Outside of a few exceptions, the NCAA tourney committee did a good job of seeding the
tourney. I would probably have put San Diego State in over Arizona, but since the Cats actually beat them in a head-to-head, plus they are more dangerous, I don’t have a big problem with the choice. While the Big East was hands down the best league in college b-ball, they did have a few shit squads that helped the top teams look even better. I think they will be a bit of a disappointment in the tourney, as they have a few overseeded teams. The 2 sleepers I have for the tourney are Purdue and Tennessee. They were highly ranked at the beginning of the year and I think are tough teams to prepare for during a tourney. When you play the Vols, you’ve got your hands full. Kind of like Bruce Pearl.
Below I rate the best and worst seed from 14 to 1 seed. I have no idea about the 15 and 16 seeds, so I can’t help you there.
Ranking the seeds.
14 seed Best: North Dakota State Worst: American
13 seed Best: Cleveland State Worst: Portland St. (Wake Forest is the highest seed who might….)
12 seed Best: Wisconsin Worst: Northern Iowa (only UNI is the only 12 seed with not chance.)
11 seed Best: VCU Worst: Temple (The 12 seeds are better as a group than the 11’s.)
10 seed Best: USC Worst: Minnesota (I actually think the 10 seed group is better than the 7’s.)
9 seed Best: Tennessee Worst: Siena
8 seed Best: Ohio St. Worst: LSU
7 seed Best: Texas Worst: Boston College (BC is the most overseeded team in the tourney.)
6 seed Best: West Virginia Worst: Marquette (In January, Marquette was the best, WV was not.)
5 seed Best: Purdue Worst: Illinois (Of the 5’s only Purdue should have been seeded this highly.)
4 seed Best: Xavier Worst: Wake Forest (Both Wake and Washington have a chance of losing.)
3 seed Best: Missouri Worst: Kansas (Surprise here? It’s about match-ups, as all 4 are about equal.)
2 seed Best: Duke Worst: Memphis (Not much diff here, but Memphis is hurt by playing in Conference USA.)
1 seed Best: North Carolina Worst: Pittsburgh (The Panthers have a poor tourney track record.)
I have North Carolina squeezing out a win versus Louisville in the Championship game. I have Duke winning the East and here’s my upset special, Purdue winning the West.
If this was a cheerleader tourney, Arizona State would be my number 1 seed. I mean who could forget this fucking masterpiece?
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