Orange gets #1, Villanova #2by Joseph Birmingham
The NCAA tournament seedings are in. Selection Sunday saw the Syracuse Orange get seeded #1 and the Villanova Wildcats #2, even after their consecutive tough losses. It would not have surprised me to see the Wildcats slip to a #3 seed. The local often overlooked Temple Owls are seeded #5.
Villanova will kick things off 3/18 against Robert Morris, then Syracuse will matchup against the Vermont Catamounts on 3/19. Temple’s opening game also comes 3/19 against the Cornell Big Red. Temple probably has the roughest path, if there are no significant upsets and they get to the Sweet 16 they will be matched up against Kentucky.
Syracuse and Villanova should both make the Elite Eight with the most watched for matchup being the Wildcats against the Blue Devils in the Southern Bracket to get to the Final Four
Of the three teams, I predict Villanova has the best chance of making the Final Four since Syracuse has to get by Kansas State and the Owls draw Kentucky if they get that far. I think the Duke matchup would favor the Wildcats, especially in view of their past two weeks play; this team will either come charging out of the gate and play spectacular ball or go out without a fight.
It is nice to have 2 Philadelphia teams in the tournament. It is also nice to see a representative from rural PA in the Lehigh Mountain Hawks 16th seed, but they stand no chance being paired up against the mighty Jayhawks for the first game. If they can keep it within 20 points it will be a moral victory. No matter what, be glad we aren’t rooting for Virgina Tech who at 23-8 did not get in ! This team beat Wake Forest and Georgetown and were still snubbed by the NCAA committee.