The committee stresses geography much more than what you would see in basketball due to budgetary concerns, virtually none of the top teams will be playing too far away from home. One charm is Omaha being the College World Series venue since literally the beginning of time, which is a nice, central location that continues to work, especially now in a modern new venue.
And despite the top teams having home-field advantage, do not necessarily look for chalk to advance to Omaha. In 2012 upstart Stony Brook shocked perennial power LSU in a Super Regional and were joined in Omaha by MAC representative Kent State, who upset Oregon to become part of the final eight.
The most notable team left out of the field is 2012 National Champion Arizona, they finished with a RPI of #60, not good enough to get the Wildcats even into this year’s dance. The Pac-12 in all has just four representatives this year.
Since the “college team versus a pro team” is almost never logical, but has some merit once the Kentucky versus Charlotte Bobcats matchups are considered, does this make Kentucky the most talented Final Four team of all time? Let’s not get too hasty.
This year, the best t-shirt of the NCAA Tournament is easily this one, worn by a Kansas fan attending today’s Midwest Regional Final games between the Jayhawks and North Carolina.
Here is the complete Elite 8 TV schedule, including the tip times, announcers, and point spreads for each game, plus links to Andy’s previews and predictions.
North Carolina-Kansas Elite 8 Preview: Analysis, Prediction, Date and TV Tip Time, Point Spread, and Tickets
In the Midwest Regional Final, the #1 seed North Carolina Tar Heels will face off against the #2 seed Kansas Jayhawks in a battle of college basketball royalty.