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Posted at 12:13 PM ET, 01/20/2011

Today's No. 1 seeds: Ohio State, Pittsburgh, Kansas and San Diego State

By Eric Prisbell

As I start to delve into the numbers and begin to piece together my bracket this week, I want to take a closer look at potential No. 1 seeds to see if it is time for some shuffling to occur. Let's take a closer look at six teams. (Only games against division I opponents are reflected in records.) I am not going to use RPI alone as one of the measuring sticks, but I am going to use strength of schedules and victories against the RPI's top 50.

Ohio State

Record: 19-0
SOS rank: 71
Vs. top 50: 2-0
Best wins: at Florida (16), Minnesota (26)
Road/neutral court: 5-0
Vs. 200 or worse: 5-0
Comment: The fact that the Buckeyes are No. 1 in the polls has no bearing on me. But watching this team play does matter. This is the best team in the country right now. I'm not concerned about only two wins against top 50 teams because they've beaten everyone in their path and could be the favorite headed into the tourney.

Kansas
Record: 18-0
SOS: 16
Vs. top 50: 3-0
Best wins: vs. Arizona (27), Valparaiso (47), Colorado State (49)
Road/neutral court: 7-0
Vs. 200 or worse: 5-0
Comment: The standard is high for a potential No. 1 seed. The Jayhawks haven't really beaten anyone yet. The jury remains out on Arizona. Valpo and Colorado State are barely top 50 teams. Kansas has beaten a bunch of "good" teams; 12-0 against the top 100. I want to see what they do Saturday against Texas. But barring a complete flop against the 'Horns, I'm inclined to keep KU as a No. 1 seed.

San Diego State
Record: 18-0
SOS: 33
Vs. top 50: 3-0
Best wins: UNLV (34), St. Mary's (40), at Gonzaga (45)
Road/neutral court: 11-0
Vs. 200 or worse: 1-0
Comment: Okay, so they have not beaten a top 50 team from a power conference. Well, they won't get the chance to do so until the NCAA tournament now. That doesn't bother me. The three top 50 wins are against solid NCAA tournament teams. Wichita State had been in the top 50 before it started to slide. Seven true road wins is impressive. Also impressive is only one game against a true lightweight (San Diego). Leaning toward giving the Aztecs a No. 1 seed.

Pittsburgh
Record: 18-1
SOS: 15
Vs. top 50: 4-1
Best wins: Syracuse (3), Connecticut (6), at Georgetown (7), vs. Texas
Loss: vs. Tennessee (18)
Road/neutral court: 5-1
Vs. 200 or worse: 3-0
Comment: The only thing not to like is the loss to the nation's biggest enigma: Tennessee. But four top 25 wins, including three wins over top 10 RPI wins, is pretty darn strong. If not for the Tennessee loss, Pitt would be my number one No. 1. As it is, I'll have them second or third.

Syracuse
Record: 18-1
SOS: 23
Vs. top 50: 3-1
Best wins: Notre Dame (10), St. John's (15), vs. Michigan State (20)
Loss: at Pittsburgh (4)
Road/neutral court: 5-1
Vs. 200 or worse: 4-0
Comment: Three top 25 wins is impressive. No shame in the Pitt loss, but I can't put the Orange ahead of the Panthers. A strong No. 2 seed.

Duke
Record: 17-1
SOS: 44
Vs. top 50: 3-0
Best wins: Michigan State (20), vs. Butler (24), Alabama-Birmingham (50)
Loss: at Florida State (57)
Road/neutral court: 6-1
Vs. 200 or worse: 4-0
Comment: This is not a No. 1 seed as of today. None of the top 50 victories are overly impressive. Michigan State and Butler have faded some. The victory over Kansas State (53) also looked a lot better in November. And this is not even the same Duke team that beat those teams. With Duke, it is imperative that people remember that Duke has to re-establish how good it is without Kyrie Irving. Even though the ACC is down, Duke still plays St. John's and Temple. This is a No. 2 seed right now.

By Eric Prisbell  | January 20, 2011; 12:13 PM ET
 
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