Buckeyes leading a crowded top 10

Updated: January 24, 2011, 12:55 PM ET
By Joe Lunardi

So you want to be a bracketologist? No sweat. Just rank the following 10 teams as you think the NCAA men's basketball committee would on Selection Sunday: BYU Cougars, Connecticut Huskies, Duke Blue Devils, Kansas Jayhawks, Ohio State Buckeyes, Pittsburgh Panthers, San Diego State Aztecs, Syracuse Orange, Texas Longhorns and Villanova Wildcats.

Here's my ordered version of the same list (and an explanation of why I've slotted each team in this order) as applied to today's bracket:

Ohio State (No. 1, RPI No. 6, Pomeroy No. 1, ASM +25.2)
This is the only easy choice among the 10 teams. The Buckeyes are 20-0 (7-0 Big Ten) and No. 1 in both major polls. They have five RPI Top 50 wins, including true road victories at the Florida Gators, Florida State Seminoles and Illinois Fighting Illini. Their Feb. 19 visit to play the Purdue Boilermakers might be the only game the rest of the way in which the Buckeyes are not favored.