It's only fitting that there are now four No. 1s Louisville, Gonzaga, Kansas and Indiana in the NCAA Tournament since no men's college basketball team seemed to want the top honor for long during the 2012-13 season.
The No. 1 ranking this past season was passed around like a hot potato, no one capable of holding it long before getting burned.
Indiana started the season ranked No. 1 for five weeks but then passed the spud to Duke. The Blue Devils were No. 1 for four weeks before turning over the top spot to Louisville, which gave it back to Duke one week later. Duke held it for one week before Michigan became the No. 1 team if only for one week. Indiana regained its No. 1 ranking on Feb. 4 for three weeks before handing it over to Gonzaga for the final two weeks of this zany season.
Which brings us to this year's NCAA Tournament and the millions of brackets that will be passed around the office this week.
While it'll take a little more thought than throwing darts at the office pool sheet, never has the field of 68 teams been more wide open.
Will a top seed finally emerge to grab the final No. 1 ranking on April 8 in Atlanta, or will a mid-major such as Butler or Saint Louis finally win one for the little guys?
It's anybody's guess.
What to watch
NBA, Kings vs. L.A. Clippers, 7 p.m., CSNCA: With DeMarcus Cousins likely to miss a third straight game, the paint belongs to Blake Griffin.
Which No. 1 seed will win the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament?
Vote above or leave your comments in the comments field; or go to www.sacbee.com/sports
How much do you care about March Madness?
I fill out multiple brackets that cost to play: 8%
I fill out a bracket with a cash payoff: 9%
I fill out one bracket, just for fun: 28%
I don't care: 55%
Total votes: 225
Call The Bee's Victor Contreras, (916) 326-5527. Follow him on Twitter @SacBeeVictor.
© Copyright The Sacramento Bee. All rights reserved.
Read more articles by Victor Contreras
What You Should Know About Comments on Sacbee.com
Sacbee.com is happy to provide a forum for reader interaction, discussion, feedback and reaction to our stories. However, we reserve the right to delete inappropriate comments or ban users who can't play nice. (See our full terms of service here.)
Here are some rules of the road:
Keep your comments civil. Don't insult one another or the subjects of our articles. If you think a comment violates our guidelines click the "Report Abuse" link to notify the moderators. Responding to the comment will only encourage bad behavior.
Don't use profanities, vulgarities or hate speech. This is a general interest news site. Sometimes, there are children present. Don't say anything in a way you wouldn't want your own child to hear.
Do not attack other users; focus your comments on issues, not individuals.
Stay on topic. Only post comments relevant to the article at hand.
Do not copy and paste outside material into the comment box.
Don't repeat the same comment over and over. We heard you the first time.
Do not use the commenting system for advertising. That's spam and it isn't allowed.
Don't use all capital letters. That's akin to yelling and not appreciated by the audience.
Don't flag other users' comments just because you don't agree with their point of view. Please only flag comments that violate these guidelines.
You should also know that The Sacramento Bee does not screen comments before they are posted. You are more likely to see inappropriate comments before our staff does, so we ask that you click the "Report Abuse" link to submit those comments for moderator review. You also may notify us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Note the headline on which the comment is made and tell us the profile name of the user who made the comment. Remember, comment moderation is subjective. You may find some material objectionable that we won't and vice versa.
If you submit a comment, the user name of your account will appear along with it. Users cannot remove their own comments once they have submitted them.