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Why You Should Pick an All No. 2 Seed Final Four

Mike CorasanitiContributor IIIMarch 19, 2013

Why You Should Pick an All No. 2 Seed Final Four

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    In any crazy NCAA men’s basketball season, it can seem downright impossible to pick a practical bracket, and this season just may have been the craziest yet.

    With the field all set and seeds all matched up, the easy way out for anyone filling out a bracket is to simply look at the higher seeds and pick for the favorites.

    But if the past few months of basketball have proven anything, it’s that a No. 1 seed this season means as much as the colors on a team’s uniforms.

    It may be the smarter route this year, just as it so happens, to look slightly down the rankings at the second seeds in each region of the bracket.

    While, obviously, none of the No. 1 seeds should be slept on even for a second, this year’s No. 2 seeds in Duke, Ohio State, Georgetown and Miami may easily be the best four teams in the entire field.

Duke

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    Record: 27-6

     

    Last Game: Lost to Maryland (ACC Tournament) 

     

    Final Four Potential

    There is a reason why Duke has averaged 78.3 points per game this season, and that is because it's an extremely deep and versatile team.

    The Blue Devils can beat a team in so many different ways, whether it’s through Ryan Kelley, Mason Plumlee or even Seth Curry leading the charge. 

    One reminder to the team that it went home early last year after a first-round loss to Lehigh should be enough motivation to not overlook anyone on its way to a deep tournament run.

     

    No. 1 Seed In Its Way

    Louisville (29-5) is looking like the best team in the entire 68-team field.  It is well balanced, experienced and rarely loses without putting up one heck of a fight (the team’s last loss came in five overtimes at Notre Dame on Feb. 9).

    If any No. 2 seed is going to have issues making the Final Four, it will be Duke and its inability to rebound consistently.

    When it comes time to play, these two will put on one of the best shows in the Elite Eight. But by the time they could see each other in the bracket, Duke’s tournament experience and countless ways of beating teams should give it the edge.

Ohio State

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    Record: 26-7

     

    Last Game: Beat Wisconsin (Big Ten Championship Game)

     

    Final Four Potential

    The Big Ten Conference is arguably the best conference in the country entering the NCAA Tournament, especially considering Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin and others who also made the field.

    If through nothing else, Ohio State proved its worth by besting them all for the Big Ten Tournament crown.

    Defense and junior Deshaun Thomas are the main reasons why the Buckeyes are here, and they are the reason they will have surprising ease reaching the Final Four.

    Whether or not Ohio State can find offensive support for Thomas from other players, though, will decide whether or not its run will end after an Elite Eight win.

     

    No. 1 Seed In Its Way

    It’s no secret that the West region is the softest region in the tournament and that Gonzaga (31-2) may be the most untested No. 1 seed of all time. 

    The Bulldogs may have blown out their West Coast Conference opponents all season with one of the most efficient offenses in the country.

    But losing two out of three of their games to ranked opponents this season does not bode well for a team that could very well be out of the Final Four discussion long before a potential Elite Eight matchup with the Buckeyes.

    If they make it to a matchup with Ohio State, the defense for the Buckeyes should have no problem handling Kelly Olynyk and the rest of the Gonzaga offense.

Georgetown

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    Record: 25-6

     

    Last Game: Lost to Syracuse (Big East Tournament)

     

    Final Four Potential

    Sophomore forward Otto Porter Jr. could be this year’s Most Outstanding Player when everything is all said and done, but it is his supporting cast that makes Georgetown so dangerous.

    With a lot of help on defense, the Hoyas have shown that they can play very good teams and let up very few points.

    A few bad losses mar Georgetown’s record this season, but some gritty wins (a 53-51 win over No. 5 Louisville on Jan. 26) and a few nice blowouts (two double-digit wins over Syracuse late in the regular season) really exemplify what this team can do.

     

    No. 1 Seed In Its Way

    With Ben McLemore leading the charge, Kansas (29-5) is scary for any team to have on their schedule. And with big man Jeff Withey playing down low, the Jayhawks are another team that gives up very few points.

    Considering that the Hoyas are not the most prolific scoring team in the country, a matchup between these two could be a very ugly, low-scoring affair.

    But Georgetown has shown this season that it loves winning ugly games and, considering how turnover-prone Kansas has been this year, the Jayhawks just may give the Hoyas the opportunity to win another one.

Miami (FL)

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    Record: 27-6

     

    Last Game: Beat North Carolina (ACC Championship Game)

     

    Final Four Potential

    Miami may be more fun to watch than any other team in the country. Not only does it play cohesive team basketball with the exciting play of sophomore guard Shane Larkin leading the way, it is also quite simply very good.

    The main knock against the Hurricanes has been at their inconsistencies and whether or not they may have peaked too early this season, knocking off No. 1 Duke by almost 30 points on Jan. 23.

    But if an impressive tournament run and win over North Carolina in the ACC Championship Game failed to silence any doubters, Miami’s opening weekend easily should. 

     

    No. 1 Seed In Its Way

    Junior guard Victor Oladipo can dismantle any defense for Indiana (27-6), and sophomore Cody Zeller could easily be the best player in the country.

    Nobody would choose to play the Hoosiers if they had the choice, but they have shown a few times this season that they can also be very, very vulnerable.

    Miami still has a lot to prove in the NCAA tournament, but the Hurricanes have taken hold of too many opportunities this season to count them out. Look for a shootout between Oladipo and Larkin, and a very close outcome for a spot in the Final Four.

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