NCAA tournament 2011: Duke edges Notre Dame for No. 1 seed?
Before I get back to finishing my bracket --- and I'm a little behind because I had to change hotels and the new one lost my reservation - a few quick items:
Richmond winning the A-10 tourney is big in two respects. First, Dayton does not steal a bid from a bubble team. That's good news for Alabama, St. Mary's, Georgia, USC, etc. Second, by Richmond claiming the automatic berth it ensures Richmond of NOT playing in Dayton. That's bad news for the likes of Virginia Tech, possibly Michigan State, etc.
Also, we always talk about how the selection committee hardly pays attention to the Big Ten final because it starts too darn late. Well, this game is important and not because of Ohio State, which I think has already locked up the No. 1 overall seed. If Penn State wins, PSU cannot be in a play-in game. What the committee can do - and what I will do - is put PSU on the 11 or 12 line but NOT in a play-in game because I am posting a final bracket before the game ends.
Okay, the big debate: Notre Dame or Duke for the final No. 1 seed. You can make a strong case for both teams and we know the arguments on both sides. I could represent both sides on this issue in a court of law. I have no dog in this fight. What do I think the committee will do? Give it to Duke. You're talking about a 30-4 team with a No. 4 RPI and 23rd-ranked SOS that nearly won the regular season title and pummeled one of the nation's hottest team, a likely No. 2 seed, by 17 on a neutral floor. I understand the arguments for the Irish. The Irish might have a resume more deserving, the total body of work. But it's not about "most deserving." It is about the "best" teams being seeded the highest. Tie goes to the team that won the league tourney. Now, who gets the No. 2 if Duke goes to Anaheim: Notre Dame? San Diego State?
Back to dissecting Alabama's credentials for the next 45 minutes...