Earlier this afternoon, the AP and Coaches’ Polls for NCAA Men’s Basketball was released. This is the last poll until after the NCAA Tournament is over. Selection Sunday concluded conference championship week, as well as wrapping up the college basketball season. 68 teams will now be competing for one common goal, a National Championship trophy. These rankings now have diminished value, as the only numbers that will seem to matter from here on out will be the seeding and the scores after each game.
Florida remains at the top at #1, followed by Wichita State at #2. The Gators claimed the #1 overall seed for the NCAA Tournament. After a trip to New York that was cut short in stunning fashion, Villanova fell from #3 to #6 on the AP Polls. As for the Coaches’ Poll, they dropped to #7. However, it doesn’t really matter as the Wildcats will heading north to Buffalo for their first game in the NCAA Tournament as a 2-seed.
The Creighton Bluejays also took a hit in the polls, going down a few steps to #16 in the AP and Coaches’ Polls. As for the Big East Champion Providence, they did not land in the Top 25. However, they did receive a mention and received six votes in the AP Polls and three for the Coaches’ Poll. Here’s a look at the polls, courtesy of ESPN:
AP Poll: Coaches’ Poll:
As for bracketology, Villanova is in the East region with some interesting company. Click here for more information on Villanova’s path to the Final Four. A preview for the first game against Milwaukee will be available soon.
The blog FiveThirtyEight made a cool interactive bracket of each team’s chances at each stage of the tournament until the National Championship game. It compiles the odds from a strictly statistical sense. The formula used includes Ken Pomeroy’s ratings, Jeff Sagarin predictor ratings, Sonny Moore’s ratings, Sokol’s LRMC ratings, and ESPN’s BPI rankings. No matter what information a computer or rankings can provide, it is called March Madness for a reason, and anything can happen.
To check it out, click here.