0. That is the number of times that the number one seed has lost to a number 16 seed. That number is also why these top seeds are so talked about. Most of the time it is an easier road to the final four when you are a number 1. The teams usually get to play as close to their school as possible, giving them an extra advantage, because their fans can make it seem like Bloomington, Spokane, Lawrence, or Durham. These seeds can mean a lot, and with these the programs have the best chance, at the ultimate goal, the National Championship.
1 East: Indiana has been said to be the best team in college at different points through out the season, but the hype around them being the best has died down since last weeks’ loss to Minnesota and this Tuesday’s loss to Ohio State. Even though they lost those games, I still think with Victor Oladipo playing the way he has been down the stretch, they are set up for a deep tournament run. This Indiana team is absolutely amazing on the offensive side of the ball; they convert nearly half of the shots they take. They are also 2nd in the nation in points per game this season. Their next game at Michigan will be really tough, but if they win that game they should be a lock for a number one seed. I don’t think that it matters what they do in the Big Ten tournament, because of all of the quality wins that they have gotten in their conference, this season.
1 West: Gonzaga has only lost twice this year when every other team has lost at least 2 more games. Just seeing the records and not the conferences or names of the teams, you would think they would definitely be the overall number one seed, but the Zags play in the WCC. Unless Gonzaga losses in their conference tournament, I think they are a lock for a number one seed just based on their record. Even though they have played amazing this season, and they haven’t lost since mid-January, they haven’t played quality tournament teams since mid-January. I honestly think that this could be the first ever number 1 seed to go down to a 16 seed in the modern tournament era. I believe that this team is very much overrated, and will lose early in the NCAA tournament.
1 Midwest: Kansas at one point in the season hadn’t lost for 18 games straight, and then they lost 3 games in a row. The real question for the selection committee is, will we see the Kansas team of the 18 game win streak or the 3 game loss streak. With the way these Jayhawks have been playing since the Oklahoma loss, I believe we will see the disciplined, Bill Self-esc KU teams that we are used to seeing come March. I think that if they can keep the errant passes leading to turnovers and stupid shots down, they can make a deep run in this years tournament. The biggest thing in my mind that separates them from the pack is their balance between both sides of the ball. They have the presence inside on defense, of Jeff Withey and the great perimeter defender in Travis Releford, and they have the huge offensive threat of Ben McLemore. The Jayhawks seem to be oozing confidence right now, and if it means anything, after the Monday’s game against Texas Tech, Travis Releford, while signing autographs, answered my question of “You guys gonna bring the title back to Lawrence?” with “Of course, man.” The Hawks are peaking at the right time and I think that they will win the Big 12 and make a deep NCAA run.
1 South: Duke remained at number 3 in the nation, even though they lost to Virginia last week, because they defeated #5 Miami on Saturday on the back of Ryan Kelly. I think that this Duke team, with Ryan Kelly back, will win the ACC tournament, and just like the Jayhawks they are peaking at the right time. Although the Blue Devils now have their Senior and their leader back with Kelly, they have been upset 4 times this season and when the are off, they don’t win ugly, they don’t fight back, they lay down and get crushed. The difference between a good team and a great team is if they can still win even if they aren’t playing their best, or if they can over come adversity. We all know there is a lot of adversity in the NCAA Tournament, and we will have to find out if Duke can fight through it or not.
In my opinion these should be the number 1 seeds in the NCAA tournament. What do you think?
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