ESPN’s Myron Medcalf reseeds the team playing in the sweet 16 based on their performance so far throughout the NCAA Tournament. You will be surprised where they have UK seeded.
Here is a look at the four NO.1 Seeds.
1. Arizona (Reseed: top overall seed; previous seed: No. 1)
Arizona toyed with Weber State in the round of 64. That was expected. But Gonzaga was a legitimate opponent as a No. 8 seed that appeared to possess the tools to give Arizona a fight. That didn’t happen. The Wildcats topped the Zags by 23 points in a lopsided win that allowed them to showcase their championship potential. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Aaron Gordon each finished with 18 points. Nick Johnson, a shooting guard, had four blocks. Arizona is athletic and versatile and ranked No. 1 in adjusted defensive efficiency, per Ken Pomeroy. The Wildcats played better than any team in the field this weekend.
2. Florida (Reseed: No. 1; previous seed: top overall seed)
When Kentucky was the favorite to win the national title in 2012, it beat every team it faced by double digits until it reached the Final Four. Louisville defeated North Carolina A&T and Colorado State by 57 points combined in its first two NCAA tournament matchups last season. That’s the expectation when you’re the top overall seed. Early dominance. Even though the Gators had some rocky moments in their first game, they crushed Albany and Pitt by 28 points combined to reach the Sweet 16 for the fourth consecutive season. The Gators haven’t lost since Dec. 2. The streak continues.
3. Kentucky (Reseed: No. 1; previous seed: No. 8)
The real Kentucky finally stood up. When John Calipari signed one of the most highly anticipated recruiting classes in the history of college basketball, no one questioned the talent pool in Lexington. The only question about the Wildcats centered on whether the players would come together and develop the chemistry necessary to make a serious run. Their regular season was rocky. But they’re playing like a team that finally realizes how good it can be. Wins over Kansas State and previously undefeated Wichita State proved that the Wildcats are good enough to compete for the national title. And Julius Randle, who finished with double-doubles in both games, is unstoppable right now.
4. Virginia (Reseed: No. 1; previous seed: No. 1)
The Cavaliers were shaky in their opening-round matchup against Coastal Carolina. They were down by five points at halftime, as the prophets of the Twitterverse hovered near their TVs anticipating the first 16 vs. 1 upset in NCAA tournament history. It didn’t happen. Virginia came back to defeat Coastal Carolina by double digits. Then it eliminated Memphis (holding the Tigers to 3-for-13 shooting from the 3-point line) on Sunday in a 78-60 victory. The Cavs committed just 17 total turnovers in those victories. They have a collection of scorers now. They’re a great defensive team, too. The Cavs can win it all.