March Madness Bracketology And Weekly Preview

Tuesday, February 5, 2019 12:09 PM UTC

Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019 12:09 PM UTC

Let’s stay current and look at what I think would be the top NCAA Tournament seeds in each region.  Let’s also preview the upcoming week’s action.

Here’s what I project the top seeds of the March Madness bracket to be as things stand.

South No. 1 Seed: Virginia

Virginia defeated No. 8 North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

No. 2 Seed: Tennessee

Tennessee had a very easy conference schedule until they faced Kentucky and Kentucky dominated them.

WestNo. 1 Seed: Gonzaga

The Zags are still undefeated in WCC play.

No. 2 Seed: Michigan

After Michigan lost to one of the Big Ten's worst teams in Penn State, it's tempting to put Nevada at this spot. But i'll keep the Wolverines here by virtue of their earlier wins against Villanova and North Carolina. Nevada hasn't really been tested and they have an even worse loss--by 27 points at New Mexico.

MidwestNo. 1 Seed: Kentucky

The Wildcats lost in a controversial nail-biter to LSU, but then beat No.1 Tennessee by 27 points.

No. 2 Seed: Michigan State

The Spartans have gotten themselves back on track by blowing out Minnesota and winning at Wisconsin, which is a tough place for visitors.

EastNo. 1 Seed: Duke

Duke achieved an incredible 23-point comeback win at Louisville. Saturday's victory over NC State was not nearly as dramatic.

No. 2 Seed: North Carolina

UNC lost to Virginia, which is not a bad loss. They bounced back with an easy win against Wake Forest.

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Upcoming Games

On Monday evening, Virginia Tech hosts rival Virginia on ESPN. On January 15, Virginia beat Virginia Tech 81-59 at home. Since coach Buzz Williams began his tenure at Virginia Tech in 2015, UVA and Virginia Tech have split the series every year besides one. The one exception was in 2015 when Virginia Tech nearly pulled off the upset as 17-point underdogs.

On Tuesday night on ESPN, Kentucky will try to avoid a let-down at Missouri after its dominating primetime performance on Saturday against Tennessee.

On Wednesday, classic rivals Duke and UNC square off in Durham. That game is at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN.

On Sunday afternoon, two of the Big Ten's top teams Michigan and Michigan State face off in Ann Arbor. Dating to 2017, Michigan has won three in a row in the series, each time by double digits. Spartan point guard Cassius Winston turned it over 11 times in those three games combined. His inability to be as creative or productive against Michigan is a big reason for the Wolverines' recent success in the series.

Injury News

Baylor point guard Makai Mason is still dealing with a toe injury. In the three games that he's missed this season, Baylor is 0-3 ATS, having lost to Texas Southern, Kansas State by seven points, and Texas Tech by 25 points. His status is definitely worth monitoring for Baylor's game on Tuesday at Iowa State.

Kansas State's Dean Wade left his last game against Iowa State with an injury. The Cyclones ended up winning comfortably. K-State's offense runs through him to a significant degree. However, K-State's next opponent, West Virginia, is arguably in an even worse position. WVU dismissed two starters last week, Esa Ahmad and Wes Harris. West Virginia has lost three games in a row by over 20 points.

TCU's Kouat Noi did not play on Saturday and his absence was surely a big reason why TCU lost by nine points at home to Oklahoma. He averages .1 points fewer than his team's leading scorer, so his status is worth keeping an eye on for TCU's next game on Monday at Oklahoma State.

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