1. Kentucky- I think this is semi-self explainable but Kentucky has just been dominant this year. Going 31-0 in the regular season is kind of a big deal considering it hasn’t been achieved since the 1976 Indiana Hoosiers. They have the best front court in the country in my opinion and although they have had some close games, they are still 31-0 and the favorite to win it all.
2. Duke- Duke came into the year one of the favorites, and they still are. Jahlil Okafor and Tyus Jones have been exactly what the Blue Devils needed them to be. Going 29-3 with losses to Notre Dame (#8 at the time), NC State, and Miami is still a good resumé and will get them the 1 seed without a problem.
3. Virginia- People might not enjoy watching Virginia as much as a Duke or Kentucky because of their calm, relaxed play, but Virginia is good. They went 29-2 and had quality wins against UNC, Notre Dame, and Louisville. The thing that scares me about them is that they have a lot of close wins, although they manage to win them, still scary.
4. Wisconsin- This is the hardest one to pick because Villanova could easily switch with them but I think Wisconsin has a better chance. Having Wooden Award contender Frank Kaminsky down low provides a big matchup problem for most defenses and they are a very balanced team. They went 29-3 with losses to good teams such as Duke and Maryland but then had a rough loss against a bad Rutgers team.
Wildcard- Michigan Wolverines- If this team manages to sneak into the tournament, which is very unlikely, they are bound to cause some upsets. Injuries have plagued Michigan’s season but the team morale is high. Aubrey Dawkins is on a tear right now and that helps. Don’t let that 16-15 record fool you, they had to go against tough teams like NJIT and Eastern Michigan and went into overtime with Wisconsin. Plus, they got “Made in March” jerseys so the committee should let this young squad suit up.