1. Villanova is the defending champion and No. 1 overall seed. The Wildcats enter the tournament with 31 wins, the most ever for a team in its title defense.
2. This is the record 28th-straight NCAA tournament appearance by Kansas, breaking the record the Jayhawks had shared with the North Carolina teams of 1975-2001.
3. The ACC has a tournament-leading nine teams in the field. But the Big East leads with 70 percent of its teams dancing (it's a smaller conference).
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4. North Carolina, Kentucky and UCLA are the Nos. 1, 2 and 3 teams in the South, respectively. Those teams are Nos. 1, 3 and 2 in all-time Final Four appearances, respectively.
5. Syracuse didn't get in. Good. Click on that link to see that one reason they didn't deserve it. All in all, there are literally no snubs in this year's field. Can you argue for Illinois State's inclusion? Absolutely, but at which team's expense? That's the thing about snubs. You can't just rattle off three teams that should be in. You have to pick the three they should replace and, though the bubble was weak this year, you just can't do that with this field.
6. Duke, who the media had pegged for a No. 1 seed after its ACC tournament victory on Saturday, ended up being the seventh-ranked team in the field, which proves two things: 1) The media loves Duke; 2) The media really, really loves Duke.
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7. Who got the shortest straw on Sunday: Wichita State, which was ranked No. 8 in KenPom and No. 29 in RPI but was ranked No. 38 by the committee and got a No. 9 seed. It's another in a long line of disrespect for the Shockers. In 2014 the team went undefeated in the regular season and was properly awarded a No. 1 seed. But the committee slotted Kentucky as the No. 8 in the pod and, after a second-round classic, the Wildcats pulled the "upset." They went on to play in the national championship.
8. Score one for the wisdom of crowds. Though top bracketologists did their usual stellar job in picking the field, most missed one or two, as is to be expected. But the website bracketmatrix.com builds a composite bracket projection based on 73 predictions from experts across the internet. Not only did the composite correctly pick all 68 teams but they also identified the four play-in teams, which is nothing short of staggering.
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9. Vanderbilt is the first ever at-large team to have 15 losses. But two wins over Florida in the final two weeks of the season were more than enough to make up for that. (The Commodores getting a No. 9 seed was a little much, however.)
10. The Big Ten got no love and didn't deserve any. But some of the seedings were baffling. How did Maryland get a No. 6 over Michigan (No. 7) and Wisconsin (No. 8)?
11. Villanova playing Duke in the East regional final at Madison Square Garden would be one of the most anticipated second-week matchups in tournament history. Translation: It ain't happening.
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12. Hardest region: South (UNC, Kentucky, UCLA, with possible Cinderellas in Wichita State, Middle Tennessee and Wake Forest).
13. Easiest region: West (Gonzaga, Arizona, Florida State, West Virginia, Notre Dame, Maryland).
14. Biggest low-seed surprise: Wichita State (10)
15. Biggest high-seed surprise: Butler (4)
16. Best first-round game: Miami (8) vs. Michigan State (9).
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17. Best first-round game involving No. 12 seed or higher: Minnesota (5) vs. Middle Tennessee (12)
18. Best first-round upset potential involving No. 13 seed and higher: Vermont (13) over Purdue (4)
19. Worst first-round game in a 6/11, 7/10 or 8/9 matchup: South Carolina (7) vs. Marquette (10)
20. Best chance for a No. 1 vs. No. 16 upset: If and when this ever happens, it'll be the game you least expect: New Orleans (16) over Villanova (1)
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21. Best potential second-round game: Kentucky (2) vs. Wichita State (10) — the Shockers owe 'em one.
22. First-look Final Four predictions: Florida (4), Arizona (2), Kansas (1), North Carolina (1)
23. Duke not getting a No. 1 seed seems to be the biggest topic of conversation in the immediate aftermath of the bracket reveal. The Blue Devils did not deserve a No. 1 seed. Coach K's absence and injuries are part of how it rolls. Duke finished fifth in the ACC and that itself shouldn't disqualify them from a No. 1 seed (that non-conference SOS is killer and the wins are as impressive as anyone), but it's a pretty good counterargument. Had Duke been a No. 1 seed, there shouldn't have been any complaint. But the Dukies getting a No. 2 is hardly a travesty.
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24. Overall grade for selection committee: A-
This is harder than it looks. You can quibble about some seedings (UCLA too low, Maryland too high, SEC not enough love, Duke) but overall the committee, as it usually does, put together an excellent tournament. All the complaining being done Sunday — way too much, in my opinion — will be forgotten by Monday.
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25. The First Four is still a horrible abomination that's greatly insulting to the four at-large teams in Dayton (Wake Forest, Kansas State, Providence and USC) but is downright unconscionable to the No. 16 seeds (Mount St. Mary's, New Orleans, NC Central and UC Davis). Two of those high-seeded teams will lose before the real tournament even begins, missing out on the chance to play David in the first-round game against the No. 1. It's a joke.