So it's that time of year again. When we get to roast or applaud the committees selections for this years National Championship tournament. Let's first not worry about those who did not make it in like Syracuse. These bubble teams more often than not are the definition of average and choked away their opportunity at some point in the season. To me it's far more telling of who really gets screwed and or really lucky when you look at the seedings and the regions.
Here are some initial thoughts:
- Some people will say Duke got screwed by not being a #1 seed but the bottom half of the East bracket sets up pretty well for Duke as a #2.
- Virginia gets a tough opening round game against Kevin Keatts and his UNC Wilmington boys and Florida will have its hands full with East Tennessee State's TJ Cromer. Both these games are upset alerts to me.
-Keep and eye on SMU and who they play in the first round (Providence or USC). This could be the best game of the first round if Providence advances into the 6/11 game. I like SMU to do some damage in this bracket.
- Looking so forward to the Mich/OK ST opening matchup. This will be must watch television for sure as Oklahoma States Jawun Evans goes up against Michigan's Derrick Walton. Ok State should have been higher than a #10 seed for sure.
- Not sure Kansas is feeling the love right now as they get the winner of the MSU vs Miami game in round 2.
- This bracket appears to me to be the most fun. Teams like Iowa St., Louisville, KU, Iona and Michigan will make this a great bracket to follow.
- Wichita State as a #10 seed may make some think there not that good. They would be wrong. They are good. However, the Missouri Valley Conference was down this year so many will underestimate them. I would not.
– The bottom half of the South is going to be interesting with Kentucky, Dayton, Wichita State and UCLA all in that bottom half.
– North Carolina got the best draw out of the No. 1’s in terms of the 8/9 games. Seton Hall is the only team I see that can give them trouble. I do like UNC’s path to the Elite Eight ,especially compared to the bottom half of the bracket.
– That West region seems the to be the weakest bracket out of the four. Arizona has a pretty nice draw getting to stay home out West, where Florida State does struggle away from home.
- Potential upset right off the bat in this region. Dunk City is back in the field, and don’t be surprised if Florida Gulf Coast does it again, drawing a beatable No. 3 seed in Florida State.
-Keep an eye on Vanderbilt. Although it didn't seem as if they could make the field the Commodores closed strong, winning eight of their final 11 games including twice against Florida and on the road at Arkansas to secure their place in history as the first 15-loss team to get an at-large bid. The Commodores are a scary match up because of their long distance shooting, which ranks 15th nationally from 3. This is a real Sleeper.
I'll have more thoughts as the week progresses but this should be a fun next few weeks for sure. Get your brackets ready!