Thank goodness they are using the traditional regional names again. If you ask me why it is important UNC is the #1 seed, my answer is that they have never won a title without being a #1 seed so from a historical perspective this is how UNC tends to get it done. Obviously the ACC title helped secure the top seeding and rightfully so since the ACC got seven teams into the tournament.
Now, my initial reaction to any bracket UNC is in is to look at it and get anxious about the match-ups down the line. Then again what is the point? In 2005, UNC did not play a team they were supposed to play until the title game. All that means is that while I could complain about Texas being the #4 seed why bother since it is possible that Texas will not be there come the second weekend. That being said, no I am not thrilled with the possibility of a Sweet Sixteen game with Texas because of the Kevin Durant Factor. And why does the selection committee seemed obsessed with putting Michigan State on the same line as UNC? UNC played the Spartans in the Final Four in 2005, had them as a potential second round match-up in 2006 before getting George Mason, and this season they are sitting down there a #9 pitted against #8 Marquette. The #2 seed, Georgetown is vastly improved over the past three months, but at the same time I do not find them to be a #2 seed which necessarily scares me senseless.
However, if you were watching the CBS Selection Show, Seth Davis was pretty much writing UNC off by putting Texas in the Elite Eight and calling Georgetown “one of the best two seeds I have ever seen” Holy crap, based on what? And while I am not one to play the “disrespect” card but might I point out that Davis basically handed the region to someone besides UNC without any thought. The last I checked UNC was the #1 seed in the East which usually tends to mean they are the best team of the 16 seeded there. Does it mean they will win? Of course not, but I just think shoving them off the train almost out of hand is a little dishonest intellectually speaking. What it boils down to is Davis is jumping on the Kevin Durant bandwagon which is just plain lazy.
The first game for UNC versus Eastern Kentucky should be zero trouble since the Colonels were not even the best team in their conference during the regular season. After that the road might get bumpy.