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Live discussion: How to fill out your NCAA tournament bracket

March 18, 2013|By Houston Mitchell

Join Times college basketball writer Chris Dufresne and college basketball editor Mike Hiserman at 11 a.m. today for a live video chat as they discuss the upcoming NCAA men's tournament.

As Dufrense wrote on Sunday,

"Louisville deservedly and emphatically garnered this year's top overall seeding after elbowing its way to the Big East tournament title.

"This turned out to be a not-very-controversial Selection Sunday in a wide-open year when it was tough to find 68 qualified applicants.

"The heckling was mostly "inside bracketology" stuff about seeding and geography and matchups.

"Joining Louisville (Midwest Regional) on the top line are No. 1 club members Kansas (South), Indiana (East) and Gonzaga (West).

"Kansas has come a long way from a February loss at Texas Christian, after which Coach Bill Self lamented "it was the worst team Kansas has ever put on the floor."

"Miami can reasonably gripe it deserved a No. 1 over Gonzaga because the Hurricanes won the ACC regular-season and tournament titles.

"Mike Bobinski, chairman of the selection committee, indicated on CBS' post-selection show that Gonzaga got the last No. 1 by a sliver and it was partly because of the Bulldogs' decades-long tenacity.

"The committee basically pulled out an old song from Gonzaga's own Bing Crosby and asked the Bulldogs: "Would you like to swing on a star?"

"The arguments this year aren't so much about which teams were left out. Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, Virginia and Iowa all had their chances.

"There were plenty of questionable calls, though, within the bracket.

"It seems obvious the selection committee, like a lot of us, had DirectTV in the room and couldn't get access to the Pac-12 Networks.

"The NCAA released its seeding list 1-through-68 and the Pac-12 Conference didn't have a team in the top 20. Arizona, which lost three times to UCLA, checked in at No. 21, followed by UCLA (24), Colorado (36), California (42) and Oregon (43)."

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