This week the last #1 seed was a topic of debate as our committee met on Thursday. Half of our group wanted Virginia and the other half wanted Kansas. We ultimately went with Kansas. Why?
Virginia's resume: 4th in RPI, 17-1 overall record, 2-1 in tier 1, 5-0 in tier 2 with no bad losses RPI wise- Best win was home vs North Carolina
Kansas' resume: 7th in RPi, 15-3 overall, 6-2 in tier 1, 3-1 in tier 2, no bad losses RPI wise- Best win Kentucky on Neutral site but also beat West Virginia on road.
So why Kansas? We believe who you beat and where you beat them is most important. Only bad losses may hinder a seed. Despite Virginia's better record and lead in ACC, we believe that Kansas has more wins and better quality wins. Virginia lost at West Virginia while Kansas did not. Kansas 9 tier 1 & 2 wins is better than Virginia's 7, and most of Kansas' wins are higher RPI. Neither team has any bad losses and despite Kansas losing some home games, they were to good teams. Kansas was our choice.
This is a good guess right now. Anyone in the top 8 (1 & 2 seeds) can put a winning streak together and move to the 1 seed line. Keep watching! Good luck to your favorite team.