“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” By now, you’ve probably heard this famous opening line from Charles Dickens “A Tale of Two Cities”. Who would have known that Dickens was talking about two of the number one seeds in the 2013 NCAA Tournament.
It appears the NCAA Selection Committee made the right decision to make Louisville the number one overall seed. The Cardinals looked impressive in their 79-48 victory over North Carolina A&T. Louisville led by 16 at half and never looked back.
The other one seed to play on Thursday didn’t have the same success. The Gonzaga Bulldogs beat Southern University 64-58, after surviving a down to the wire dogfight. Gonzaga held only a three point lead at half. The final margin of six points does not do this close game justice.
At the end of the 2012-2013 NCAA season, writers made Gonzaga the number one team in the AP Top 25 Poll. Gonzaga ranked first with 1604 total points, including 45 first place votes. Louisville followed in second place with 1579 points and 25 first place votes.
Many fans and analysts questioned the inclusion of Gonzaga as a one seed in the tournament. After all, Gonzaga had a strength of schedule that wasn’t even in the top 60. This doesn’t exactly jump out and show that they played anyone worthwhile. So despite a 31-2 overall record, Gonzaga showed how vulnerable they are during Thursday’s opening win.
On Friday, two more one seeds and all four number two seeds will play. This should provide more clarity on which team deserved a one over Gonzaga. Of course, it is only the opening round and both Louisville and Gonzaga have equal chances to win the NCAA Championship.