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There’s only one No. 1 team in the count

Published: Sunday, March 11, 2012 11:51 p.m. CST

There’s only one No. 1 team in the country, as the selection committee made clear in picking Kentucky as the overall top seed in the NCAA tournament. No argument.

Actually, there wasn’t much to scream about on any of the tournament picks, which made for some dull moments among the talking heads on television.

The people who pick the field might have done their best work to date. Their formula works, and they managed to tweak it this year to make things even more fun.

How else do you explain a possible meeting of UNLV and Duke for the first time since the Blue Devils upset one of the greatest college teams ever 21 years ago in the Final Four? Even better, Duke and Kentucky could meet in the South final almost 20 years to the day since Christian Laettner hit The Shot.

So Drexel didn’t get in. So what? Nevada didn’t get an invite, and the Wolf Pack won 16 games in a row during the season and lost one conference game before falling in the WAC tournament.

Glittering records don’t count like they used to. Not with coaches loading up with soft nonconference games, so many so that 112 teams had 20 wins or more.

Win your conference title, and you’re in. Lose, and you’re just another 25-win team heading to the NIT.

Besides, there are better things to do than complain. Like look forward to some tournament storylines like these:

So many good stories. Almost as many good teams.

No need to manufacture controversy. And no need to whine about what might have been.

 

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