If UNC wins the ACC Tournament I think they will reclaim their #1 seed simply based on the fact the ACC is the best conference at this point in the season. UCLA and Ohio State should be locks at this point, barring quarterfinal exits for either team in their conference tourneys. If Wisconsin makes the Big Ten final I think they will get the fourth #1, otherwise the winner of the Big 12 tournament, especially if it is a TAMU/KU final will lay claim to the final #1 seed. Memphis has no shot in hell to get a #1.
I still think it is probably better if Wisconsin doesn't get a #1 though. Wisconsin doesn't seem to play as well with the bullseye on their back. They'd be better served as a 2 or even a 3, but I don't think they'll fall below 2 barring a loss in the Big Ten qtrs and/or a loss to MSU on Saturday.
Please explain to me how OSU, besides a 1 point win over Butch-less Wisconsin at home, is a lock for a number 1 seed.
Let's see: 26-3 overall, 14-1 in the Big Ten with only 1 game left. 13 game winning streak currently. #1 in the country, wins over #1 Wisconsin and #16 Tennessee at home, losses @ UNC (w/o Oden), @ UF, and @ UW. RPI in the top 6 in the nation. Like I said, they are basically a lock barring a loss in the Big Ten qtrs because, seriously, can you name 4 teams that should be 1's ahead of them??
Now that Florida lost again, no, but before then I think they would've been a 2. 26-3 yes, but they basically played 5 games against top level teams, losing 3 of them, barely beating Tenn at home and barely beating Wisconsin at home (though a very good win for them). Before they beat Wisconsin w/o Butch they never proved they could actually beat the teams surrounding them in the rankings, and even then it was a 1 point home win. 14-1 in the Big Ten yes, but wins really show that they are a top 4 team in the country? By 1 against Wisconsin, okay. By 2 at Penn State? By 2 at home against Michigan St. (good win, but they should be better at home)? By 9 at Northwestern? Gotta give them credit for winning the games they're supposed to, but they aren't all exactly convincing. 13 game win streak yes, but again, not exactly strong competition. They started it with a scare at home against Tenn and finished it with scraping past UW, two very good teams, but the stuff in between is mainly fluff. UW had some of that too, but on their 17 game streak they did beat Winthrop, Marquette, Pitt, and OSU.
They're a good team, very good, but I don't think they are a lock for a 1 seed yet, maybe the Florida loss will get them one, but just because they're ranked number 1 doesn't mean they're a top 4 team.
I remember in football season, everyone was complaining about how wisconsin was getting jobbed because they had all these wins, their only loss to a good team, but wernt ranked high enough. Now it seems like it is the exact same thing, and badger fans are out there calling out osu saying they are ranked too high.
I would rather have close wins like osu is having, they now how to play with the game on the line against lesser opponents, and pull out the win, something you need in the tourney. This is something I dont see wisconsin having, it seems like whenever they get behind at the end, they panic. osu doesnt. That is why they were able to hold on against wisconsin when they made that late run. They know what to do when it matters, which is very important come tourney time
While I was arguing for the football team in the rankings, I wasn't arguing where they were as far as the best teams. UW's talent compared to other schools was lower than the rankings gave them credit for. But as far as how rankings work some of the teams had questionable rankings.
I'm really hoping UW learned from the MSU game as far as how to deal with late deficits, because that was discouraging. Hopefully they'll be making better decisions after that one, since I doubt they'll go the rest of the way without being down late in a close game.
You are not smarter than your favorite team's upper management, so stop trying to be.