked number one in a bracket. Missouri is 27 and four overall, but only 14 and four in the Big 12. They have more depth, but those four losses within the conference, appear to be the reason they aren’t in a better ranking.
As we mentioned earlier, Ohio State would be our fourth top seed in the NCAA March Madness picks tournament. The Buckeyes knocked off rivals Michigan State this weekend, to tie them and the Michigan Wolverines, with a 13 and five conference record. Nevertheless, overall, the Buckeyes have the best record of the conference, with 25 and six record. Similar to last season, the Buckeyes are led by the duo of reigning Big 10 player of the year Jared Sullinger, and underrated point guard William Buford. Ohio State takes our fourth top seed, because of having a strong core, over North Carolina, which has taken several of our colleagues fourth top seed.