It is almost that time of year where teams sit on pins and needles hoping and praying for the highest seed possible. Not just the highest seed, but also and arguably more important, the best matchup. Selection Sunday is not even a month a way, and with Louisville playing its best basketball, just how high of a seed can this team attain?
If Louisville were to win out the regular season, and in doing that, defeat Cincy, Memphis, SMU on the road and UCONN at home, can one make the case that this team is a 1 seed? I think the possibility is surely there. If that were to happen, our RPI would be higher than the current (27), but it still wouldn’t likely be in the top 10, leaving the door open for some serious criticism if the selection committee awarded Louisville with a 1. Often times the selection committee will speak about the “body of work” but that their focus is on the last half of the season. If that were true, then perhaps an eleven game winning streak (which is the number Louisville would be on) would be enough to propel them to that seed.
If I had to make a prediction, I think if Louisville were to win the rest of the regular season games and at least have a decent showing in the conference tournament, then at worst they would earn a 2 seed. Not to shabby, considering just a week ago CBS had us a (7). If we were to win out, and win the AAC Conference Championship, then I think the coveted (1) seed is well within our grasp. The last four regular season games are a must if we hope to have any consideration for at least a 2 seed, so lets take care of those first and foremost. Of course here’s hoping for another 16 game winning streak ending at another NCAA Championship. If we were to win the National Championship game, it would also be Rick Pitino’s 700th win. Coincidence, (wink) perhaps not. Go Cards.