Joe Lunardi is the master bracketologist when it comes to March Madness and his word is pretty much gospel. So when he releases his way-too-early bracketology, people tend to listen even if we have no idea how teams might look yet. While most teams are pretty settled with recruits and know who will be returning to school, we still need to see them come together so it might be wise to take his list with a grain of salt.
Lunardi has these four schools as his top seeds in the NCAA Tournament:
While Arizona is expected to be great and is currently at the top of many preseason top 25 polls, we can’t be sure how well the new recruits will look or if the team will play differently altogether because they no longer have the smooth shooting stroke of a 7-footer like Lauri Markannen. However, they should be one of the better teams in the nation and it’s safe to say that Kansas will be great again as the Jayhawks go for their 14th straight Big 12 title.
Duke and Kentucky should also be great as they pulled in the top two recruiting classes for 2017. Kentucky is going to be the youngest team in college basketball though, which might mean a few bumps along the road and potentially dropping out of the top seed line.
Here is the entire “Joey Brackets” seeding and bracketology. It also features Michigan State, Florida, Louisville and Villanova on the second seed line.