McAlester News-Capital, McAlester, OK

March 29, 2013

Messy brackets bad for tourney

By Matt Goisman
Sports Writer

McALESTER — History could be made when the NCAA men’s basketball tournament resumes play later this week. Four teams seeded ninth or lower have qualified for the Sweet 16, and if either 15th-seeded Florida Gulf Coast or 13th-seeded La Salle reach the Elite Eight, it would be the first time a seed that low had advanced that far.

It would also be terrible for the NCAA Tournament.

The entire point of a seeding structure is that the deeper you get into the playoffs, the harder your competition becomes. But because of all the upsets this year, some teams have been able to coast into the Sweet 16, while others have had to fight tooth and nail.

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