It’s been an extraordinarily difficult season to predict, but March Madness is already here with Louisville as the number one seed overall, coming from the Big East who had lots of questions as a conference.
The top four teams leading the four regions are Louisville leading the Midwest, Gonzaga the West, Kansas the South and Indiana the East.
The East is particularly the most intriguing region if a number one seed, Indiana manage to meet number two, and ACC championship, Miami (FL) at some point. The Hurricanes have been the best team in the ACC all year long and the surprise of college basketball this season.
“We want more,” Hurricanes senior Julian Gamble said after winning the ACC title for the first time in school history. “After we clinched the outright regular-season title at home and we (cut down the nets), we were like, ‘Wasn’t that the funniest thing you’ve ever done?’ We wanted to go to Greensboro and do it again.”
“From day one, these guys have embraced our approach,” second year coach Larranaga said. “That doesn’t mean that every day was great. It means we went through a transition of learning. Once they did learn, they felt good about it. And they kept trying to get better.”
The tournament starts Tuesday with a pair of games in Dayton, but of course the real deal is to get to the Final Four in Atlanta, which begins April 6 at the Georgia Dome.