The latest mock brackets for the NCAA tournament have UConn, Pitt, UNC and Oklahoma occupying the number one seeds. Of those four, Oklahoma is the only safe bet not to make it to the elite eight. They’ve fallen from the ranks of a deserving number one seed, losing not only without Griffin lately, but with him, as well. They’re shaky right now, let’s see how they regroup for the Big 12 tournament. I’d put my basketball betting money on Memphis as a safer bet to get to the final four than the Sooners.
Continuing on, the current #2 seeds are Duke, Memphis, Michigan State and Louisville. Again, I see an odd man out here in Michigan State. Some argue they haven’t done enough to grab a number one seed, but I’ll take it a step further and say Kansas has done more than them to earn a number two seed right now, especially after the dousing they gave Missouri, who in turn earned a big home win themselves over Oklahoma. But it’s really a toss-up. In a heads-up match, though, my college basketball betting money would be on Kansas over Oklahoma. With the way Oklahoma’s been playing lately, and Missouri’s weakness being away from home, you have to bet on Kansas as a favorite in the Big 12 tournament. If they win, it should guarantee them a number two seed in the tournament. Oklahoma could fall to a number two with another loss, as well. And while I’ve ragged on Mizzou in the past NBA odds, I really thought they’d done enough, even if they don’t win the Big 12 tournament, to earn a number 3 seed come NCAA tourney time. That was, of course, until they tanked it against Texas A&M. Welcome to the 4 or 5 seed MU.
Checking out the latest college basketball odds I breezed over UNC, but they deserve a mention about their defense, and why it could be a big difference maker for you when filling out your bracket. For something that doesn’t get the credit it deserves, a few statistics worth citing. First, the team is in the top 25 in the nation in defensive efficiency. Second, they are the top team in the nation in scoring margin (and no, that’s not just running it up on the other end). And third, people said the same thing about them in 2005…obviously not a crystal ball, but you can never be too sure what you believe from the “experts” these days. So, while they might not be an elite defensive team, you really couldn’t say right now it’s an Achilles Heel for them by any means.