Villanova top seed in edgy Regional
While the Virginia Cavaliers can, with some justification, point to a loaded upper bracket of their South Regional, the Villanova Wildcats appear to have been handed an East Regional full of upset potential.
As a #1 and a #2 seed the combination of Villanova and Purdue could well be the strongest in the NCAA Tournament and, of all the Regionals, this is the one in which it makes the most sense for the top two seeds to proceed to the Elite Eight.
It's the rest of the bracket that is so fascinating, with not a single remaining higher seed particularly comfortable in the draw they received.
Texas Tech is somewhat inexplicably given the #3 seed and it's hard to see why.
Ranked a generous No. 14 in the latest Associated Press Top 25 Poll, the Red Raiders collapsed down the stretch losing five of their last seven to Baylor and Oklahoma State, neither of whom made the NCAA Tournament, to Kansas and to the West Virginia Mountaineers twice, once in the regular campaign and once in the Big 12 Tournament.
Texas Tech gets a potentially tough assignment against the Lumberjacks of Stephen F. Austin. This will no doubt be a 3vs14 that people look to as a potential bracket buster.
Meanwhile, #4 Wichita State is normally the darling underdog, but Marshall is tied for 10th in the nation in scoring and tied for 11th in 3-points attempted.
West Virginia is bizarrely the fifth seed, probably the most egregious mis-seeding by the committee who could have flip-flopped the Red Raiders and the Mountaineers without much complaint.
They get a useful Murray State team, #6 Florida will do well to get past either St. Bonaventure or UCLA, while Arkansas should have their hands full with #10 Butler.
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