While I dislike drawing sweeping conclusions over small sample sizes, I find it hard to get away from talk about how certain conferences are performing in the NCAA Tournament. Each year, it seems that trends develop within leagues that have at least four teams in the field. This year is no different. So which conferences are having the best performances so far?
Round of 64
Thursday and Friday were marked with intra-conference trends. Here’s a look at my Conference Power Rankings as they stood after Friday night and a quick description on each.
It’s been a while since my last installment of “Found on Twitter,” so I thought we’d merge two of my favorite things together by mixing twitter with the NCAA Tournament. The following tweets are from Sunday during the Selection Show and will provide a good look at the important storylines in “the Dance.”
Starting at the Top
There’s Louisville at overall No. 1. Should mean Midwest for Cards and Indiana gets moved.
The Super Bowl is over a week in our rear-view mirror, so by now, you’ve seen all the bracket projections, conference races, and AP rankings you can handle. But what you really want to know is who’s going to cut down the nets in Atlanta. We’ll count down from 30, and these rankings won’t be which teams are playing the best right now, who’s the hottest, or who has the best resumes.
This a gut-feel list of who we’d bet on to win the National Championship – whether it be talent, coaching, team makeup, or any other reason we feel plays a role. In Part I, we started at 30 and went through 9. In this installment, we’ll give a rundown of our “Elite Eight” and some more in-depth info on those teams.
Where is your favorite team going to end up seeded in the NCAA Tournament? Bill Riccette and I will do our best to tell you in the latest installment of this ongoing series. The basic concept is similar to any Bracketology articles you may come across. However, we are only covering the top six lines. And the biggest difference is that we are predicting what will happen – not creating an “if the season ended today” bracket. You can find Bill’s work at Bleacher Reportright here.
Earlier today, I went on 810am Orlando CBS Radio and discussed college hoops. Among the topics were Wisconsin’s upset in Bloomington, National Player of the Year candidates, and the most exciting conference races. My part starts around the 2:00 mark after the segment play-in and introduction.
You can click play above or check out the link here if you’re on a mobile device and/or the embedded player isn’t showing up above.