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Monday, February 06, 2017

UConn dominating more than just its own conference

Not sure why I didn't check on this before but with Notre Dame, Florida State and Baylor all having high-profile games tonight I took at a look at the national standings and by my count UConn owns wins over six teams currently leading their conferences.

UConn beat Dayton, which leads the Atlantic-10 Conference race by two games, Florida State and Notre Dame are currently tied for first in the ACC, Baylor and Texas are tied for first in the Big 12 heading into tonight's showdown, DePaul has a one-game lead in the Big East, Maryland is 1/2 game ahead of Ohio State (with UConn owning wins over both teams) in the Big Ten race and Chattanooga is in first place in the Southern Conference.

Oh, for those scoring at home, the ACC has the No. 3 conference RPI, the Big 12 is fourth followed by the American Athletic Conference, the Big Ten and Big East while the Atlantic 10 is ranked 12th among 16 conferences.

Also, the NCAA revealed its second top 16 seed reveal at halftime of the Notre Dame/Louisville game.

There was no change in the No. 1 seeds with UConn, Baylor, South Carolina and Mississippi State being on the top line. The No. 2 seeds are Florida State, Notre Dame, Oregon State and Stanford with Maryland, Washington, Texas and Duke the No. 3 seeds. The No. 4 seeds are Louisville, UCLA, NC State and DePaul.

There's a lot of basketball left to play but if the tournament began today that would put Stanford and Maryland as the No. 2 and 3 seeds in UConn's bracket. That would hardly be an easy road to the Final Four for the Huskies. I don't see Maryland losing between now and the start of the tournament and with five ACC teams between 5 and 15 and four Pac 12 teams between 7-14 there will be losses coming to teams ahead of Maryland.

UConn also happens to own wins over the No. 2, 5, 6, 9, 11 and 16 teams at the current time.

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