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Here are my quick reactions to the men's NCAA Tournament bracket that was released a short time ago.
I have to start with the Midwest Region, the without-a-doubt best region in the tourney.
Locally speaking, both Louisville and Kentucky got the shaft by the tournament selection committee. Both should be probably two seed numbers higher than they are (i.e. the Cardinals should probably be a 2 and the Wildats should be no worse than a 6).
The Selection Committee did give undefeated Wichita State a No. 1 seed (which it deserved), but the Shockers definitely have the most difficult path to the Final Four. They could potentially play Kentucky (the preseason No. 1), Louisville (the defending national champ) and Duke (the team with arguably the best freshman in the country), or Michigan (last year's national runner-up) - four of the most storied programs in the history of college basketball - to advance to Arlington. I don't like the Shockers' chances. If they can beat UK, which is a big IF, then they'd likely get UofL in the Round of 16, where Rick Pitino is unbeaten and the Cards would be playing in Louisville North (i.e. Indianapolis).
But if Wichita State can't get past Kentucky, then we'd probably have a UK-UofL game in the Round of 16...wow! Before the season started many figured that could be a national championship game, but who would've ever predicted that the Cats and Cards could meet on a Thursday or Friday in the second week of the tourney?
The bottom half of the bracket looks like