Mar 10, 2014, 9:44 AM EDT
1. Florida (29-2, LW: No. 1): There is no National Title favorite this season. This isn’t like 2012, when Kentucky won it all, or 2009, when everyone had North Carolina winning the title. There isn’t even a team like Louisville from last season. But if I had to bet my life on one team making a run to the Final Four, it would be Florida. They just don’t have any exploitable weaknesses.
2. Wichita State (34-0, LW: No. 2): 34-0. They did it.
3. Arizona (28-3, LW: No. 3): The Wildcats lost at Oregon this week, but that doesn’t change my opinion of Arizona for the time being. The Ducks are streaking and winning the second leg of a Pac-12 road weekend is never an easy thing to do.
4. Villanova (28-3, LW: No. 9): The Wildcats might be the nation’s most underrated team. They have just three losses on the season and they won the Big East regular season title by three full games. If the conference added anyone other than Creighton, Jay Wright’s club might be undefeated in league play right now.
5. Louisville (26-5, LW: No. 10): The Cardinals are the No. 2 team in the country, according to KenPom, and are one of just four teams to be ranked in the top 15 in offensive and defensive efficiency.
6. Kansas (23-8, LW: No. 4): The Jayhawks will be one of the favorites to win the title … if Joel Embiid can get healthy.
7. Virginia (26-5, LW: No. 6): The Cavaliers lost at Maryland on Sunday, which was just their second loss of the ACC season.
8. Syracuse (27-4, LW: No. 8): After losing to Georgia Tech on Tuesday, Syracuse suddenly looked like the Syracuse of January, smacking around Florida State in Tallahassee.
9. Duke (24-7, LW: No. 5): The Blue Devils followed up an embarrassing loss at Wake Forest by pounding North Carolina in Cameron in their final regular season game.
10. Michigan (23-7, LW: No. 13): The Wolverines are outright Big Ten champs, but can they play their way into a No. 1 seed? It will take a Big Ten tournament title to make that happen.
11. San Diego State (27-3, LW: No. 11)
12. Creighton (24-6, LW: No. 7)
13. Wisconsin (25-6, LW: No. 12)
14. Cincinnati (26-5, LW: No. 14)
15. Iowa State (23-7, LW: No. 15)
16. North Carolina (23-8, LW: No. 16)
17. New Mexico (24-6, LW: No. 20)
18. UConn (24-7, LW: No. 17)
19. Memphis (23-8, LW: No. 18)
20. Michigan State (23-7, LW: No. 21)
21. Oklahoma (23-8, LW: No. 24)
22. Saint Louis (26-5, LW: No. 19)
23. SMU (23-8, LW: No. 22)
24. Texas (22-9, LW: No. 23)
25. VCU (24-7, LW: No. 25)
- There’s only one way the NCAA gets UNC investigation wrong: a 2016 postseason ban 26
- Academic issues expected to sideline St. John’s point guard for fall semester, maybe longer 6
- North Carolina announces receipt of Notice of Allegations from NCAA 2
- LSU’s ’25 is coming’ campaign doesn’t try to hide that they’re monetizing Ben Simmons 1
- Looking Forward: Catching up on the American’s offseason 1
- Five-star center Caleb Swanigan has committed to Purdue 8
- Friday’s most important rule changes only matter if refs actually enforce them 2
- There’s only one way the NCAA gets UNC investigation wrong: a 2016 postseason ban (26)
- Sports book lists Maryland as early favorite to win national title (9)
- Academic issues expected to sideline St. John’s point guard for fall semester, maybe longer (6)
- John Calipari is selling his program when he says national title isn’t a goal (5)
- Frank Kaminsky writes a farewell letter to Wisconsin fans (5)