It's never too early for Bracketology , or to complain about Joe Lunardi under-seeding teams that deserve higher spots. College basketball has been unpredictable this season, with no completely dominant team and a multitude of inexplicable losses from powerhouse squads. Here are the four teams criminally under-seeded in Lunardi's latest bracketology.
4. UCLA Bruins (11)
The UCLA Bruins aren't the same high-powered team as last season with Lonzo Ball, Bryce Alford and T.J Leaf--but that still doesn't make them a No. 11 seed. The Pac-12 has been bad this year, however the Bruins still sit atop the conference at a 12-4 record and are 3-1 within conference record. Freshmen Jaylen Hands will only get better as the season goes on, and Aaron Holiday gets buckets with the best of them. The first place team in the Pac-12 deserves a higher spot than an 11 seed.
3. Cincinnati Bearcats (4)
Let's say it for the people in the back, as of right now, the Bearcats are better than the Wichita State team that gets so much love, and is ranked as a No. 2 seed in Lunardi's bracktology. Cincinnati is 14-2 on the season, and the winner of seven straight games, sitting ahead of the Shockers in the American Conference. The team was 14th in the past AP top 25 and they deserve a higher seed.
2. Saint Mary's Gaels (9)
Saint Mary's will forever and always be in the shadow of Gonzaga in the West Coast Conference. The team, however, has absolutely been balling this season and have won 10 straight games and additionally sit one game ahead of Gonzaga at 15-2. The Gaels also have a player of the year candidate in Jock Landale and Lundardi just absolutely needs to give Saint Mary's at least a 6 seed in this weakened college basketball field.
1. Auburn Tigers (5)
Auburn is officially no longer only a football school. Head Coach Bruce Pearl has his Tigers firing on all cylinders and at 15-1 the team has one of the best records in the country. The Tigers were 22nd in the latest AP Top 25, but deserve even more respect than that as they've won 13 straight games and play in one of the strongest conferences in the country. As of right now the Tigers deserve at least a top 3 seed.