March Madness

The No. 1 seeds are Louisville (Midwest), Pittsburgh (East), North Carolina (South) and Connecticut (West). The Midwest region winner will play the West region winner and the East region winner will play the South region winner in the Final Four semis.

Talk about it here.

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    So disorienting (5.00 / 1) (#3)
    by oldpro on Sun Mar 15, 2009 at 06:06:32 PM EST
    to see 'the west' represented by........Connecticut.

    Glad I don't teach geography!

    wow (none / 0) (#4)
    by andgarden on Sun Mar 15, 2009 at 06:08:53 PM EST
    That is very, very, strange.

    Nah, it happens all the time (none / 0) (#6)
    by Democratic Cat on Sun Mar 15, 2009 at 06:15:35 PM EST
    If I recall correctly, in the 1980s they sent Georgetown to the West in many years because the East #1 seed was always UNC or Duke. There just aren't that many good teams west of the Rockies, certainly no one playing up to the caliber of the four #1 seeds.

    Best (none / 0) (#17)
    by cal1942 on Mon Mar 16, 2009 at 02:01:47 AM EST
    to just ignore the oddities.

    But it does get stranger.  Some first round games in the East regional are being played in Boise along with some first round games in the West regional.


    More disorienting for UConn (none / 0) (#14)
    by Cream City on Sun Mar 15, 2009 at 10:53:58 PM EST
    to have to fly to Idaho, is it?  That's where two of my almae mater are playing in the first round -- and no, I never went to college west of the Mississippi River.  

    Both of my schools are in the Midwest yet playing in the NCAA's West, too.  But we're not complaining . . . because neither will get out of Idaho alive and survive past the first round, anyway.  So it's just for the fun of it -- that is, if spending spring break on the beaches of Idaho meets anyone's definition of fun. :-)


    I'm guessing (none / 0) (#16)
    by cal1942 on Mon Mar 16, 2009 at 01:56:40 AM EST
    Marquette in the  West regional playing the first round in Boise and Wisconsin in the East regional also playing the first round in Boise.

    Don't sell either short.  They may both come out of Boise intact.  Wisconsin appears to have the toughest assignment of the two but no one is unbeatable and remember that Florida State lost to Northwestern in December.

    First round East regional in Boise is past wierd.


    sec champs (5.00 / 1) (#5)
    by english teacher on Sun Mar 15, 2009 at 06:15:00 PM EST
    great day to be a bulldog!

    Can't really argue with the 1 seeds... (none / 0) (#1)
    by jeffinalabama on Sun Mar 15, 2009 at 05:47:37 PM EST
    Memphis might have deserved one, though.

    I guess it's up to Auburn and UF to (none / 0) (#2)
    by jeffinalabama on Sun Mar 15, 2009 at 06:00:45 PM EST
    finish 1-2 in the NIT...

    what do you think, BTD?

    Was hoping to make the big show (none / 0) (#7)
    by AUJason on Sun Mar 15, 2009 at 06:28:53 PM EST
    especially how Auburn played down the stretch but life goes on. Am proud of how they played now will see what the NIT brings.

    Very excited this year (none / 0) (#8)
    by Dalton Hoffine on Sun Mar 15, 2009 at 06:44:21 PM EST
    I think Wake Forest deserved a 3 seed, and I think that perhaps Memphis and UCONN should've been switched as 1/2. I also would've taken out Wisconsin and Arizona and put in San Diego St. and St. Mary's instead, but overall, I think the tournament committee did a really good job.

    My final 4:

    2 seed Michigan State, 4 seed Villanova, 1 seed UCONN, and 1 seed North Carolina.

    I've got Oklahoma State making the Elite 8, and Wake Forest as well...

    We shall see how things go. :3 Should be an exciting tournament.

    so Michigan is in? (none / 0) (#9)
    by oculus on Sun Mar 15, 2009 at 07:10:55 PM EST
    Print is so tiny on this Blackberry.

    It's true (5.00 / 2) (#11)
    by Steve M on Sun Mar 15, 2009 at 09:39:36 PM EST
    first time in 10 years!  I shall be rooting for the Wolverines, and all the Big Ten teams.

    That's really, really big of you. (none / 0) (#12)
    by oculus on Sun Mar 15, 2009 at 09:44:19 PM EST
    I'll try to be just as generous of heart.  Looks like lots of Big 10 (11) teams.

    Spartans (none / 0) (#15)
    by cal1942 on Mon Mar 16, 2009 at 01:34:45 AM EST
    need to find an offense.  Somehow.

    Memphis (none / 0) (#10)
    by lynnerkat on Sun Mar 15, 2009 at 08:42:03 PM EST
    wuz robbed!

    My interest (none / 0) (#13)
    by CoralGables on Sun Mar 15, 2009 at 10:50:21 PM EST
    will be with the Cinderella Bisons. Number 14 seed North Dakota State will have my rooting interests as long as they survive. And what an upset it will be if they can take down the Jayhawks.