UCLA in the West, UNC in the East, Memphis in the South and Kansas in the Midwest…all #1 seeds, with UNC being the #1 seed overall.
Subsequently, while the Committee claims it doesn’t create interesting match-ups (they just happen, they say), the fourth rated #1 is Kansas which sets up a Roy Williams v. Jayhawks game if both advance far enough.
The Tar Heels region also includes what may be the toughest #2 seed in Tennessee which was projected as a #1 until they were upset in the SEC semis. Also in the East is Rick Pitino and the Louisville Cardinals.
We thought the Committee would put Georgetown in Carolina’s bracket, especially if they came in as a #2 seed, in an effort to recreate last year’s Elite 8 instant classic. But, Pitt’s victory over the Hoyas in the Big East final put the kibosh on that plan. The NCAA did keep George Mason at home in the East with the Tar Heels. The Patriots upset UNC two years ago during their improbable march to the Final Four.
TOP: Robin Lopez #42 and Brook Lopez #11 of the Stanford Cardinal fight for possession of the ball with Kevin Love #42 and James Keefe #13 of the UCLA Bruins during the championship game of the 2008 Pacific Life Pac-10 Men's Basketball Tournament. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
MIDDLE: Head coach Roy Williams of the North Carolina Tar Heels kneels in front of his bench against the Clemson Tigers during the final of the 2008 Men's ACC Basketball Tournament at Bobcats Arena on March 16, 2008 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)ABOVE: Antonio Anderson, Andre Allen, Shawn Taggart and Derrick Rose of the Memphis Tigers pose for a photo after winning their 3rd consecutive CUSA tournament against the Tulsa Golden Hurricane during the finals of the Conference USA Basketball Tournament at FedExForum on March 15, 2008 in Memphis, Tennessee. Memphis beat Tulsa 77-51. (Photo by Joe Murphy/Getty Images)
LEFT: Brandon Rush #25 of the Kansas Jayhawks shoots over D.J. Augustin #14 of the Texas Longhorns during the Big 12 Men's Basketball Tournament Finals on March 16, 2008 at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)