Daily Word: Who deserves a No. 1 seed?
Every weekday, Andy Katz leads a panel of our college hoops experts in a discussion of the biggest issues, trends and themes happening in and around college basketball.
1. OK, we probably know the first three No. 1 seeds -- Wichita, Arizona, Florida. Who gets the fourth?
Andy Katz: Michigan. The Wolverines may not have to win the Big Ten tournament title to get it now based on other events. Michigan didn't have the necessary wins in the nonconference schedule, but winning the conference outright could give it the nod. If the Wolverines cap it with a tournament title, it's likely done.
Dana O'Neil: The fourth No. 1 seed will be Virginia. The Cavaliers, I think, will beat Duke and earn the last top spot. My runner-up pick would be Michigan.
C.L. Brown: Michigan. Even though I think Sparty takes the Big Ten tournament, I think the committee won't be swayed by one game. The Big Ten was overall a better conference than the ACC this season, and the Wolverines will be rewarded regardless of the Duke-Virginia outcome.
2. Which team might be the most disappointed after the full field is released?
Katz: St. John's. Red Storm coach Steve Lavin has professed that extenuating circumstances ranging from injuries to the deaths of five loved ones in a 36-hour period (and the missed practices that accompanied that) contributed to a few losses. The Red Storm lost in the Big East tournament to eventual champ Providence. But they may not have the overall wins to get a bid.
O'Neil: Green Bay. The Phoenix have done all they could to make their case, and lost without their best players in the lineup. Green Bay deserves the nod but might be edged out for a bid.
3. Who made the biggest move up or down during Champ Week?
Katz: Louisville. The Cardinals have passed the eye test. They may not get a No. 1 seed, but they will be a high No. 2 based on how well they've played the past week. Louisville may now be the most feared team not on the top line.
O'Neil: Providence. The Friars' roll to the Big East tournament title reserved a spot in the bracket, removing all chance of an uncomfortable Selection Sunday.
Brown: SMU. The Mustangs are fading fast between the end of the regular season and their early bow out of the American tournament. They're probably facing a double-digit seed now.
The Latest Dish
Before the season, Kentucky boasted a No. 1 ranking and what some called the most talented recruiting class in the history of college basketball. The Wildcats, however, stumbled through the regular season and dropped three of their final four games.
The SEC tournament, though, has been smooth sailing for John Calipari's team as it blew out LSU before scoring a 12-point win over Georgia in the semifinals. Now, the Cats get Florida -- a team that has already defeated them twice -- in the championship game.
Games To Watch
Duke edged Virginia 69-65 at Cameron Indoor Stadium in the only meeting between these teams this season. Virginia went on to rattle off 13 straight wins after that game, and its defense is among the best in the country. Will it hold up against Jabari Parker and Co.?
Kentucky couldn't solve the Florida riddle in either of their two tries during the regular season. The most recent one was a 19-point blowout just eight days ago. The Wildcats seem to be playing with more swagger, though, since the SEC tournament began.
The Big Ten champion will come from the Great Lakes State regardless of Sunday's outcome. The Wolverines took both regular-season affairs, but neither was a blowout. A No. 1 seed is within reach for Michigan if it can find a way to win.