However on further review that isn’t necessarily the case. Top ranked North Carolina has, at least on paper, a fairly easy trip to the Elite Eight with a presumptive victory over Texas Southern before playing either Arkansas or Seton Hall.
The Pirates were an underwhelming 21-11 on the campaign losing to Florida and Stanford in non-conference action while the Razorbacks claim to fame was they weren’t awful in a generally poor SEC.
Neither observation is a ringing endorsement and of all the second round match ups for the top seeds in the Tournament, this is the most uninteresting.
Butler is fourth in the region and faces Winthrop while the 5-12 match up of Minnesota against Middle Tennessee State is the one most pointed to as a possible first round upset.
Meanwhile down in the lower half of the bracket the Wildcats of Kentucky have Wichita State and UCLA as potentially serious challengers.
The #10 seeded Shockers were ridiculously under seeded by the Selection Committee and are expected to start their game against #7 Dayton as the favourites while UCLA has already defeated the Wildcats and did so at the Rupp Arena in Lexington earlier in the campaign.
The Shockers and the Bruins will face the challenge of not looking ahead to a game against Kentucky, but as a group, nothing looks rougher than the bottom half of the South bracket.