Our resident bracketologist examines how South Carolina, not Stanford, ended up a No. 1 seed, why geography didn't play as big of a role in the bracket this year, and explains why a No. 3 seed might be just what Louisville deserved.
With a big SEC road win Sunday, South Carolina has moved to the top line. But will a No. 1 seed mean a possible road game in the second round or a long trip to the West Coast for the Gamecocks' opening tournament games?
Can Louisville take Tina Charles out of the game? Can young point guard Deseree' Byrd harass UConn's Renee Montgomery just enough? Charlie Creme breaks down the X factors and key individual matchups in Tuesday's title game.
As it turns out, losing to UConn in the regular season might not hurt a team's NCAA profile too much. But landing in the eighth spot in the S-curve -- and in the same regional as the Huskies -- is the thing to be wary of.