Who's No. 1? Who's In? Who's Out? After Selection Sunday
Louisville, Pittsburgh, North Carolina, and Connecticut are the number ones for 2009's NCAA Tournament with Louisville being the overall number one seed in the tournament. Notable teams missing out on a No. 1 seeding were Michigan State, Memphis, Duke, and Oklahoma.
In the Midwest Region, Louisville will take on the winner of the play-in game and the eventual 16 seed, which slates Alabama State vs. Morehead State.
The Ohio State Buckeyes at No. 8 will play Siena, who is ranked No. 9.
The Utah Utes at No. 5 take on Arizona at twelve. Arizona's invitation extended the longest active streak of making the NCAA Tournament by any team, with this year being their twenty-fifth straight.
Wake Forest at four, will play Cleveland State at thirteen. The West Virginia Mountaineers at six take on Dayton, the Midwest Region's number eleven seed.
In a game that breaks my heart, my second favorite NCAA team, the third-ranked Kansas Jayhawks, will play my favorite NCAA team, the Summit League Champions and the fourteenth-ranked North Dakota State University Bison.
Boston College at No. 7 will play the University of Southern California, at No. 10. Michigan State at No. 2, will play Robert Morris at number fifteen.
In the West Region, the top-ranked Connecticut Huskies will play Chattanooga, who is ranked 16th. The eighth-seeded Brigham Young University will play Texas A&M at No. 9.
The Purdue Boilermakers at No. 5, will play the twelfth-ranked Panthers of Northern Iowa. Washington at No. 4, will play Mississippi State at No. 13.
Marquette at No. 6, will play eleventh-ranked Utah State. Missouri at number three, will play fourteenth-ranked Cornell. The seventh-ranked California Golden Bears, will play the tenth-ranked Terrapins of Maryland.
The owners of a sixty-one game winning streak in Conference-USA play and a No. 2 seeding in the West Region, the Memphis Tigers will play the 15th-ranked Matadors of Cal State Northridge.
In the East Region, the top-ranked Pitt Panthers will play East Tennessee State at sixteen. The eight/nine match-up in the East Region has Oklahoma State playing Tennessee.
Florida State, the fifth-ranked Atlantic Coastal Conference runners-up, will play the twelfth-ranked Wisconsin Badgers. A No. 4 Xavier team will play a thirteenth-ranked Portland State team.
The University of California at Los Angeles Bruins hold the sixth-seed in the East and will take on an eleventh-ranked Virginia Commonwealth team.
The three-seed Villanova, will play the fourteenth-ranked Patriot League Champions, in American. The seventh-ranked Texas Longhorns will play Tubby Smith's tenth-ranked Minnesota Golden Gophers.
The seventeen-time Atlantic Coastal Conference Champions and second-ranked Duke Blue Devils, will play the fifteenth-ranked Binghamton Bearcats, who are first-time dancers and ESPN analyst Tony Kornheiser's Alma-mater.
In the South Region, one-seeded North Carolina will play sixteenth-seeded Radford. The Number eight team, Louisiana State University squares off against No. 9 Butler.
The fifth-ranked Fighting Illini of Illinois, will play twelfth-ranked Western Kentucky. The Gonzaga Bulldogs at number four, will take on number thirteen Akron. The South Region's sixth ranked Sun Devils of Arizona State will play Temple at number eleven.
Six-overtime Syracuse, at No. 3, will play fourteenth-ranked Stephen F. Austin of the Southland Conference.
The No. 7 Clemson Tigers, will play the tenth-ranked Michigan Wolverines. Blake Griffin's second-ranked Oklahoma Sooners will play the fifteenth-ranked Morgan State Bears.
So there you have it. The Field of Sixty-five is set.
What do you think? What are your thoughts? Did the Selection Committee make the right decisions? Did the deserving teams get the number one seeds? Were the right bubble teams invited? Or turned away? Who's your Cinderella? Any lock's for the Final Four?
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Let The Madness Begin!!!
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