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If I had to project the field right now ...

Posted on: February 27, 2011 4:55 pm
Edited on: February 27, 2011 5:50 pm
... here's how my top four lines would look:

No. 1 seeds: Ohio State, Kansas, Pittsburgh, BYU
No. 2 seeds: Notre Dame, Duke, Purdue, Texas
No. 3 seeds: San Diego State, Wisconsin, Louisville, Syracuse
No. 4 seeds: St. John's, Connecticut, North Carolina, Florida

Since: Feb 8, 2011
Posted on: March 2, 2011 1:58 pm

If I had to project the field right now ...

The comments about who has or has not beaten teams in the top 25 does not really work in this case. KU and Ohio State both only have two wins against teams that are currently in the top 25 as well.

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: March 2, 2011 10:10 am

If I had to project the field right now ...

Some of these posts here are a joke!  c'mon, get a grip people!
Let the season play out, we still have time.
"my confernce is better, no  mine is!"

I like the Big East, and Pitt and Syracuse in particular, but I am a realist.  Pitt might get a #1 seed maybe a #2.  They have to close out well, but also depends what other teams do.

But how can some of you, maybe youngins, actually state the Big East is over-rated??  Granted they may NOT have the best team when all is said and done, maybe not one of the top 4 - but look how many TOP quality teams they have.  That is the point some people are missing.
  All it takes is one team to win it every year, UNC, Kansas, Duke, Florida.  No one remembers the runners-up but that does not mean the Big East has not been there time & time again.

A couple of notables:

I think I saw that BYU suspended it's 3rd leading scorer and top rebounder - that certainly does not bode well.

G'Town's best player, Wright, is out - that hurts them a lot.

Villanova is goijg down the drain.

St johns is playing great - how many teams are playing better right now??

People are slotting Duke as a #1, maybe #2.  But not much mention of UNC.  But if UNC beats them in their last regular season game & then does better in the ACC tourny, where does that leave the two teams??  Both 2s? 

everyone talks about stats, RPI, SOS - what about the eye test??
I can SEE that Kansas might be the most talented team, they are certainly up there as an example.

If you watch St Johns you can SEE they are playing great ball.

Since: Apr 30, 2007
Posted on: March 2, 2011 10:00 am

If I had to project the field right now ...

Not buying BYU as a Number one.,...

Are they one of the top 4 teams in the country...NO

Why not?

They have not played anybody

Since: Mar 11, 2007
Posted on: March 2, 2011 7:19 am

If I had to project the field right now ...



Since: Dec 14, 2009
Posted on: March 2, 2011 12:05 am

If I had to project the field right now ...

And BYU has beaten who?  SD St (over rated for sure) and Arizona.  Period.  They lost to UCLA and managed to beat South Florida by 2.  Yes, the same South Florida that's 3-13 in the Big East, where BYU would be a .500 team and on the bubble.  I just wish everyone would lose their infatuation with the RPI (which hasn't proven to be a very reliable predictor in the past), stop trying to bend over backwards to be kind to the mid-majors, and actually look at the team's records.  If you haven't beaten a few top 25 teams, a #1 seed is a joke.  BYU will be out in the second round, third at the most, and everyone will just be amazed.  Everyone, that is, who hasn't actually looked at their schedule.

Since: Feb 8, 2011
Posted on: March 1, 2011 11:23 pm

If I had to project the field right now ...

With the number 1 RPI, number 11 strength of schedule and a 9-1 record vs the RPI top 50, of course BYU deserves to be a number one seed. Come on people, have you already forgotten that last years national runner up was Butler from the Horizon. It should not matter what conference you are from. If you have earned it then you deserve it and BYU has. Teams like Xavier, Butler, Memphis and Gonzaga have shown it is about talent not conference affiliation in reguards to tourney success and this BYU team is very, very talented.

Since: Feb 12, 2011
Posted on: March 1, 2011 8:26 pm

If I had to project the field right now ...

BYU a #1 seed.  Good.  That'll be my first one-seed out.  Probably against the first BE or B10 team they meet.

Since: Mar 19, 2007
Posted on: February 28, 2011 7:13 pm

If I had to project the field right now ...

I'm a big Duke home, but I completely agree with the 1 and 2 seeds 100%

3 seeds, I like all except Wisconsin (5 wins against RPI top-50? Not a 3 seed this year, IMO) - I'd go Florida probably (9 wins against top 50, plus 2 nice non-home wins against Xavier on the road and K-State on neutral court) over UConn (good resume, but 7 losses and tied-7th in their own conference) and St. Johns (9 losses just won't get a 3 seed if the tournament was today...although I think I might pick them in my final four).

Also, I'd probably take North Carolina out of the 4 seed and give it to Georgetown - UNC can have the highest 5 seed.

Since: Nov 2, 2006
Posted on: February 28, 2011 5:42 pm

If I had to project the field right now ...

Great minds think alike. That's exactly my top 4 seeds ().

Since: Apr 27, 2008
Posted on: February 28, 2011 3:42 pm

If I had to project the field right now ...

What is funny about the New Mexico loss, while it is a "tough" place to play, is that almost everyone else in the  Mountain West conference managed to beat the Lobos in the Pit this year. Even lowly Utah, who BYU creamed on the road. So it really seems that game was just a rare occurence. New Mexico shot lights out from behind the arc for the last few minutes and BYU couldn't keep up. 

However, as a BYU fan, I would have to agree with those that say that BYU has not played a tough schedule so far and is relatively unproven. I am not sold on the team yet either and until they can manage to beat an elite team, I have my doubts about this team as well.

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