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2013 NCAA Tournament Bracket South Region Instant Analysis

Mar 17, 2013, 6:18 PM EST

APTOPIX B12 Kansas St Kansas Basketball

Kansas earned the second No. 1 seed, getting slotted in the South Region. The Jayhawks, who won a share of the Big 12 regular season title and blew out Kansas State in the Big 12 tournament final, gets Western Kentucky in the opening round.

But that’s not the interesting matchup.

If the Jayhawks win, they have a potential matchup with North Carolina — the No. 8 seed — and old coach Roy Williams in the round of 32 if the Tar Heels can get by Villanova. Oh, and we also get

Georgetown earned the No. 2 seed in the south, earning an opening round matchup with a Florida-Gulf Coast team that owns a win over Miami this season. A win, and the Hoyas will get the winner of San Diego State and Oklahoma. Florida earned a No. 3 seed in the South despite losing to Ole Miss in the SEC title game this afternoon.

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Michigan earned the No. 4 seed, getting the honor of taking on South Dakota State in the first round, giving us a delightful matchup of Trey Burke and Nate Wolters, arguably the two best point guards in the country. The Jackrabbits might be able to pull off that upset, but don’t bet on the No. 12 seed winning in the south; Akron lost their starting point guard and will get an opening round matchup with VCU’s Havoc. Nightmare.

The most interesting matchup in the opening round of the South Region? No. 6 UCLA and No. 11 Minnesota. Not only did the Bruins lose Jordan Adams, but they don’t have much size and struggle with athletic teams. The Gophers dominate the offensive glass and have as much athleticism as anyone in the country. Which Minnesota team shows up? The one that beat Indiana or the one that lost 11 of their last 16 games?

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  1. chrisco716 - Mar 17, 2013 at 7:32 PM

    The last time UNC was an 8 seed? 2000. They were a team that was just starting to peak entering the Big Dance after going 18-13. They had some ballers… Brendan Haywood, Ed Cota, Joseph Forte, Jason Capel… and a couple of football players Ronald Curry and a “power” forward named Julius Peppers. They beat #1 seed Stanford in the 2nd round eventually losing to Florida in the final 4. This year’s team just beginning to peak. Reggie Bullock was an uncharacteristic 3-14 in a close ACC tourney championship game otherwise they might have beat Miami who should have been a 1 seed. Normally both Bullock and Hairston are on… and McDonald and Paige can also shoot lights out. When UNC’s hot they’re hot. Could this be a repeat?

  2. manchestermiracle - Mar 17, 2013 at 8:53 PM

    UCLA wins the PAC12, beat Arizona all three times they played them, and is rewarded by the NCAA with a #6 seed in the South bracket while Arizona gets a #6 seed in the West. Remind me again what the point is in winning your conference?

  3. gusolie - Mar 17, 2013 at 9:25 PM

    Please, a seed means only so much, manchestermiracle.

    Big deal, the Bruins wins the Pac12. Comparatively to other conferences, namely the BigTen, Bruins’ schedule and conference is “pussy.”

    • manchestermiracle - Mar 18, 2013 at 10:31 AM

      I’ll defer to your obvious expertise in knowledge of wimps (I don’t insult women when trying to be snarky), but you conveniently missed my point: I wasn’t talking about any other conference besides the PAC12 and was simply pointing out that Arizona got a milk-run stay-at-home reward of the West bracket, while UCLA got shipped off to the South. The comparison was quite simple: Arizona loses three times to UCLA and gets to stay in the West and the conference tournament champion has to go to the South, and to add insult to injury they end up with the exact same seed in their respective regions.

      Chances are very good that no PAC12 team makes it past the second round. Yes, the Big 10 is pretty good. So? How about next time you want to call a team and conference names, and dismiss a fact, you actually try to address the point instead of making an irrelevant comparison? I won’t hold my breath.

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