NCAA Tournament Musings

As is always the case, the NCAA Basketball Selection Committee did some things that are sort of amusing and others that are confounding when it comes to this year's tournament seeding.


The No. 4 seeds better watch out ---- You know how the 5/12 game turned out to be the most common place to find a first round upset? Well this year keep an eye on the 4/13 games. I think all four No. 4 seeds have the potential to be sent home early. Kentucky will have to show more maturity than usual when it goes up against Princeton. Texas faces an Oakland team that beat Tennessee in Knoxville and scores a ton of points. Another high scoring team is Belmont, which will play the ultimate clash-in-styles game against Wisconsin. Finally, Morehead State and superstar Kenneth Faried will be thrilled to have a shot at in-state opponent Louisville. Faried is the nations all time top rebounder and his 17.6/14.5 combo is impressive.

Why play the games? ---- That's the question Alabama has to be asking after Georgia, a team it beat twice in the last 10 days, get in as a No. 10 seed while the Crimson Tide got left out altogether. Granted, Anthony Grant's team had virtually nothing on the resume in terms of non-conference play, but he won more games against SEC East teams than the Bulldogs did.

Gators over seeded? ---- That actually sounds like a promo for Scott's that I may have to read on a telecast, but virtually every bracket analysis I've seen takes that position. Florida did have an impressive collection of non-conference wins to go with an SEC regular season title, but it's hard to see how the Gators rate a No. 2 seed when Kentucky is sitting at No. 4. Kentucky will take an RPI ranking of No. 7 into the big dance while the Gators are No. 10.

Déjà vu in Tampa ---- The only other time the Gators were a No. 2 seed they were also sent to Tampa and also had a possible second round game with Michigan State staring at them. Many felt that team was "over seeded" too and Florida was clobbered by the Spartans 68-46 giving the Gators a third straight exit in the first weekend of play. To be fair, the Gators were not healthy heading into that weekend with Matt Bonner suffering from plantar fasciitis.

So much for being the No. 1 No. 1 ---- Ohio State seems to have gotten a really difficult draw for being the top team in the country. The Buckeyes have plenty of talented competition in the East Regional with North Carolina, Syracuse, Kentucky and West Virginia as seeds 2-thru-5.

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