With just under one month to go until THIS. IS. MARCH, BHGP will provide a weekly rundown of potential bracket scenarios, straight from the mouths of nation's preeminent bracketologists. Note: If you attempt to claim "bracketologist" as a form of employment the IRS will audit you immediately. Don't do it.
CURRENT STATUS: TWO SEED.
Joe Lunardi, ESPN: 2 seed, Des Moines, vs. New Mexico State
Jerry Palm, CBS: 1 seed, Des Moines, vs. Montana
Chris Dobbertean, SBNation: 2 seed, Des Moines, vs. Belmont
Dave Ommen, NBC Sports: 2 seed, Des Moines, vs. Steven F. Austin
Bracket Matrix: 2 seed.
It comes as no surprise that Iowa's loss to Indiana knocked them out of a projected first seed for most bracketologists save Jerry Palm, who is a Hawkeye through and through. The good news is that despite losing out on a one, many still have Iowa staying in Des Moines as a two seed. Hawk Central's Chad Leistikow has a good breakdown on why that is the case, and we'll be delving into that notion in greater detail this afternoon.
Thanks to Wisconsin upsetting Maryland, Iowa still controls their own destiny for the regular season Big Ten title. However, he resurgence of the Badgers, who have now won seven straight Big Ten games, raises a few eyebrows about a game that most Iowa fans were confident about a week or two ago. If anything is clear at this point in the season it's that Iowa is going to get every team's best shot. Exhibit A: Minnesota.
WHAT TO WATCH ON WEDNESDAY:
Projected one seed Villanova takes on fellow Big 5 member Temple at the Liacourus Center at 6:00 PM CT on ESPN2. Temple has won eight of their last ten games and has victories over #8 SMU, #23 UConn and #22 Cincinnati. Somehow Ryan Arcidiacono still plays.
Simultaneously on FS1, projected two seed Xavier takes on Providence in Cincinnati. The Musketeers beat the Friars 75-68 in their last matchup and Providence has lost three out of their last four games.
A couple weeks ago you wouldn't have thought that Oklahoma at Texas Tech would be a game worth watching but considering Texas Tech has two straight wins over ranked opponents in Iowa State and Baylor, it might be a game worth keeping an eye on. They'll tip off at 8:00 PM CT on ESPNU.
The main event is easily Duke at North Carolina on ESPN at 8:00 PM CT. North Carolina is projected as a consensus two seed but a few bracketologists have them as a one. Duke was momentarily unranked until they won four straight and beat #13 Louisville and #7 UVA. Duke has won seven out of the last ten matchups and three out of the last four at the Dean Smith Center.
As the Tar Heels are a potential challenger for a one seed...go Blue Devils.