In a weird way, I could see some UK fans almost rooting for Duke in a potential Sweet Sixteen matchup vs. Baylor/UNLV (if we get that far) in Atlanta. They think VERY little of Duke and want to destroy us. So, while they hate Duke, they may feel more confident going up against Duke and want to pummel us. But that may be delusional thinking on my part since I would never cheer for UNC to win in order to play us, for example, no matter how "weak" I perceived them to be....
A Newton has been pointing out, our bracket is crazy hard.
Here are the full rankings of all the teams... according to the NCAA committee.
Our region has: The top #1 seed, the second best #2 seed, the best #3 seed, the third best #4, the third best #5, the best #6, the best #7, the second best #8.
None of our region's teams are the lowest team on their seed line. 4 of our top 8 seeds are the best team on their seed line. The average should be 2.
Oh, and our #9 seed is the defending national champs who struggled this year but probably have one of the 5 most talented rosters in the nation.
I don't think there has ever been a region over-stacked like this. It is preposterous.
And the team that is punished the most... you guessed it. After playing our game against the #15 seed, in theory we would get the best #7, followed by the best #3, followed by the best #1. Talk about a gauntlet!!!
-Jason "of course, this only means our region will be full of upsets and all these stud teams won't advance very far " Evans
I'd say we should handle X especially since they will only have a day to implement a game plan against us. If Lyons has under 20, we should be fine and its also a game we can sneak Dre in for 20 minutes and won't be a huge defensive liability.
I guess the silver lining is these games are not at Cameron. We ARE good on the road....
-Jason "of course, all of this would carry a lot more weight if anyone actually believed the selcom knew what it was doing when it ranked the teams" Evans
Pleased to see we open in Greensboro on Friday. Couldn't ask for more than that in terms of rest, travel, familiarity, and fan access.
Tough region? No doubt, but we don't have to play them all, just the ones we run into.
All in all, we have a great chance to make a good run. And maybe a good chance to make a great run (FF and beyond).
I'm happy with our first weekend opponents. Lehigh is good for a #15, but they are still a huge underdog and we match up well with them. We match up really well with Notre Dame. Xavier can be dangerous, but they just haven't been the same since the Cincy game. They've gone just 13-11 since that game, with very few wins of any significance (probably the two wins over Dayton being their best).
I'm not thrilled with our second weekend possibilities if we make it that far. Likely either Baylor or UNLV in the Sweet 16, and if we get past that we're likely to face the #1 overall team. But, I'll worry about that if/when we get there. Gotta handle our business first.
And of course I'll watch and be crushed if we lose but I'm realistic. After the FSU game, many people were almost resigned to saying that us getting to the E8 or even S16 would be a successful year. They said that many of us should lower our expectations and in reality after the FSU/UNC game it was more about FSU being good than it was Duke being bad yesterday. But this Baylor team is just a match-up nightmare. So I'm told I need a wake up call with expectations, I get that and now someone pretty much accuses me of being a bandwagon of sorts.
I'd love see ND in 2nd rd: ND is a poor rebounding team, don't score a ton of points, and don't have overly quick guards.