College basketball seems pretty far away, but Joe Lunardi already has an early Bracketology to share for fans across the country.
Last season, the Virginia Cavaliers defeated the Texas Tech Red Raiders to win the national title. Both teams should have enough talent talent to compete next season, yet Lunardi sees a slight decline in performance.
Although it’s far too early to tell which teams will earn No. 1 seeds, Lunardi seems pretty confident in four powerhouse programs.
Once again, North Carolina and Duke find themselves toward the top of Lunardi’s bracket. The Blue Devils have Tre Jones returning to play alongside another top recruiting class, meanwhile the Tar Heels turn their offense over to five-star recruit Cole Anthony. Lunardi has Kentucky as the No. 2 seed in Duke’s bracket, setting up what would potentially be an epic Elite Eight game. UNC draws recent two-time national title winner Villanova in this scenario.
Lunardi has both ACC programs toward the top of his bracket, but he actually has Michigan State receiving the No. 1 overall seed.
The Spartans have a talented nucleus returning to East Lansing for next season, which includes Cassius Winston and Xavier Tillman.
Here are the top seeds for Lunardi:
- Michigan State
- North Carolina
Kansas is the final No. 1 seed for Lunardi, and that makes sense considering its current starting lineup. Bill Self has Devon Dotson, Udoka Azubuike, Silvio De Sousa and Ochai Agbaji at his disposal for the 2019-20 season.
There weren’t too many clear contenders last season in college hoops. It doesn’t appear that will be the case next season, as all four teams mentioned have the firepower to dominate their opposition.
Lunardi’s full bracket can be seen on ESPN.