Because the NCAA tournament selection committee couldn’t set up a possible Duke-Kentucky matchup this year (apparently John Calipari’s preseason claim that he no longer thought of himself as a basketball coach was true) it did the next best thing: Duke-Louisville. Sadly though, the boys (and one girl) won’t get their wish just as they didn’t get it last year when Duke didn’t get out of the first round. The Blue Devils won’t lose in the first round this year — unless C.J. McCollum miraculously suits up for the Albany Great Danes (tied for best nickname in the tournament with the South Dakota State Jackrabbits) — but they aren’t getting to the region final.
Louisville should. Like last year, the Cardinals are playing their best basketball at exactly the right time. They should breeze through their first two games (North Carolina A&T-Liberty winner followed by Colorado State-Missouri winner) to get to Indianapolis, which is all of 114 miles from Louisville. There, the one and only team with any realistic chance of keeping them from the region final isSaint Louis, which deserved to be seeded higher.