Which No. 1 seed will win the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament?

Leading Off: '1' is loneliest number of men's tournament

Published: Tuesday, Mar. 19, 2013 - 12:00 am | Page 1C
Last Modified: Tuesday, Mar. 19, 2013 - 7:59 am

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.

Today's poll

Which No. 1 seed will win the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament?

• Indiana

• Gonzaga

• Kansas

• Louisville

• None

Vote above or leave your comments in the comments field; or go to www.sacbee.com/sports

Weekend results

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.

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