2013 NCAA Basketball Tournament predictions have evolved yet again. In the latest Bracketology report from ESPN, a new school has joined the top four seeds in the March 11 projections of Joe Lunardi. Joining Gonzaga, Indiana, and Duke as projected No. 1 seeds are the Louisville Cardinals. Beating Cincinnati and Notre Dame over the past week has helped Louisville's RPI and given the team a boost when it was most needed.
With Louisville moving up, Kansas dropped to a No. 2 seed. Ohio State and Miami also moved up in the new brackets, gaining respect with what the teams have been able to accomplish this season. Kansas, Ohio State, Miami, and Georgetown are now the two seeds. One line behind them is Michigan State, Michigan, Florida, and New Mexico as the three seeds.
In the latest 2013 NCAA Basketball Tournament predictions, eight Big East schools and seven Big Ten schools are in line to make the "Big Dance." That should predict some very interesting conference tournament match-ups, especially for teams that are still considered to be on the bubble at this point of the season. Two of the preseason front-runners (Kentucky and UCLA) have also found their way back into the brackets as projected teams in the South Bracket.
The huge debate as Selection Sunday (March 17) draws close will become whether the 30-2 Gonzaga Bulldogs deserve to be the top overall seed in the tournament. The team plays St. Mary's in the WCC Championship Game and could finish the regular season with a record three games better than the No. 2 team in the nation. The RPI and strength of schedule (SOS) for Gonzaga is arguably weaker than a lot of other schools, though, so the selection committee has a tough task coming up.
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