MARCH 2 MADNESS: WHY VILLANOVA MIGHT PREFER A 2 TO A 1 SEED

By Harry Allison

Every day seemingly brings another version of March Madness bracketology, with the seeds changing and hopes falling or soaring.

Locally, we are always watching where Villanova and Temple are seeded, with the Wildcats changing from a No. 1 to a No. 2.

The reality is that in many years a 2 is as good as a 1, and this may be one of those years.

Especially if the difference is that Villanova could be a 1 and be placed in the West region as opposed to a 2 and play in the East region.

The closer the Cats are the more fans will show up.

Back in the 1960s, when the NIT had far more glamor than it does today, there were years when Villanova actually turned down the NCAA at-large bid in favor of the NIT for just that reason.

This season, there are eight legitimate No. 1 seed candidates.

Kentucky, Villanova, Virginia and Duke are the current projected top seeds; Kansas, Gonzaga, Arizona and Wisconsin are the No. 2s.

If seeding stays intact, it’s difficult to not consider Arizona and Wisconsin as Final Four contenders, regardless of the No. 1 seed in their region. And while surefire No. 1 seed Kentucky will be a favorite to win the title, the other No. 1 seeds aren’t locks to win their regional by any stretch.

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