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11 March 2007

'Nova gets 9-seed vs. Kentucky

posted by Pete @ LetsGoNova.com
3/11/2007 06:22:00 PM

The Selection Committee placed Villanova in the West bracket as a #9 seed with a first round game versus #8 Kentucky. The game will be played on Friday, March 16 in Chicago's United Center. The winner of the match-up of the two Wildcats will likely face #1 Kansas. UCLA is a #2 on the other side of that same bracket, making it arguably the toughest region of the four, as many expected both UCLA and Kansas to be #1 seeds..

Personally, I feel Villanova got disrespected to be slotted as low as a #9, especially considering its resume versus such seeds as #9 Purdue, #8 BYU, #7 Nevada, #6 Duke, #6 Vandy, and #5 Butler. Kentucky fans are also probably upset with such a difficult first round match-up.

The Big East got just six teams in, despite nearly unanimous projections by bracketologists that Syracuse would be the seventh Big East team selected. The committee did not seem impressed with the Big East in the seeding. Marquette especially seems seeded far too low at #8 for a team with such a strong resume. #1 North Carolina cannot be happy with its potential second-round match-up.

CBS has posted a seeded printable bracket.

Click on the small bracket below for a larger viewable version.

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At 7:29 PM, March 11, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

When will the game times be announced?

At 7:58 PM, March 11, 2007, Blogger Pete said...

I am guessing at latest by tomorrow morning.

At 7:54 AM, March 13, 2007, Anonymous r calvert said...

Disrespected to be as low as number 9? They're lucky they even got in the tournament based on some standards!

At 6:46 PM, March 13, 2007, Blogger Pete said...

And whose standards are those? Every bracketologist in America had 'Nova solidly in.

At 9:17 AM, March 14, 2007, Anonymous r calvert said...

because they barely got past the first round against a mediocre team... and they blew in the big east altogether clearing .500 by only 2 games... why wasn't wvu or syracuse invited to the tournament?
I would never say they got robbed by being seeded 9th in the tournament considering they only finished 9th in their own league!

At 3:06 PM, March 21, 2007, Blogger Pete said...

unbalanced schedule, fool


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