With just over a week left until Selection Sunday, a few random NCAA tournament thoughts:
Rarely have the possibilities for the No. 1 seeds been so uncertain this close to the tournament. Put UCLA and Ohio State on the top lines - in pen - but you'll have to use a pencil if you're thinking about these other candidates - Kansas, Florida, North Carolina, Wisconsin, Pittsburgh or Memphis.
Two teams your team doesn't want to face in the tournament: Texas A&M, because of the Aggies' suffocating defense, and Maryland, because the Terps are hot and they have a team composed of veteran players who will be glad to be back in the tournament after two years away.
We hear a lot about prominent teams that have gone into late-season swoons -- notably North Carolina and Florida. But what about Oregon? The Ducks were 18-1 and ranked 10th after beating California 92-84 on Jan. 20. Since then, the Ducks have gone 4-6. Not exactly a Clemson-like collapse, but cause for concern in Eugene. Oregon has bounced back, winning two straight, including a 64-59 victory against Washington State on Feb. 22.
Aren't student fans diminishing their team's accomplishment by chanting "Overrated" to the opposition? That's what Tennessee's fans did in an upset against Florida and Georgia Tech's did against North Carolina.