No crew has extra March Madness momentum proper now than the ACC with dominant teams on the pinnacle and a second institution that could additionally make waves in the convention event.
But there is lots greater to look ahead to this weekend in college basketball than the rematch among Duke and North Carolina.
Major seeding battles might be determined in both the SEC and Big Ten at the same time as the original crew no longer call Kansas will declare the No. 1 Big 12 seed in 14 years.
What does it suggest for Selection Sunday? ESPN’s basketball group ranks its top 16 teams as of Wednesday night time’s motion.
Is this your subject for the Sweet 16? Upsets continually occur, but ESPN labels those teams because of the first-rate of the bunch heading into the convention championships.
Gonzaga can also have the votes in different polls, but Virginia has been at the pinnacle for ESPN ever seeing that Duke took its loss in opposition to Virginia Tech. Nothing approximately wins over Pittsburgh, and Syracuse changes that. Senior Day guidelines off Saturday towards Louisville.
ESPN says, “Virginia’s 2nd-half performance in opposition to Syracuse on Monday turned into one of the excellent 20 minutes of basketball we’ve got visible from any team this season. The Cavaliers outscored the Orange — in the Carrier Dome — via 28 factors. They made 10 of eleven 3-pointers in the course of one stretch.”
2. GONZAGA (29-2)
Gonzaga ran away with the WCC as the No. 1 seed by a margin of five video games. The Bulldogs look forward to their first convention tournament opponent to tip off Monday night time. It is hard to peer Gonzaga as something other than the No. 1 group within the West Region come Selection Sunday.
ESPN says, “If Sean Farnham’s remarks on Saturday night time’s broadcast were any indication, it sounds as though Gonzaga may want to get Killian Tillie again at some point this season. Though Tillie hasn’t been a main factor this season because of injuries, he is a large flexible man who can transfer defensively and also step out and make photographs.”
Three. DUKE (26-four)
A debatable slot for Duke in ESPN’s ratings? The Blue Devils sit down in the back of North Carolina in other metrics following a Tar Heels win at Cameron Indoor Stadium (the game Zion Williamson went down). The Blue Devils are formally three-1 without Williamson, including the 5-point loss at Virginia Tech. Can they get some revenge this weekend at North Carolina?
ESPN says, “It took Chaundee Brown missing a contested three-footer at the buzzer for Duke to get away with a one-factor domestic win over Wake Forest. However, the Blue Devils were able to win, however.”
Four. NORTH CAROLINA (25-5)
North Carolina has thirteen wins in its last 14 video games, simplest dropping to Virginia. That consists of four double-digit gains towards ranked opponents. All eyes fall upon Saturday night’s rematch.
ESPN says, “North Carolina is now one win away from at least a share of the ACC regular-season identify after going to Boston College and cruising beyond the Eagles in the back of 17 points and 20 rebounds from Luke Maye.”
Five. TENNESSEE (27-3)
Tennessee’s domestic-courtroom revenge towards Kentucky saw the Vols reassert themselves as a pinnacle crew in the court of public opinion. At Auburn isn’t a smooth way to shut out the regular season. However, momentum is on Tennessee’s aspect heading into the SEC Tournament.
ESPN says, “We said heading into the week that Tennessee might need to protect the manner it did against Kentucky on Saturday if the Volunteers wanted to make a deep run in March. And after holding the Wildcats to their worst offensive performance of the season over the weekend, Tennessee did the equal to Mississippi State.”
6. KENTUCKY (25-5)
The Wildcats had a hard week without Reid Travis to be had. The loss at Tennessee started out it over the weekend, and it becomes a close war at Ole Miss earlier than in the end winning 80-76. The Wildcats are a sport in the back of LSU and Tennessee heading into the Florida sport.
ESPN says, “Kentucky now has an outside threat at a split of the SEC regular-season name. The Wildcats want LSU to lose considered one of its subsequent two, and Tennessee to fall at Auburn on Saturday — while also beating Florida in Lexington.”
7. MICHIGAN (26-four)
Michigan placed up an outstanding performance at Maryland, beating the Terps sixty nine-sixty two in the back of 21 factors from Ignas Brazdeikis and a double-double from Jon Teske. Much of the Big Ten outlook for groups will be decided through what happens inside the rematch with Michigan State earlier than the conference tournament returns domestically to Chicago after years in Washington and New York.
ESPN says, “Michigan nonetheless awaits the return of Charles Matthews, but the Wolverines have survived two video games without him. Isaiah Livers slotted into the starting lineup, and he has been a plus because of his motor and contributions on the glass and his capacity to step outside and make three-guidelines.”
8. MICHIGAN STATE (24-6)
Michigan State will in all likelihood need to overcome Michigan after which win the convention match to vault itself again into the No. 1 seed conversation. Michigan State is a 4-factor favorite on KenPom about the next round in opposition to the Wolverines.
ESPN says, “The Spartans hammered Nebraska without Kyle Ahrens or Nick Ward, getting a combined 46 factors and 10 3-tips from seniors Matt McQuaid and Kenny Goins. Up subsequent is a rematch with Michigan; Michigan State gained the primary recreation in Ann Arbor led with the aid of Cassius Winston.”