When I looked over the brackets on Sunday night, one region stood out right away as the toughest.
Look at the Midwest and you'll realize the committee didn't do any favors for Louisville. That is not the way to treat the team considered the top overall seed in the tournament.
Rick Pitino's team could face a tough Colorado State team or Missouri in its second game. Then there is a potential showdown against a Saint Louis team that won the Atlantic 10 tournament. Jim Crews has done a terrific job with the Billikens, who started 3-3 and have come on strong, winning 15 of their last 16 contests.
Louisville has a challenge on the other side of the bracket with the likes of Michigan State and Duke there.
This region is also loaded with Oregon as a surprise as a 12th seed. The Ducks just won the Pac-12 tournament. Memphis has been on fire. Cincinnati can be dangerous.
Think about the individual talent in this bracket. Doug McDermott and Mason Plumlee are among the All-Solid Gold performers. Marcus Smart is a premier diaper dandy. Gorgui Dieng can pass and block shots. Peyton Siva just won his second straight Big East tournament MVP. Russ Smith can flat-out play.
There are coaching heavyweights with Pitino, Coach K and Tom Izzo. These are three of the best in NCAA tournament history.
Wow, this region is something special, baby!