Lunardi 9, Palm 7

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Lunardi 9, Palm 7

It almost reads like scripture and in the world of basketball it may well be. We’re talking bracketology and things are beginning to get serious in college basketball. It’s time to compare the projected NCAA seeds from Joe Lunardi and Jerry Palm.

ESPN’s Lunardi continues to place nine teams from the ACC at the doorstep of March Madness. Meanwhile, CBS’ Jerry Palm shook things up and now has only seven conference teams in his bracket.

Once again, as a reminder, nothing either of these two gentlemen lay out on paper at this point in the season is set in stone. It’s informative on one side and definitely entertaining on the other.

With that disclaimer out of the way, let’s take a look at where our favorite ACC schools are positioned in terms of postseason play.


Lunardi 9, Palm 7


Lunardi’s Top Seeds

  • Villanova  EAST
  • Virginia  SOUTH
  • Kansas  WEST
  • Purdue  MIDWEST

Palm’s Top Seeds

  • Villanova  EAST
  • Virginia  SOUTH
  • Duke  WEST
  • Purdue  MIDWEST

Lunardi vs Palm Bracketology

E RANK (LUNARDI) TEAM VS RANK TEAM
#4 NORTH CAROLINA #13 EAST TENNESSEE ST.
S RANK TEAM VS RANK TEAM
#1 VIRGINIA #16 WAGNER
#5 KENTUCKY #12 NC STATE/BOISE ST.
#6 LOUISVILLE #11 M. TENNESSEE ST.
W RANK  TEAM VS RANK TEAM
#2 DUKE #15 RIDER
#6 CREIGHTON #11 SYRACUSE/SMU
#8 FLORIDA STATE #9 PROVIDENCE
M RANK TEAM VS RANK TEAM
#4 CLEMSON #13 LOUISIANA
#6 MIAMI #11 TEXAS A&M
E RANK (PALM) TEAM VS RANK TEAM
#2 CLEMSON #15 RIDER
S RANK TEAM VS RANK TEAM
#1 VIRGINIA ? ?
#7 MIAMI #10 PROVIDENCE
W RANK TEAM VS RANK TEAM
#1 DUKE #16 UNC-ASHEVILLE
#7 FLORIDA STATE #10 NEW MEXICO ST.
M RANK TEAM VS RANK TEAM
#6 NORTH CAROLINA #11 SMU
#7 LOUISVILLE #10 USC

Lunardi 9, Palm 7


Let’s take a look at the NCAA RPI rankings for ACC teams. It will give us a better understanding of why certain teams are doing well in the world of bracketology. We’ll note if a team is moving up or down otherwise they maintain their last position. (Reflects games through January 28).

NCAA RPI

  • #1     Virginia
  • #4     Duke
  • #5     Clemson UP 1
  • #11    North Carolina
  • #17    Miami DOWN 1
  • #20   Louisville
  • #30   Syracuse
  • #33   Florida State DOWN 2
  • #63   NC State DOWN 1

Virginia Tech came in at #72, Boston College #73 and Notre Dame at #78.


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