That question is:
Will this affect my favorite school’s seedings?
Sometimes yes, sometimes not.
Case in point, Wisconsin losing at Maryland 59-53. Most of their team was healthy, but Frank Kaminsky did not play early in the conference schedule when the Badgers lost at Rutgers. They cannot afford to lose two in a row. However, I still like their chances to win the Big Ten’s automatic bid come March 15 in Chicago.
How about North Carolina and Notre Dame?
The bigger loss was by the Tar Heels, losing to North Carolina State in the Dean Dome 58-46. The Wolfpack are once again catching fire in the final days, where most experts have counted them out (please revisit the late, great Jim Valvano and their miracle championship run of 1983 for inspiration).
For the Fighting Irish, they lost at home to a team that is going nowhere fast in Syracuse. You can safely say that they had an off-night, but in these final set of games to determine the jockeying for seed position–the Committee will probably look at this game as a minor blip in the radar. The Irish should be somewhere between a 3 and a 5 seed come Selection Sunday as it stands with this blog reporter–but things can change once the conference tournaments begin in earnest on Tuesday, March 3. The Irish will be off until March 4 with a huge game at Louisville, as they hope to smell blood as the Cardinals are struggling desperately to replace their starting point guard in Chris Jones who averaged 13.7 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game.
As for the Tar Heels who are trying to survive the first days without their greatest coach in program history in Dean Smith, they will have two games on the road before hosting Duke in ESPN’s final College Gameday broadcast of the season at 9 p.m. Eastern time on Saturday, March 7. At stake for UNC, a higher seed position–anywhere from a low 3 to a high 6 is where they could be pegged come Selection Sunday.