Women’s basketball bracketology: Oregon claims a 1 seed by a narrow margin

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Changing of the one-seed guard.

When UConn lost to Louisville last week, the conventional wisdom was that the Huskies should fall to a 2 seed. I even argued last week that it was reasonable to have them there to begin with. That’s why I was surprised how tough this decision actually was. I ultimately went with the Ducks because they have four RPI top 25 wins, compared to just two for UConn (although UConn has one of the best wins of the season, defeating Notre Dame handily in South Bend).

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But the Huskies still have a case, and I won’t fight any bracketologist who keeps them on the 1 line. Here’s why: UConn beat the best team in the country (per this bracket) on the road and its only two losses are on the road to the second and third-best teams. The Huskies have done literally everything else asked of them and have done so in convincing fashion. If we’re still using the RPI to judge a team’s quality, then UConn’s rout of UCF has to carry more weight than one might initially think. Oregon’s loss to Michigan State is worse than any UConn has and the Ducks have no win that touches one at Notre Dame.

So, yeah, it was a tough call, but the edge goes to Oregon. For now. That UConn-South Carolina game looms next week.