If there is one team that has a legitimate gripe about their seeding–it is No.7 Cincinnati. Owning a record of 28-6, and fresh off a victory (and championship win) in the AAC Tournament Final over now 3-seed Houston, the Bearcats were seriously under-seeded. The silver lining? This game against No.10 Iowa is being played in Columbus, Ohio–a hop, skip and jump away from their home arena. Their fans should show up and travel well.
Scott Van Pelt made a great point in terms of their seeding and how the selection committee clearly didn’t take Conference Tournament winners into account–that much anyway:
People didn’t like @JayBilas saying the hay was in the barn. It was. Iowa State a 6, ‘Nova a 6, Auburn a 5, Cincinnati a 7 and MSU a 2. All won their tournaments and it seemed to mean nothing in terms of seeding. Not one thing.
It’s UC’s ninth-straight NCAA tournament appearance. Only five other schools have done such and the names are lofty: Duke, Gonzaga, Kansas, Michigan State and North Carolina. The Bearcats have won 89 games since the start of 2016-2017 trailing only Villanova (93) and Gonzaga (99).
Cincinnati is led by junior guard Jarron Cumberland, who averages 18 points and 4 assists per game. The Bearcats prefer to play at a slow tempo, ranking 338th in that category, according to Kenpom.com. They are 28th in adjusted defensive efficiency.
Iowa finished 22-11 under coach Fran McCaffery, including 10-10 in the Big Ten, 4-6 in away games and 4-1 in neutral games. They were ranked 16 straight weeks but then have lost five of their last six.
Averaging in double figures for Iowa are Tyler Cook (14.9 ppg), Luke Garza (12.9), Jordan Bohannon (11.3) and Joe Wieskamp (10.8). Cook tops the Hawkeyes in rebounds with 7.9 per game and was second team All-Big Ten. Garza made honorable mention and Wieskamp made the all-freshman team. Bohannon is not to be fouled, missing just 13 free throws in 33 games and shooting at .880 from the stripe this year after .949 last year.
The winner of Friday’s game will face the winner of 2 seed Tennessee and 15 seed Colgate on Sunday in Columbus.
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If there is one team that has a legitimate gripe about their seeding--it is No.7 Cincinnati. Owning a record of 28-6, and fresh off a victory (and championship win) in the AAC Tournament Final over now 3-seed Houston, the Bearcats were seriously under-seeded. The silver lining?...Dan SchalkDanSchalkmyfantasysportstalk@gmail.comAdministratorDan Schalk is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief for MFST and can be heard weekly on the 'My Fantasy Podcast'. He is likely watching Seinfeld right now, not that there's anything wrong with that.MyFantasySportsTalk