Selection Sunday is a mere six weeks away, so it’s hardly too early to start thinking about which Top 25 teams have a legitimate shot at the Final Four. Even with all the shakeups at the top of the poll in recent weeks, the prime contenders are starting to sort themselves out.
One ex-favorite that’s fallen on hard times is Louisville, down to No. 12 after a recent three-game skid. Still, point guard Peyton Siva and company proved in the 2012 tournament that a shaky regular season doesn’t exactly preclude a Final Four run, especially for a team with a top-tier defense.
Here, we take a closer look at the Cards and the rest of this week’s AP Top 25, with an eye to each team’s chances of making it through the first five rounds and punching a ticket to Atlanta for the Final Four.