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2008 March Madness Preview

And so it begins on Selection Sunday. Many college basketball teams stood anxiously by awaiting the final announcement of the field of 65 that would be playing for the national title starting next week in what is one of the best events in the sporting world. Once the teams were announced, brackets were feverishly being filled out and office pools were underway. With that in mind it is time to take a look at the field and what this year’s brackets have to offer.

The number one seeds are: One of the greatest honors of the announcement of the field of 65 teams it is the teams that are granted the number one seeds. This year the four teams that were granted the number one seeds were indeed the cream of the crop.

--North Carolina -The tar Heels won the ACC by holding off Clemson and were awarded with the number one seed in the East.

--Kansas -The game today between Kansas and Texas was the deciding factor in what team would get the number one seed since they split the regular season. The received the number one seed in the Midwest and the rival Longhorns were sent to the south.

--Memphis was granted the number one seed in the south and this was the easiest of deliveries as the Tigers were atop the pools all year and won the conference in the regular season and in the tournament.

--Finally the west was won by UCLA as they won the number one seed. They have the experience from the previous year’s final four appearances and won the Pac 10 tournament to seal the bid.

Snubbed by the committee:
Bubble teams wait anxiously every year to see if they made the big dance and in the end get snubbed by the committee. This year was no different. Leading the way in this category was the Arizona St. Sun Devils. The part that made it the worse is that the rival Arizona Wildcats got an invitation to the big dance. Arizona St had a better in conference record and beat Arizona not once, but twice yet they are still headed to play the N.I.T. Other teams that felt like they were worthy but were passed by are Ohio St, Virginia Tech, and Massachusetts to just name a few.

Toughest bracket:
After all is said and done and you get to take a long hard look at the bracket you get to see that some are stocked with talent and are deeper than others. This year the toughest section looks to be the East. North Carolina and Tennessee provide a valid one, two punch and along with them is a solid middle core of talented teams in Arkansas, Notre Dame, and Butler. Even the double digit seeds provide some intrigue with St. Joseph’s and Cinderella of tournament past in George Mason. Other brackets have some arguments for this spot but it belongs to the East.

The one thing that can be assured is that the NCAA March Madness is upon us. It is assured to be full of upsets, last minute shots and great story lines. Start filling out your brackets, joining the office pools and getting ready to sit back and enjoy the action!

Download your free 2008 March Madness Printable Bracket here.