Florida, Arizona, Wichita State and Virginia all grab number 1 seeds in the 2014 Big Dance.
Yesterday was selection Sunday meaning the field of 68 is set and March Madness starts tomorrow with 3 out bracket games.
In the south bracket, the Florida gators are the number seed and Kansas is the number 2. Florida finished the season at 32-2 and was the overall number 1. They almost lost the SEC tournament championship last night, however, beating Kentucky only 61-60. People who go by BPI rankings are hot on Florida, but I’m not so sure.
Arizona is the 1 seed in the West Region, which is somewhat surprising since they lost in the Pac 12 tournament finals 75-71 to UCLA who is now a 4 seed with their conference win. The 2 seed in the west is Wisconsin, a very strong offensive team who beat Virginia and Florida early in the season.
The shockers of Wichita State earned the number 1 seed in the Midwest. They went a perfect 34-0 in the regular season and won the Missouri Valley Conference. They’ve gotten flack all season because their schedule was relatively soft and they played no ranked teams, but I’ve got to say I like Wichita State. Yes they had an easy schedule but they dominated every opponent they faced. On offense, the shockers are led by sophomore Ron Baker who is an excellent 3 point shooter, and senior forward Cleanthony Early who averages over 15 a game. Keep in mind also, that Wichita State made it to the final 4 last year as a 9 seed and returned 4 of their starters so don’t be fooled by the low difficulty of their schedule. The 2 seed in the Midwest is Michigan who lost to Michigan State last night so I think the shockers will get to the final 4.
The final number 1 seed is Virginia who claimed the coveted spot with a win over Duke yesterday to win the ACC tournament and regular season titles. The 2 seed in that bracket is Villanova who took an early exit from the Big East tournament, and forfeited a number 1 spot what many thought was theirs.
Representing the Ivy League, Harvard is a 12 seed which is great for an ivy. The Crimson was a 14 last year and beat New Mexico in the first round, so look for Harvard as a possible 12-5 upset. They play the Cincinnati bearcats, so I like that matchup for the Crimson.
Tomorrow the tournament officially starts with the out bracket games, and Thursday through Sunday the first 2 games will determine who makes it to the sweet 16.
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