CBS Sports “Bracketologist” Jerry Palm dropped Louisville’s basketball team a seed line in his projections this week. As for whether he’ll move the Cardinals down more depends on how they perform without starting point guard Chris Jones, dismissed from the team Sunday. In a new bracket published Monday, Palm lists U of L as the No. 5 seed in his East Region, down from a No. 4 in the Midwest Region last week.He cited an injury to Purdue’s Robbie Hummel in 2010 as one case in which a team lost significant seeding after losing one player. But the bracket expert wrote that, “Typically, where roster issues are involved, the committee will put a little more weight on how a team did with the roster a team is taking into the tournament than otherwise, but they don’t overdo that.“Rarely is there more than a one-seed line difference between what the profile might merit and the actual seed.…We’ll see how Louisville performs without Jones. So far, the Cardinals have lost the one game he missed when he was suspended. That was at Syracuse.” Kentucky remained the No. 1 overall seed, projected to open the NCAA tournament with a pair of games at the KFC Yum! Center, in projections by both Palm and ESPN’s Joe Lunardi. ESPN’s Bracketology left U of L, as of Monday, as the Midwest’s No. 4 seed. Palm likes Indiana as the East’s No. 7 seed, whereas Lunardi lists the Hoosiers as the No. 8 in the South, quite a difference with the 8 on pace to play a third-round game against the region’s top seed. The 7 gets the 2 seed. Both experts tab the Ohio Valley Conference’s Murray State as a No. 13 seed at this point — Palm with the Racers in the South and Lunardi with them in the West.
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