march madness round-up: hoosiers, louisville charge to no. 1 seeds; duke chokes away the east.

Victor Oladipo's 360-dunk was the exclamation point on Indiana's 80-64 win over Illinois in the B1G quarterfinals.

Victor Oladipo’s 360-dunk was the exclamation point on Indiana’s 80-64 win over Illinois in the B1G quarterfinals.

The NCAA Men’s Basketball National Championship Tournament Selection Committee is not so unlike a papal conclave. They meet behind closed doors and no one truly knows their process. But when they exit their respective conclaves, their decisions are met with great anticipation and fascination. And criticism.

With the power conferences still playing their postseason tournaments, one wonders how much (or how little) consequence a team’s performance will factor into their Big Dance™ chances.

Hoosiers Punch Their Ticket
Heading into the B1G’s conference tournament, the conventional wisdom was Indiana needed to win at least one game to lock down the No. 1 seed in the Midwest Region. The Hoosiers knocked off Illinois 80-64, so mission accomplished, right?

Duke Pukes On Itself, Heads South
Ahead of the ACC tournament, the Duke Blue Devils were being considered a consensus No. 1 team. And then they go and throw up all over themselves, losing to Maryland 83-74. According to ESPN’s Eamonn Brennan, that knocks Duke out of No. 1 in the East Region, The Blue Devils will still get a No. 1 seed, but their road to the Final Four now goes through Dallas in the South Region.

Cardinals Head East
So who gets that No. 1 seed in the East? Louisville. The Cardinals are playing for the final Big East tournament championship tomorrow and are, quite possibly the hottest team playing right now.

Bubble Wrapped (Alt. Headline: Commodore 64 Bursts Kentucky’s Bubble)
Seeded No. 2 in the SEC tournament, conventional wisdom stated Kentucky did enough to get off the bubble and into the Big Dance. And then they lost to Vanderbilt, 64-48. The defending champion (in name only, really) Wildcats finish the season 21-11 and 12-6 in a weak, watered down conference. My guess is they make the tournament as a No. 12 seed, but wouldn’t it be awesome if they were in a play-in game? Hey, a Hoosiers fan can hope, no?

Here’s my seeding breakdown, as of right now. No it’s not very scientific at all. I used my own system of hunches and superstitions.

No. 1 Seeds
Louisville — East
Indiana — Midwest
Duke — South
Gonzaga — West

No. 2 Seeds
Ohio State / Michigan State — East
Georgetown — Midwest
Miami — South
Kansas / Kansas State — West

No. 3 Seeds
Ohio State / Michigan State — East
St. Louis — Midwest
Syracuse — South
Kansas / Kansas State — West

No. 4 Seeds
Michigan — East
UCLA — Midwest
Memphis — South
Florida — West

Possible No. 4 Seeds
New Mexico
Wisconsin

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