Louisville earned the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA tournament, and as its reward, the Cardinals drew, by far, the toughest region of any top seed.
Duke is the No. 2 seed and looks to be back in early-season form with the return of Ryan Kelly. There was a legitimate argument that the Blue Devils should have been a No. 1 seed. Now, they are the most dangerous No. 2 seed in the tournament.
Michigan State and Tom Izzo are sitting on the No. 3-seed line. The Spartans have a neutral court win over Kansas, and Izzo’s pedigree in March Madness speaks for itself. He has taken Michigan State to six Final Fours, the last of which came in 2010.
Outside of the top three, No. 4-seed Saint Louis swept the Atlantic 10 regular season and conference tournament championships. Memphis, the No. 6 seed, did the same in Conference USA as did No. 7 seed Creighton in the Missouri Valley. Oregon is the No. 12 seed despite winning the Pac-12 tournament title.
Even Oklahoma State, the No. 5 seed in the region, is as talented as any team in the country. Freshman point guard Marcus Smart could be the top pick in June's NBA draft.