NCAA Tourney: Are # 1 seeds headed to Detroit?

The NCAA tournament will officially begin on Tuesday when Alabama State and Morehead State face-off in the play in game. The winner will earn a trip to Dayton, Ohio to face overall top seed Louisville in the Midwest bracket on Friday, some prize. North Carolina will join 3 Big East teams at the top of the bracket, Louisville, Pittsburgh and UCONN. All four teams have been dominate throughout the course of the season and were justly rewarded, but will they all meet in Detroit for the Final Four? It’s possible, but not likely. Let’s see how they measure up.

Louisville Cardinals, 28-5: The Midwest Region top seed finished the season stronger than any other top seed, they also are the only #1 seed that won its conference tournament, which is why they were chosen the top overall seed. Louisville won its last 10 games and are on a roll. The Rick Pitino led Cardinals play tenacious defense and have multiple weapons on the offensive end. With a healthy squad and senior swing man Terrence Williams leading the way, the Cardinals could potentially make a run to the Final Four

Toughest potential match-up: If Wake Forest advances they could face Louisville in the Sweet Sixteen. The former #1 team in the country can beat anyone on any given night.

Pittsburgh Panthers, 28-4: Pitt finished 2nd in the the Big East(15-3) and spent part of the season at number. Not only was Pitt ranked #1 during the season but defeated UCONN twice when the Huskies owned the top spot. The Panthers are probably the toughest team in the country and have stellar players in the paint and on the perimeter. Blair, Young and Fields are going to be a handful for any team in the East Regional to handle and are my favorite to win the national title.

Toughest potential match-up:
Big East foe, Villanova beat Pitt in the teams’ only match-up and its up tempo style can potentially give the Panthers a stern test. Villanova is the #3 seed in the East Regional.

North Carolina Tar Heels, 28-4: The Tarheels are the top seed in the South Regional and will play games in Greensboro, North Carolina. It’s simple for North Carolina, if Ty Lawson is healthy, the Tar Heels can win it all, if he’s not, they don’t have a chance. North Carolina won the ACC’s regular season championship, but lost in the semis of the conference tourney the Florida State, Ty Lawson did not play. Carolina’s biggest challenge will be on the defensive end, clearly they outscore just about any team in the country, but sometimes give up easy baskets.

Toughest potential match-up:
In my opinion, the Tar Heels have the toughest road to the Final Four. Oklahoma, Syracuse and Gonzaga are all in their region and are formidable opponents.

Connecticut Huskies, 27-4:
The Huskies are the top seed in the West and perhaps would have been better served as a 2 seed. The Huskies ended the season without starting guard Jerome Dyson and are noticeably weaker with him out of the line up. The Memphis Tigers(31-3) are the best team in this region and will likely meet the Huskies in the Elite 8. Big East co-player of the year, Haseem Thabeet has to raise his game and be a stable force in the middle if the team has a chance to go to Detroit.

Toughest potential match-up:
Memphis is the best 2 seed in the tournament and could have been a 1 seed. Evans, Dozier and the gang have a chip on their shoulder and UCONN may be a casualty of their wrath.
Who will make it to Detroit? Only time will tell if the #1’s are legit.

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