Which No. 1 seed has the easiest path to the Final Four? Who got a surprisingly low rating from the committee, or got left out of the tournament altogether? Which region is full of landmines? And when will we see the first mid-major take down a traditional basketball power?
Now that the 2017 bracket is finally locked in, it’s time to review the whole thing. We’ll talk to Miami head coach Jim Larra?aga, Seton Hall head coach Kevin Willard, and Princeton head coach Mitch Henderson. We’ll also check in with a variety of SB Nation experts, including college basketball editor Ricky O’Donnell and internet strongman Jon Bois. We’ll have opinions that will probably turn out to be wildly wrong, because that’s what shows like this are for.
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Because they never do. The committee has admitted as much in the past.
I’m not talking about the championship games in one-bid leagues, of course, but the Big Ten, the SEC, the AAC and the Atlantic 10? Your seeds are already set (yes, even you, Rhode Island). You’re playing for a trophy and an addition to your media guides.
A year ago, Kentucky and Texas A&M squared off on Selection Sunday in an SEC championship game featuring two teams with very similar resumes. The Wildcats won and hours later saw themselves pop up as a No. 4 seed, a full line below the third-seeded Aggies. John Calipari was shocked and outraged and even spent part of his summer ranting about the ridiculousness of the situation.
The reality is that Calipari, and all of us, should have seen it coming. Why? Because pretty much the same thing happened a year earlier to the Wildcats, and the committee admitted it.