March is always an exciting time of year as the NCAA Tournament is about to start. Teams across the nation are trying to upgrade their resume, even the ones destined for the top of the bracket. ESPN bracketogolist Joe Lunardi released his latest bracket with a new order of the number one seeds.
Virginia is the new team atop the bracket, replacing Duke. The Blue Devils are responsible for both of the Cavaliers’ losses last season, but the injury to Williamson has hampered them over the past couple of weeks. The placement of both teams at the top of Lunardi’s bracket is understandable as they have two of the best resumes in the nation.
They also play in the nation’s top conference as nine teams from the ACC are in the projected field. Duke’s standing as a number one seed could falter if the Blue Devils are unable to beat their rival North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Virginia is entrenched as a number one seed even if the Cavaliers lose their last two games to Virginia and their first game in the ACC Tournament.
Gonzaga has the easiest path to a number one seed as the Bulldogs play in the West Coast Conference. Despite beating Duke in the Maui Invitational, Gonzaga is viewed as the third number one seed due to the lack of competition. The Bulldogs have won their last 20 games by double digits and will continue that streak in the WCC Tournament.
The final number one seed is Kentucky, a team that is currently in third in the SEC. The Wildcats have wins over North Carolina and Tennessee, but they have the worst losses of all the teams on the top line with Seton Hall and Alabama. Kentucky has the toughest road to secure a number one seed as the Wildcats probably have to win the SEC Tournament.
Selection Sunday is a little more than a week away, meaning the number one seeds can change.