Within mere hours of Gottlieb's smarmy declaration that Duke had a shot at a 1 seed, Duke effectively refuted that ridiculous claim. It is now less outlandish to think of three 1 seeds from the Big East than to suggest two ACC teams deserve top billing. Though that ain't happening either.
While Duke was in very little danger of earning a top seed, they were perfectly situated to be a topic of conversation among the analysts who are working hard to denigrate UofL's claim. Now that particular avenue of chatter has been closed to traffic.
How does this help Louisville? Well, practically speaking, not much at all. But from a PR standpoint, the fewer teams that can ascend to a 1 seed, the more realistic the remaining contenders seem, and the better word of mouth they get, and word of mouth can be important.
So who is left?
UNC is a lock. This is indisputable. But any number of things can happen to the remaining three slots.
OK is a crowd favorite, but a loss to Kansas (or anyone) in the Big 12 Tourney will likely tarnish them just enough for Memphis to sneak in.
Memphis, who can't currently help themselves, has to rely on some folding by the teams in actual, competitive conferences. I think every sane fan has a beef with this possibility since the tigers have beaten exactly no one worthwhile. NO ONE.
Mich St. has a very solid resume, and it's strange to me that they aren't more frequently discussed as a 1 seed. Their credentials are MUCH stronger than either Memphis or OK, if you'll pardon a loss to Northwestern. Which as a cards fan, you must.
Obviously Pitt and UConn's resumes speak for themselves, but I think UofL will have to lose in their first BET game for both of those guys to get one seeds. I just can't figure out which of them is a more likely 1. What do you all think?