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NCAA Chat on Monday

A quick reminder that I'll be doing a live chat with our college basketball writers at 10 a.m. tomorrow on our Campus Watch blog. We'll discuss the NCAA Tournament field, the Buffalo subregional, who was snubbed and which teams are ripe for upsets on the opening weekend. Check it out. You might even find a nugget or two that helps you fill our your tournament brackets.

My reaction to Sunday's bracket announcement was more muted that normal. There were a lot of teams that seemed fairly equal and I can't think of any mid-major that had a strong case for at an-large bid and was left out. I was a little surprised that Florida got a No. 10 seed. I didn't think they had that impressive a resume. Clemson seems a little overseeded to me at 7 in the Buffalo subregional. I can definitely see Missouri (OK, so it is my alma mater) knocking off Clemson in a first-round battle of Tigers.

It would not surprise me to see one of the secondary Big 12 teams make a run in the tournament. The Big 12 was very strong this year. It might turn out to be even stronger than the Big East. We'll see.

Buffalo got a top-heavy subregional, as expected, with Syracuse coming as a No. 1 seed in the West and West Virginia as a No. 2 in the East. That means no first-round games involving 3-6 seeds, where most of the memorable upsets tend to occur. If we're going to see a memorable upset in HSBC Arena, it'll likely be on Sunday.

Syracuse could be in trouble if Arinze Onuaku is hobbled. According to a report tonight on, the Orange still aren't certain whether Onuaku will be ready for Friday's game against Vermont. The Orange isn't very deep and could have its hands full with Florida State or Gonzaga. The Zags are in their 12th straight NCAA tourney. They'll be a tough out under Mark Few.


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