Wow. Just wow. Some how the Duke Blue Devils have by far the easiest path to Indianapolis and the final four.
After a cake walk to the ACC championship, a No. 1 seed seemed likely for the Dukies. The consensus was they were the weakest one seed and could potentially fall to a two seed, getting bumped by Big East tournament champ West Virginia.
Duke ended up getting the third No. 1 over Syracuse. If you compare the overall body of work, the two were similar (Duke had more L's). The biggest difference was the fact that 'Cuse beat Georgetown twice, while Duke got spanked by the Hoyas.
A minor gripe that can be forgiven.
The problem lies in the teams placed in the South region alongside the Blue Devils.
Villanova, the two seed, lost five of it's last seven games. Typically the strongest two seeds are paired with the weakest one seed. In this case West Virginia was the strongest followed by Ohio State. Yet the committee inexplicably put OSU in Kansas' bracket and WVU in Kentucky's.
Another head scratcher, but the gift wrapped bracket for Duke gets even better.
The three seeded Baylor Bears have lost to the likes of Alabama and Colorado and don't exactly strike fear into the top tier teams. This is especially the case when you compare Baylor to legit three seed threat's Georgetown and Pittsburgh.
Four seeded Purdue is a shell of it's self due to the torn ACL of star Robbie Hummel. They were last seen barely squeaking out a win over Northwestern and getting hammered by 27 to Minnesota. Considering Maryland, Vanderbilt, and Wisconsin were the other four's—Purdue is clearly the weakest. Oh and Duke lost to the Terps and the Badgers.
Texas A&M is slotted as the fifth seed. Another stretch that just so happens to be in the Blue Devil's region. Michigan St, Temple and Butler all have better resumes as the other five seeds.
One of the biggest surprises of the entire tournament is Notre Dame getting a six seed. A perennial bubble team up until last week, now they are a six seed?
The Richmond Spiders are properly ranked as a seven seed, no qualms with that, but California isn't worthy of an eight seed. Their lack of quality wins is a joke.
Going over the top eight teams in the south region, every single one of them is over-seeded with the exception of Richmond. How is this fair?
Kansas and Kentucky should be the teams rewarded because they were the top two teams this year. Yet Kansas must go through the gantlet of OSU, G-town, MD, and MSU. Kentucky must potentially beat the best No. 2 in WVU.
Why did Duke get such preferential treatment?
The Dukies havn't beaten a team seeded better than fifth in the nine years since their last championship. This team was prime for an upset in a stronger bracket.
But alas, the cupcake South is set up very nicely for Duke. Needless to say, I am strongly considering a Louisville upset in round two.