Yes, I would say the top 5 or so is going to change all year. I do think that -- so far -- with 4 top-50 wins in the last few weeks, Gonzaga is looking like the best overall team. Yeah, they stubbed their toe against Michigan (an excellent team in their own right), but I think that result shows -- as you say -- that March is going to indeed be Madness!I haven’t seen a team yet that stands out. It’s early, so it’s possible some hit their stride later. However, at this point in time, it looks like there could be a lot of parity in March.
There’s really not a single team you can look at and feel entirely confident they’ll make it past the 2nd round. I’m losing confidence in MD bc I don’t know if they have the coaching to win deep in the tournament. They haven’t really shown any signs of consistency under Mark Turgeon. Honestly, it’s feeling more and more like a yr where Mich St again creeps under the radar and gets to a FF. If I had to make a guess on the FF today it would be:17 point 2nd half comeback and Tennessee comes back and beats UK at Rupp.
Maryland loses on the road at Rutgers.
March is awesome
This is the type of season where mid majors should get more at large bids. If Stephen F Austin, with a win over Duke at Cameron and a 27-3 reg season record, loses in their Conf Tourney, they should still get in.Northern Iowa gets pummeled by 20 in a Friday early afternoon conference tourney game. 25-6 and a regular season Missouri Valley Conference title is nice but I am not so sure that gets you an at large bid to the big dance...