March Madness Bracket Projections, Week 17: No. 1 Seeds

    March Madness bracket projections for Week 17 of the 2015-16 season. There's been a small shakeups in the No. 1 seeds this week.

    February 29, 2016


    March Madness bracket projections for Week 17 of the 2015-16 season.


    The NCAA Tournament is about matchups as much as anything else.
    A good draw in the Big Dance could mean the difference between having to play some of the toughest underdogs around or getting to stay comfy cozy near home most of the way to the Final Four. Sure, every team wants to win its conference championship, but for the elite clubs in the country, every win takes a program one step closer to a coveted No. 1 seed in one of the four regions of the NCAA Tournament.
    Which four will it be? We’ll see in less than a month, but here’s March Madness bracket projections for the four teams who deserve it the most right now.

    East

    Villanova Wildcats

    Villanova may have dropped a tough one on the road to Xavier last week, but the Wildcats bounced back nicely with a double-digit win at Marquette. Villanova has done more than enough to prove it deserves a No. 1 seed. There is zero shame in losing to the Musketeers, who are one of the best teams in the country themselves, and there seems to be little that can be done to stop ‘Nova at this point. Three of Villanova’s four losses have come vs. top-five talent, and the hiccup at XU doesn’t move Jay Wright’s team anywhere.

    Midwest

    Kansas Jayhawks

    Death, taxes and Kansas winning the Big 12. KU pushed its conference winning streak to an even dozen with a win at Baylor and at home vs. Texas Tech last week, and the Jayhawks are playing with nothing but confidence at this point. Kansas will be challenged next at Texas, a team that has started to turn some heads, and the final home game of the season comes vs. a tough Iowa State team. Still, Bill Self has his team playing with intensity on both ends of the floor, and this is going to be a hungry team come tournament time.

    South

    Virginia Cavaliers

    The Cavaliers made their case as a No. 1 seed by beating North Carolina, a victory that just added their fantastic resume. The win over UNC was their eighth win over an RPI top 50 team, and even though the Cavs lost to Miami (Fla.) Feb. 22, losing on the road to a top 15 team doesn’t carry too much of a penalty. UVA’s six losses have all come on the road, and the only losses in the month of February have come at Duke and at the Hurricanes, and those were by a total of four points. Virginia is playing more than solid basketball right now, and although it still faces a challenge to hold onto this seeding, the Cavaliers deserve it right now.

    West

    Michigan State Spartans

    The NCAA Tournament figures to be wide open, which makes the hot team one that can go the distance. Put Michigan State in that category. The Spartans have put their three-game losing streak earlier this year long behind them, and they are absolutely rolling right now. They have won seven of their last eight, and all but one of those wins – a 74-65 win over then-No. 7 Maryland – have come by double digits. Their only loss in that span was an 82-81 hiccup at Purdue. This team is absolutely cruising, and with no one else really stepping up, MSU has made a claim for a top seed.

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