Are the Zags worthy of a top seed?
The Favorite: Gonzaga. Sure, the Bulldogs earned it, but this is also a silly soft region. But don't sell Gonzaga short -- their resume stands up. They are 31-2, and their only losses came to Illinois and at Butler (by a point, though Butler was missing its best player). Impressive though, are the Zags blowout wins over Oklahoma, Davidson and Kansas State, as well as wins at Oklahoma State and three wins over St. Mary's.
But watch out for: New Mexico. Not a lot of America has seen the Lobos play, which is a shame, because they are really, really good. If they have their way, they will put basketball fans on notice this week. They have some bad losses (Air Force & San Diego State), but some even more impressive wins (Cincinnati, UNLV twice, San Diego State, Colorado State twice). The Lobos win with solid defense, and their potential matchup with Arizona in the round of 32 makes for a great 4-corner battle.
Underrated: Ole Miss. I understand, the Rebels probably wouldn't have made the tournament had they not won the SEC Tournament. But what is better than hot come March? Nothing, and Ole Miss is hot at the right time. A lot of people are calling Wisconsin a sleeper, but the Badgers better not sleep on the Rebels in their first game, or it could be a quick goodbye for Bo Ryan's crew.
Overrated: Notre Dame. Yes, the Irish had the 5-OT win versus No. 1 overall seeded Louisville. Yes they beat Marquette and won at Pitt and Cincinnati. But that is it. Their non-conference resume leaves a lot to be desired. The November win versus Kentucky doesn't look so good today as the Wildcats are headed to the NIT. In fact, Notre Dame did not play a single team out of conference that is going to the NCAA Tournament.
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