Selection Sunday is right around the corner and teams across the country are fighting for spots in the 2019 NCAA Tournament. Twelve teams have already punched their tickets with 20 more conference tournaments yet to be decided. The debate for the number one seeds is underway as seven teams are in contention for the top line, according to NCAA.com.
Selection Committee chair Bernard Muir told this to college basketball insider Andy Katz. He also said to him in the interview that 28 teams are solidly in the field of 68. The committee’s number of teams includes the ones who won their conference tournament, meaning 16 at large spots have decided as of right now.
Almost half of those teams are in consideration for a number one seed, which sets up for an interesting couple of days in conference tournaments.
While Muir did not say which teams were in contention for a number one seed, teams like Gonzaga, Virginia, Duke and Kentucky are definitely in contention. Throughout the year, they have been among the tops teams in the country and have some of the most impressive wins so far this season. Gonzaga is the only team this year to be a healthy Duke squad, but the loss to St. Mary’s in the West Coast Conference final could hurt them.
Virginia’s only losses this season are against Duke, making them almost a lock to get a top seed again this year. Duke and North Carolina are also in contention for a top seed as both teams bring impressive resumes to the table. The Tar Heels swept Duke in the regular season and knocked off Gonzaga, while the Blue Devils thrashed Kentucky in the Champions Classic to start the season.
Kentucky, LSU, Tennessee and Michigan State have all had impressive seasons, but one of those teams is not in the discussion for a number one seed. The additions of those four schools would make it eight teams, one more than what Muir said. Michigan State could be the odd team out as the Spartans got swept by Indiana during the regular season.
Tom Izzo’s team tied with Purdue for the Big Ten regular-season title and swept rival Michigan. The battle for the number one seeds is always intriguing, especially when Selection Sunday draws nearer.