The four No. 1 seeds of the 2016 NCAA Tournament have been announced. They are North Carolina in the East, Kansas in the South, Virginia in the Midwest and Oregon in the West.
This is definitely a surprise, as Virginia lost to North Carolina in the ACC Tournament Final last night. Moreover, arguably superior teams in Big East regular season champion Villanova and Big Ten Tournament Champion Michigan State lost out on a shot to be No. 1 seeds, likely leaving fans of both teams crying foul.
But there is also this to consider. This year’s No. 1 seeds have a combined 23 losses between them, the most since the 2000 NCAA Tournament when Duke, Stanford, Arizona and Michigan State were the No. 1 seeds and had 20 combined losses between the four of them.
Still, that doesn’t take away from the fact that of the four No. 1 seeds this year, there is not a single team that at any point in the season was not one of the best in the country. Each has a shot at being the last team standing, so their seedings were well earned.
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