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Though the Midwest region was the first one revealed on the CBS Selection Show, it was immediately apparent that it was going to be the most difficult region to predict.
The thing is, the committee goes through a process to allegedly avoid these exact situations. The committee ranks the top 16 teams from No. 1 to No. 16 and then assigns that value to each team. They then place the 16 teams into the regions as geographically convenient as possible.
After that, they're supposed to sum up the values of the four teams in each region and compare them against each other. If the strongest region is more than five points away from the weakest region, they make some changes.
Are you with me so far?
Well, based on my power rankings (which we can safely assume the committee did not consult), the Midwest region scores a 30 while the East region scores a 42...seriously, how did Marquette get a No. 3 seed?
An average score should be a 34. The only things we know for sure at the moment are that Louisville received a 1 and Saint Louis received either a 15 or 16. That means Duke and Michigan State combined for somewhere in the vicinity of 18 points. Was Duke really that low of a No. 2 seed?
Either way, best of luck picking the first few rounds of that region, and all regions for that matter.