2014 NCAA Tournament: How High of a Seed Do Cincinnati Bearcats Deserve?

By Trevor Lowry
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Louisville and Memphis had a bunch of hype entering the 2013-14 college basketball season. Even the Connecticut Huskies received more buzz than Cincinnati. With the Bearcats’ latest victory over the Cardinals, how high of a seed do they deserve in the 2014 NCAA Tournament?

Well, if the season ended today, why not give them a No. 3 seed? Maybe even a No. 2 seed.

Cincinnati has an overall record of 20-2 and an AAC record of 9-0. It has only lost to New Mexico and Xavier, who could both make the dance. The Bearcats have key wins over Pittsburgh, Memphis and Louisville. Those three teams should make the tourney.

Wins against North Carolina State and SMU also look pretty good.

ESPN’s Joe Lunardi has this team at a No. 3 seed right now. I promise you I did not look at his latest bracketology first.

If Cincinnati runs the table in the AAC there is no reason why it should not receive a No. 1 seed. There are plenty of teams that have gotten more hype than the Bearcats all season long and there are plenty of teams that could easily earn a top seed over them, but a solid resume is a solid resume.

Before we get too far ahead of ourselves, it is important to note that Sean Kilpatrick and Co. still have to play SMU (on the road), Connecticut (twice), Louisville and Memphis. Who knows if this team will be able to win all of those games.

I will tell you this. In no way is Cincinnati overrated. It is not everyday that a team beats Louisville in its own house, especially when it is ranked No. 12 in the country.

If the Bearcats end up winning this conference, then they better at least earn a No. 2 seed. Memphis, Connecticut and Louisville are all good enough to compete for a national title and you better believe Cincinnati is as well. Winning a conference title over those three teams would be impressive for any team in college hoops.

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