The NCAA bracket is out. Here's what I know and what I think:
* The Cowboys got a little bad luck on the draw. OSU is the highest-rated No. 5 seed. The committee ranks the entire field, one through 68. OSU was rated No. 17 overall, which means it was one spot from a top-four seed.
Meanwhile, the Cowboys' first-round opponent, Oregon, is a 12-seed in name only. The Ducks were ranked 43rd by the committee, which means Oregon was an actual 11-seed.
The committee sometimes has to move teams up or down a slot, to make other things work out.
The teams the committee voted in the 12-seed range were Boise State, Saint Mary's, Ole Miss, Bucknell, LaSalle and Middle Tennessee. All seem a tad easier than Oregon.
The Ducks won the Pac-12 Tournament and finished a game out first place in the conference race.
* Meanwhile, the Sooners were the lowest-ranked No. 10 seed. OU was one spot from being an 11 seed.
The difference? Not much. OU's first-round foe, San Diego State, seems about the same as No. 6 seeds Memphis, UCLA, Butler and Arizona. The Aztecs are good.
* I thought Miami deserved a No. 1 seed. Won the ACC, won the ACC Tournament. And I'd probably vote to drop Gonzaga to a No. 2, though I'm pulling for the Zags to make the Final Four.
* The Pac-12 was shown less respect than two mid-major conferences. The Pac-12 got five teams into the field, seeded six (UCLA), six (Arizona), 10 (Colorado), 12 (California) and 12 (Oregon).
The Atlantic-10 got five teams, too, but they were seeded four (Saint Louis), five (Virginia Commonwealth), six (Butler), nine (Temple) and 13 (LaSalle). And the Mountain West was considered even better — its five seeds were a three (New Mexico), five (Nevada-Las Vegas), seven (San Diego State), eight (Colorado State) and 13 (Boise State).
* I know the committee likes to say it doesn't intentionally set up Roy Williams vs. Kansas in a second-round game in Kansas City, but I hope they're not offended when we don't believe them.
* Possible first-round upsets: Bucknell over Butler (we love us some Bucknell here in OKC), Minnesota over UCLA, Harvard over New Mexico, Belmont over Arizona.
* Kansas should be thrilled. KC in Week 1, Arlington in Week 2.
* Come to think of it, if the Sooners survive Philadelphia, they're in Arlington, too, for the Sweet 16.
* If the Big 12 wants a piece of one of its former members, Missouri and Colorado will have to go deep into the tournament. CU would have to reach the Final Four to meet up with a Big 12 foe. Missouri would have to reach the Sweet 16, which almost surely means upsetting Louisville, to set up a potential game against OSU.
* Don't hold me to it, because our official picks aren't due until Monday, but my early Final Four selections: Kansas, Miami, Gonzaga and Michigan State.
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