College basketball is often about matchups, both of personnel and styles of play.
Just as every coach and team salivates watching tape of some upcoming opponent, they dread the thought of having to play others.
Now, obviously, no one wants to play the Kentucky's, or the Syracuse's or the North Carolina's of this tournament—not unless they have an urgent wish to get back to campus.
What the headline is suggesting is the not-so-obvious teams who are, well, just a pain in the ass to have to play.
So, for our purposes, if you are a No. 1 through No. 4 seed (with the exception of Michigan since, hey, they were in the title!) we are simply going to assume no one is anxious to make your acquaintance. We'll also eliminate simple dark-horses or, to use everyone's favorite term-du-jour for the next couple of weeks, the "Cinderella's."
That doesn't mean one of these teams may not end up being deemed as such should they win a couple of games, but we're not using say, a Long Beach State, who may simply be better than the seeding they were given.
No, we're looking for those teams where coaches and maybe players said, "Ah, (fill in your favorite expletive)," when they heard they were a first-round opponent or saw them in their path in the brackets.
In half the cases, it's the coach and his style you don't want to play. In two more, it's the personnel.
And, in one instance, it's a combination of the two.
So, without further ado, I give you the "Dirty (Half) Dozen."