The one two remaining unbeaten groups in school basketball, Gonzaga and Baylor, have held regular from the preseason up to now within the common season at No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, within the rankings. So in Saturday’s annual Bracket Preview present by which the NCAA Event choice committee revealed its high 4 seeds in every area as a snapshot in time from the beginning of the season by means of Feb. 12, it ought to come as no shock that the 2 powerhouse packages comprised half of the now-revealed No. 1 seeds.
Fittingly, No. 1 Gonzaga — the preseason No. 1 workforce who has stayed atop the rankings all season — additionally earned the highest total seed from the choice committee. No. 2 Baylor earned the second No. 1 seed. Rival Large Ten foes Michigan and Ohio State have been named the opposite top-seeded groups.
“No thriller right here. There’s two groups which have been wonderful all 12 months, and the No. 1 seed at this cut-off date is Gonzaga,” mentioned Mitch Barnhart, Kentucky athletic director and the chair of the NCAA Division I Males’s Basketball Committee, introducing Baylor because the second total workforce and the second No. 1 seed.
“Gonzaga and Baylor have been dominant groups up to now, and whereas there isn’t any purpose to suppose that will not proceed, the fantastic thing about school basketball is that something can occur on a given night time,” he added.
As for the margin between the final two undefeated groups within the nation? “Razor skinny,” Barnhart mentioned.
|Seed||Area 1||Area 2||Area 3||Area 4|
|No. 1||(1) Gonzaga||(2) Baylor||(3) Michigan||(4) Ohio State|
|No. 2||(7) Alabama||(5) Illinois||(8) Houston||(6) Villanova|
|No. 3||(12) Oklahoma||(11) Tennessee||(10) West Virginia||(9) Virginia|
|No. 4||(13) Iowa||(15) Texas||(16) Missouri||(14) Texas Tech|
The highest total No. 2 seed named by the committee on Saturday was Illinois, which drew a Area 2 task in Baylor’s bracket. Villanova, Alabama and Houston signify the remaining No. 2 seeds in descending order. It is a brutal draw for the Illini in the identical pod with a Baylor workforce contending for the highest total seed, however essential to say right here that that is topic to alter and Choice Sunday continues to be one month away.
Reigning champion Virginia earned the committee’s vote as the highest total No. 3 seed, with West Virginia, Tennessee and Oklahoma rounding out that seed line. The Cavaliers are in Area 4 for now with No. 1 seed Ohio State. Oklahoma drew the dreaded Area 1 led by Gonzaga, Tennessee is in Area 2 and West Virginia is in Area 3.
Giving the Large 12 a fourth and fifth representatives within the bracket reveal comes the No. 4 seeds, with Texas Tech and Texas each incomes that distinction together with Iowa and Missouri. It additionally provides the Large Ten a 3rd member within the high 16 with Iowa.
Official early high 16 seeds