While you are writing Syracuse into the second round without even a second thought, remember this: The last time the Orange played Vermont in the NCAA tournament, the Catamounts won. That was five years ago in Worcester, Mass. Then again, if Dean Smith were here, he would say Syracuse has a huge psychological advantage because of that game.
Click here for the rest of the West analysis: In Salt Lake, BYU could hold court vs. Orange
Let's start with the matchup that disproves any selection committee's claims of even-handedness: Temple-Cornell. Both teams are under-seeded: Vanderbilt a fourth seed out of the SEC? Oh, please. And Cornell just a No. 12? Ridiculous. The Big Red played a tougher nonconference schedule than almost anyone in the country. Two of their four losses were at Syracuse and at Kansas. Whom exactly did California, a No. 8 seed, beat? The Bears couldn't even win their conference tournament in a miserable Pacific-10.
Click here for the rest of the East analysis: Despite some strange seeding in the East, it's Kentucky's region to lose
For all the TV blather about Duke getting the third overall seed in the tournament over Syracuse, who cares? If you're a No. 1 seed, you're a No. 1 seed. That said, committee chairman Dan Guerrero added to the nonsense by saying, "Well, Syracuse is still playing close to home" in the first two rounds in Buffalo. Syracuse was going to Buffalo regardless and couldn't have played in the East Region final because those games will be in . . . Syracuse. So what's the difference between playing in Houston and playing in Salt Lake?
Click here for the rest of the South analysis: Duke's drought may end, but watch the Big 12 duo
A lot of people seem to think that Kansas has a cakewalk to Indianapolis through this region. Not so.
There are at least four teams that are capable of beating the Jayhawks: Ohio State, Georgetown, Maryland and, believe it or not, No. 10 seed Georgia Tech. If you were thinking Tennessee was the fourth team that can beat Kansas because it did beat Kansas earlier in the season, forget it: The Vols will be fortunate to get past San Diego State in the first round.
Click here for the rest of the Midwest analysis: Jayhawks may be No. 1, but they can't take it easy
This week's AP Top 25 Ballot:
5 West Virginia
6 Ohio State
9 Kansas State
11 New Mexico
17 Texas A&M
19 Michigan State
25 Georgia Tech