Each weekday, our college hoops experts discuss the biggest issues, trends and themes in college basketball.
1. Which team should be the most upset about its seeding?
Andy Katz: Villanova. The Wildcats are on the same two line as Xavier despite advancing to the Big East tournament title game. And Xavier got to be in the East (Philadelphia) while Nova is in the South (Louisville) and in the same bracket as the No. 1 overall seed (Kansas).
John Gasaway: Indiana. This is the outright Big Ten regular-season champion we're talking about, and the Hoosiers are a No. 5 seed. Great teams can play their way out of a bad seed, of course, but for IU the problem is the close proximity in the bracket of another great team named Kentucky. The round of 32 is a round or two too soon for a matchup between Indiana and UK.
C.L. Brown: Michigan State. Although the word "upset" is really relative here. Head coach Tom Izzo said he didn't care about seeding and we all know he can clearly take a No. 2 seed to the Final Four. It just appeared that the committee didn't value Michigan State winning the league tournament. I'd put the Spartans' nonconference wins against Kansas, Louisville, Providence and Florida against both Virginia's and Oregon's best.
2. Which team that didn't get in most deserved to be in? Which team that did get in that shouldn't have?
Katz: St. Bonaventure. The Bonnies tied for first with three other teams and had a top-30 RPI. The Bonnies should have been in the field. I'm still baffled by Tulsa, especially by how the Golden Hurricane finished the season.
Gasaway: By the criterion the NCAA states ("36 best teams"), Saint Mary's deserved to be in even with a nonconference schedule that was not challenging. As for Tulsa, I think the (now deleted) pre-selection tweet from Shaquille Harrison saying his team didn't have a shot speaks volumes.
Brown: Monmouth. The MAAC doesn't afford the kind of quality wins that could have made up for the Hawks' bad losses to Army and Canisius. But they scheduled aggressively and won games away from home against Notre Dame, USC, UCLA and Georgetown. Vanderbilt should have been left out. I'm still trying to figure out the Commodores' best nonconference win. Stony Brook? Wake Forest? They were rewarded for being mediocre in a power conference. That's it. Their loss to a short-handed Tennessee in the SEC tournament should have tipped the committee off that they weren't worthy.
3. Which first-round game is the most appealing?
Katz: Arizona against the winner of Wichita State-Vanderbilt. That might be one of the toughest games a team waiting for a First Four winner has faced since the concept was hatched.
Gasaway: I'm so happy it's called the "first round" again! Seton Hall versus Gonzaga has the potential to be an outstanding game. The Pirates and Isaiah Whitehead have added scoring to their good defense, and the Bulldogs have two of the best players in the entire field in Domantas Sabonis and Kyle Wiltjer.
Brown: Texas-Northern Iowa. The Panthers have taken down North Carolina and Iowa State when both were ranked in the top five. They won't be in awe of the tournament stage or their opponent. Guard Wes Washpun is a bona fide giant-killer, who has come up big in big moments for Northern Iowa.