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Lists and numbers.

Nothing earth shattering here but I thought these two items were interesting

Losses for the top eight seeds with NCAA/NIT placement in parenthesis

1. Louisville: 28-5, Lost to: W.Ky(NCAA #12), Minnesota(NCAA #10), UNLV(NIT #5), UConn(NCAA #1), Notre Dame(NIT #2)

2. Pitt: 28-4, lost to: Louisville(NCAA #1), Villanova(NCAA #3), Providence(NIT #5), West Virginia(NCAA #6)

3. UNC: 28-4, lost to: Boston College(NCAA #7), Wake Forest(NCAA #4), Maryland(NCAA #10), FSU(NCAA #5)

4. UConn: 27-4, lost to: Georgetown(NIT #6), Pitt-twice(NCAA #1), Syracuse(NCAA #3)

5. Memphis: 31-3, lost to: Xavier(NCAA #4), Georgetown(NIT #6), Syracuse(NCAA #3)

6. Oklahoma: 27-5, lost to: Arkansas(NONE), Texas(NCAA #7), Kansas(NCAA #3), Missouri(NCAA #3), Oklahoma St(NCAA #8)

7. Duke: 27-6, lost to: Michigan(NCAA #10), Wake Forest(NCAA #4), Clemson(NCAA #7), UNC-twice(NCAA #1), Boston College(NCAA #7)

8. Michigan St: 26-6, lost to: Maryland(NCAA #10), UNC(NCAA #1), Northwestern(NIT #5), Penn State(NIT #2), Purdue(NCAA #5), Ohio St(NCAA #8)

UNC and Duke are the only two teams among the top eight to only have losses versus NCAA Tournament teams.  Everyone else dropped at least one to an NIT team and in Oklahoma's case, they lost to Arkansas who was not included in either tournament. This information may or may not be helpful.  I do wonder if the committee cares about the whole body of work as they say, why UNC is not the #1 overall.  The record is better and the losses are all to teams who made the field.  UL has two losses to NIT teams and two others to teams with a seed of 10 or lower.  Pitt and UConn both had stumbles versus NIT teams but the other losses cannot be considered bad.

The NCAA Tournament According to Overall Seed:

1. Louisville
2. Pitt
3. UNC
4. UConn
5. Memphis
6. Oklahoma
7. Duke
8. Michigan State
9. Kansas
10. Villanova
11. Syracuse
12. Missouri
13. Washington
14. Gonzaga
15. Xavier
16. Wake Forest
17. Utah
18. Florida State
19. Illinois
20. Purdue
21. Marquette
22. Arizona State
23. UCLA
24. West Virginia
25. Boston College
26. Texas
27. Clemson
28. California
29. BYU
30. LSU
31. Oklahoma St.
32. Ohio St.
33. Siena
34. Tennessee
35. Butler
36. Texas A&M
37. Maryland
38. Michigan
39. Minnesota
40. USC
41. Dayton
42. VCU
43. Temple
44. Utah St.
45. Northern Iowa
46. Western Kentucky
47. Wisconsin
48. Arizona
49. Cleveland St.
50. Portland St.
51. Akron
52. Mississippi St.
53. Cornell
54. Stephen F. Austin
55. American
56. N. Dakota St.
57. Robert Morris
58. Binghamton
59. Morgan St.
60. CSU Northridge
61. Chattanooga
62. Radford
63. E. Tennessee St.
64/65. Alabama St./Morehead St.

This list was built by taking the seeds down the line. This is likely not perfect since certain rules change matchups. For example, Duke is probably really the #6 overall and Oklahoma the #7 but since they are not going to place UNC and Duke in the same region they swapped those two.  Why they did not simply swap UNC and Pitt instead is a mystery unless they were convinced Pitt was indeed the #2 overall.  When you look at the field this way, it appears the committee did a good job placing teams in their proper slot overall.