In order to be a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament, in my opinion, you have to do the following:
* Win more than four games against top-50 teams in the RPI, both before Jan. 1 and after.
* Dominate your conference.
* Be consistent.
If you’re a Kansas State fan and reading this, then close this window right now, because it doesn’t apply to you.
Same with Duke fans and intramurals commish Brittney Plowman as well.
While we all know that Kansas, Kentucky, and Syracuse are certain No. 1 seeds unless they slip up in their respective conference tournaments, it’s been a question as to who would be the fourth No. 1 seed.
While the candidates have been Purdue, Ohio State, West Virginia, and Michigan State, of those four teams, the Buckeyes have the stronger résumé.
The Buckeyes have two true road wins after Jan. 1 against top-50 opponents, beating both Purdue and Michigan State on the road.
They have dominated the conference since their 1-3 start, the only blemish being a loss against Purdue at home.
They also have in my opinion the best player in the nation not named John Wall in Evan Turner.
If Turner’s injury had been more serious than what it was, the Buckeyes could very well be where Illinois is right now—on the bubble.
But they’re not.
It’s quite clear that they have a better résumé than West Virginia, who lost true road games against Pittsburgh and Connecticut on the road, and Michigan State, which only has one true road win against a top-50 RPI team the entire year, a win over Purdue on Feb. 28.
Kansas State, which I thought could have gotten consideration had they beaten Kansas on Wednesday, has true road wins against Baylor (RPI 10) and UNLV (RPI 43).
After Jan. 1, they only have one victory against the top-50 RPI on the road, which would be their win over Baylor in January.
Ohio State has two, which is one more than the Spartans and two more than the Mountaineers.
In February, the Buckeyes went 7-1, while the Spartans went 3-4.
West Virginia went 5-3.
Of those three, who would you want as a No. 1 seed?