Rubbing The Rock NCAA Tournament Bracket Challenge

Rubbing The Rock NCAA Tournament Bracket Challenge

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One year in my young days in the business world, I was invited to attend a "draft" with a "syndicate" to "purchase" teams that we would follow throughout March Madness.

I don't care what your favorite sport is, if you have any interest in sport, you can't compare the NCAA men's basketball tournament - aka "March Madness" - to anything else you can find in sports.

SB Nation bracketologist Chris Dobberteanweighed in this morning with his semi-final thoughts on the bracket, with the hot debate at the moment centered around Duke, which stormed its way through the ACC tournament.

The First Four will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday with the first round beginning on Thursday and Friday. Last season, Boeheim said the Orange earned a No. 10 seed because of five Top 50 wins, two of which came on a neutral court in the Bahamas against Texas A&M and CT. It's a bit surprising that UNC hung on to a No. 1 after losing twice to Duke, but it probably suggests the selection committee loved the Heels all along.

Last year, only 11 of 31 top seeds won their conference tournaments. Since 1999, there have been eight or more teams from a league 13 times.

Although Clemson will not make the NCAA tournament this year, the ACC will be well represented as North Carolina and Duke are projected to earn one and two seeds respectively.

The Blue Devils (27-8, 11-7) won four games in four days in NY, including victories against Louisville, North Carolina and Notre Dame. The Blue Devils look like a No. 2 or a No. 3.

North Carolina isn't the defending champion and didn't win the ACC, but that doesn't mean they aren't one of the most unsafe teams in the tournament.

Carolina is 27-7 overall after falling in the ACC Tournament semifinals, but the Tar Heels were outright ACC regular season champions, winning the league by two games.

"We're in the best conference in the country, and it really prepares you for anything you're going to see in the NCAA Tournament", Orange coach Quentin Hillsman said.

If Duke nabs that final No. 1, Pac-12 tourney champ Arizona at 30-4 could then be the No. 2 seed in the West.

Georgetown and STJ were the eighth and ninth best teams in the Big East. Syracuse lost to both AT HOME.

Seven teams are virtual locks to make the field of 64, which will be revealed Monday night.

  • Terrell Bush