NCAA Tournament Bracket: Ohio State Secures the Top Overall Seed
Ohio State Is The Top Seed In The NCAA Tournament
In a completely shocking, unexpected turn of events (yes, that's sarcasm) Ohio State has earned the No. 1 overall seed in the 2011 NCAA Tournament. They secured their position by defeating Penn State, 71-60, in the Big Ten championship game Sunday evening.
The Buckeyes finished the regular season 32-2 (16-2 in conference play). In addition to winning the conference tournament, they won the regular season Big Ten championship. They went undefeated at home (20-0). They ranked second in the country in RPI, behind fellow No. 1 seed Kansas.
Joining Ohio State and Kansas as No. 1 seeds are Pittsburgh and Notre Dame.
Pittsburgh was able to hold on to a one-seed despite losing in the quarterfinals of the Big East tournament to Kemba Walker and Connecticut.
Duke jumped back up to a one-seed with their performance in the ACC tournament, particularly their dominant showing against North Carolina on Sunday afternoon.
In a surprising move, Notre Dame was left off the one line despite winning at Pittsburgh in February. The committee apparently gave more weight to Pitt winning the regular season Big East championship than the head-to-head meeting against the Irish.
Duke is probably the weakest of the one-seeds, unless Kyrie Irving comes back. They are too reliant on their outside shooting that one bad three-point shooting game and they are done.
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