Jon (Washington, DC)
Joe Lunardi is the latest sportswriter to be 100% in the bag for Duke. I wrote him today on his chat about why on earth Duke should be a 1 seed. His response was, because they are Duke. Not because I believe they deserve to be there. It goes against a number of the NCAA bracket rules. IE last year standing do not have an outcome on seeding. The polls are not supposed to be used. Its supposed to be solely about who you play and who you beat. Right now Duke has played no one, and beaten no one. They certainly can't compare their record to Syracuse, OSU and Kansas. The exact quote is below.
How is Duke a 1 seed in the east? They have beaten no one in the top 20 of the RPI. Syracuse shares a win over MSU at a neutral site and has a much stronger RPI. The NCAA has said in the past that previous year's performance have no relevance on the seeding. Duke probably doesn't even deserve a 1 seed considering they have not played anyone tough, and will not play anyone tough for the remainder of the season. The body of work just isn't there for Duke this year. This isn't the BCS, getting ranked high in the preseason shouldn't determine your seeding in march.Joe Lunardi (4:12 PM)
I'm hardly an apologist for Duke, Jon, but you need to take off those anti-Blue Devil glasses. Duke is the unanimous No. 1 team in the country by acclamation. They are going to be the No. 1 seed in the East barring hugely unexpected developments, so you'd better get used to the idea.