•   
  •   
  •   

Sport NCAA tournament bracketology: Can Ohio State hold off Illinois for final No. 1 seed?

06:12  23 february  2021
06:12  23 february  2021 Source:   usatoday.com

College basketball scores, weekend takeaways: Bracket facts, big wins, Ayo vs. Luka, Creighton's statement

  College basketball scores, weekend takeaways: Bracket facts, big wins, Ayo vs. Luka, Creighton's statement Matt Norlander discusses wins by Virginia, UConn, Arkansas, plus the case for Ayo Dosunmu vs. Luka GarzaHere are my top 10 takeaways from a lovely Valentine's Day weekend in college hoops.

This weekend's Ohio State vs. Michigan showdown could have much to say about who earns a No . 1 seed . The realities of the coronavirus pandemic mean the 2021 NCAA tournament will be held at a single destination – the state of Indiana – with multiple venues utilized and usual tournament schedule adjusted. The Final Four is slated to be held at Lucas Oil Stadium on April 3 and 5, but uncertainty will continue to reign following a regular season characterized by numerous cancellations and postponements throughout college basketball.

Villanova suffered a loss to Big East foe Creighton on Saturday, pushing the Wildcats further off the No . 1 seed line as Ohio State 's nation-leading eight Quadrant 1 (top-25 home, top-75 road) victories became too much to ignore for the NCAA Tournament selection committee. While there are two Big Ten teams among the No . 1 seeds now – the Buckeyes joining Michigan and undefeated teams Baylor and Gonzaga – there's still plenty of time left in the season for No. 2 seeds to overtake a top seed . Current No. 2s 'Nova, Houston, Illinois , and Alabama all have impressive résumés that could position

In a battle between two projected No. 1 seeds, Ohio State fell to Michigan 92-87 on Sunday at home.

The Buckeyes (18-5, 12-5) and top No. 2 seed Illinois are so close that Ohio State would have dropped from its No. 1 seed with a loss to any other Big Ten team besides Michigan.

The Fighting Illini (16-5, 12-3) haven't lost since Jan. 16, a head-to-head meeting with the Buckeyes that is the difference maker right now.

From NFL plays to college sports scores, all the top sports news you need to know every day.

When applying a blind résumé test, Ohio State has eight Quadrant 1 (top-25 home, top-75 away) victories compared to Illinois' seven. But the Illini have a better NET score of 4 compared to OSU's 7, partially due to playing two fewer games, which included a postponement of their scheduled Feb. 11 clash with Michigan (now slated for March 2).

NCAA tournament bracketology: Gonzaga, Baylor, Michigan and Villanova are early No. 1 seeds

  NCAA tournament bracketology: Gonzaga, Baylor, Michigan and Villanova are early No. 1 seeds Alabama, Ohio State, Texas Tech and Illinois are the projected No. 2 seeds in USA TODAY Sports' first bracketology for 2021 March Madness.What is clear five weeks from Selection Sunday is which four teams are No. 1 seeds in the debut of USA TODAY Sports bracketology. Gonzaga and Baylor are undefeated and national title contenders, while Villanova (12-2) and Michigan (13-1) are far ahead of the pack of No. 2 seeds.

However, Ohio State holds on to its spot on the No . 1 seed -line as well in the Bracketology update. Illinois , which blew out Minnesota on Saturday, remains one spot back as a No. 2 seed in the bracket The Buckeyes' win at Illinois is the deciding factor for now. The Illini travel to Columbus Stephen F. Austin had received a one-year postseason ban from the NCAA for the 2021-22 season. On Friday, it was announced that the NCAA had approved the school's request to move that up to this season. The Lumberjacks will now miss this year's postseason, including the Southland Conference Tournament .

NCAA Tournament . Final Four. A game that was billed as one of the best matchups of the men's basketball regular season lived up to the hype as No. 3 Michigan went into Columbus, Ohio , and knocked off rival Ohio State , ranked No. 4 in the country, 92-87. The Wolverines affirmed their first -place status in the conference to improve to 11- 1 in the conference, behind a huge second half from freshman center Hunter Dickinson, after the Wolverines made just one 3-pointer after halftime, after making 10 in the first half.

a basketball player during a game: Ohio State Buckeyes forward E.J. Liddell (32) goes up for a shot against Illinois Fighting Illini forward Giorgi Bezhanishvili (15) during the second half at the State Farm Center. © Patrick Gorski, USA TODAY Sports Ohio State Buckeyes forward E.J. Liddell (32) goes up for a shot against Illinois Fighting Illini forward Giorgi Bezhanishvili (15) during the second half at the State Farm Center.

Ohio State has a better strength of schedule, but Illinois could shorten the margin by playing four of its last five on the road – with all of those Quad 1 opportunities. OSU, meanwhile, only has three games in Big Ten play remaining.

Gonzaga, Baylor and Michigan are close to solidifying No. 1 seeds. Should this battle for the final top seed remain tight, a March 6 meeting between Ohio State and Illinois –  the Big Ten finale for both teams – could be a crucial outcome for the NCAA selection committee entering Selection Sunday, which is March 14.

NCAAW what to watch: Oregon, Michigan, Tennessee look for boost while Stanford, South Carolina keep course

  NCAAW what to watch: Oregon, Michigan, Tennessee look for boost while Stanford, South Carolina keep course The Oregon Ducks were so close to toppling Pac-12 power Stanford in yet another Big Monday matchup that lived up to the hype. It was a teasing showcase for the conference and NCAA tournament as the season hits its penultimate weekend for most. Tennessee, Michigan and South Carolina all have back-to-back contests against ranked opponents this weekend and for the former it could mean better seeding for tourney time. No. 6 Stanford's 63-61 win keptTennessee, Michigan and South Carolina all have back-to-back contests against ranked opponents this weekend and for the former it could mean better seeding for tourney time.

2020 NCAA tournament bracketology : Can Duke and Louisville leapfrog to No . 1 seed ? Shelby Mast and Scott Gleeson. USA TODAY Sports. The league that had three No . 1 seeds last March only has four teams with the credentials to make the projected NCAA tournament field. Usual power North Carolina is one loss away from last place in the 16-team league, defending national champion Virginia is on the bubble and the conference ranks sixth among seven power conferences in the NCAA 's NET rankings.

SportsPulse: Scott Gleeson looks at the current projections and the eight teams gunning for a No . 1 seed as ‘North Carolina is the biggest sleeper' for 2019 NCAA tournament - Jay North Carolina vs Florida State Basketball Game Highlights 2 23 2019 - Продолжительность: 15:31 Matthew Loves Ball 17 457 просмотров. 2013 NBA Finals Game 6: San Antonio Spurs @ Miami Heat (SAS leads 3-2)

The NCAA Tournament tips off March 18.

No. 1 seeds

Gonzaga, Baylor, Michigan, Ohio State.

Last four in

Seton Hall, Minnesota, Maryland, Syracuse.

First four out

Georgia Tech, Indiana, Connecticut, Utah State.

Next four out

St. Johns, Stanford, Ole Miss, SMU.

***

a screenshot of text © Provided by USA TODAY SPORTS

***

Others considered for at-large bids (no particular order): Memphis, Richmond, St. Louis, Pittsburgh, UAB, Georgia, Duke.

On life support: TCU, Marquette, Providence, Marshall, Utah, Arizona State, Oregon State, Mississippi State, Kentucky, South Carolina, Texas A&M, St Mary's, San Francisco, Michigan State, North Carolina State, Dayton, Davidson, Nevada, Penn State.

Multi-bid conferences: Big Ten (9), Big 12 (7), ACC (6), SEC (6), Pac-12 (4), Big East (4), Mountain West (3), Atlantic 10 (2), Missouri Valley (2), West Coast (2).

Leaders or highest NET from projected one-bid conferences - (20 total): America East - UMBC, Atlantic Sun - Liberty, Big Sky - Eastern Washington, Big South - Winthrop, Big West - UCSB, CAA - Northeastern,  C-USA - UAB, Horizon - Wright State, MAAC - Siena, MAC - Toledo, MEAC - Norfolk St., Northeast - Bryant, OVC - Belmont, Patriot - Navy, Southern - UNCG, Southland - Sam Houston, SWAC - Prairie View A&M, Summit - South Dakota, Sun Belt - Texas State, WAC - Grand Canyon

CBS HQ AM template: For February 9

  CBS HQ AM template: For February 9 HQ Template

The No. 3 seeds are Maryland, Florida State , Seton Hall and Villanova, meaning the Big Ten and Big East's top- seeded teams are currently on the No. 3 seed line. Lastly, the No. 4 seeds , according to the top-16 reveal, are currently Auburn, Oregon, Butler and Michigan State , which adds some SEC and Pac-12 flavor. Among the schools that were included in both Katz's last bracketology on Super Bowl Sunday and his latest bracket projection, here are the teams that moved up at least three spots.

Changes coming to NCAA Tournament include a new committee chairman and seeding procedures. Cities playing host to first and second-round NCAA tournament games next March are Buffalo, Milwaukee, Orlando He'll succeed Michigan State AD Mark Hollis, who will serve his fifth and final year on the committee this upcoming season. No . 1 Ohio State 71-59 ( national championship).

  • Banned from participating: Alabama State, Alabama A&M, Delaware State, Auburn, Arizona
  • Transition schools, ineligible for the tournament: Cal Baptist, North Alabama, Merrimack, Dixie State, Tarleton State, Bellarmine, UC San Diego
  • COVID-19: Ivy League, Bethune-Cookman, Maryland-Eastern Shore, Howard, Maine

Note: Most statistical data is used from WarrenNolan.com. The NET rankings (NCAA Evaluation Tool) also are a reference point.

About our bracketologist: Shelby Mast has been projecting the field since 2005 on his website, Bracket W.A.G. He joined USA TODAY in 2014. In his eighth season as our national bracketologist, Mast has finished as one of the top three bracketologists in the past seven March Madnesses. He’s also predicted for The Indianapolis Star, collegeinsider.com and is an inaugural member of the Super 10 Selection Committee. Follow him on Twitter @BracketWag.

Follow college basketball reporter Scott Gleeson on Twitter @ScottMGleeson

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: NCAA tournament bracketology: Can Ohio State hold off Illinois for final No. 1 seed?

Top 25 roundup: Ole Miss upsets No. 10 Missouri .
Top 25 roundup: Ole Miss upsets No. 10 MissouriDevontae Shuler and Luis Rodriguez each added 15 points for the Rebels (11-8, 6-6 Southeastern Conference). The Rebels have beaten two Top 10 teams for the first time since the 2000-2001 season, moving them closer to the NCAA Tournament bubble.

usr: 1
This is interesting!