Indiana Hoosiers forwards Christian Watford, left, and Will Sheehey, and Michigan State Spartans center Adreian Payne fight for position during the second half at Jack Breslin Students Events Center.
After Indiana, then what?
With less than three weeks until selection Sunday, at least 10 teams harbor realistic hopes of joining the top-ranked Hoosiers as No. 1 seeds in the NCAA tournament.
The combination of Miami’s loss at Wake Forest, Georgetown’s victory at Syracuse and Kansas steering its season back on course in recent games has clouded the picture near the top of the seed lines.
“I don’t think there’s that much difference between the best teams and others,” Kansas coach Bill Self said.
Though there is a clear No. 1 team in the eyes of most, there is less of a lock, or near lock, for a second top seed than there has been at this point in recent years.
“It’s maybe a little more clustered, but not ridiculously so,” said analyst Patrick Stevens, who projects the NCAA tournament field for USA TODAY Sports. “There was a least a little separation in the past. In some ways, maybe the one line is not as secure or as stout as it might be. But the two and three lines are really, really good.”
If Indiana is one No. 1 seed, in alphabetical order, the top contenders for the other three slots:
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