In which I determine your team’s chances in March based on how I feel about them in January.
Kansas (15-2) – Rebuked the notion of hereditary predisposition to coaching genius by routing Sean Sutton in front of his father. Silly Sutton, Jr. Everyone knows dad built his coaching legacy by mailing cash to recruits! Kansas probably plays strong in conference and gets a #2.
Virginia Tech Tofurkeys (13-4) – Shut up the Cameron Crazies one week and then made Roy Williams say “Daggum it!” the next. That right there is a successful college basketball season. Pencil them in with a 5 seed.
Duke (14-3) – Lost back-to-back games in the past week. The good news is, they don’t have to play another school that ends in “Tech” until mid-February. Of course, they’ll still get a nice fat 2 seed.
UConn (13-2) – I’m tempted to cut them some slack, since there are 47 teams in the Big East these days. But then again, anything that returns Storrs, Connecticut to its rightful place in cartographic obscurity is OK with me. They’ll probably get in with a 10-seed and lose to Washington State.
LSU (12-4) – Gave Nick Saban his first victory as Coach/Provost/Ombudsman of Alabama University. Also shrunk Big Baby, which angers me.
The Little Engine That Could: Marist Red Foxes (12-4 [4-1 in the MAAC]) – Squeezed in a couple of strong teams in non-conference play and managed to win at Minnesota. And they get to play 0-16 Iona one more time this year. I foresee a 2 vs 15 matchup with Ohio State in their future.