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There is so much that can be said about Duke, whether talking about its up-and-down ways in 2016-17, or the overwhelming amount of talent it has.

And he would have a point.

No. 11 seed Kansas State minus-1 vs. Usually, the committee gives Duke the benefit of the doubt, so it's odd to see the opposite this time. The Blue Devils have a potential matchup with Baylor in the Sweet 16.

North Carolina, the top seed in the South, will play the second afternoon game in Friday's day session in Greenville, South Carolina.

Back when the committee released their top 16 seeds in earl February, Kentucky was the final 3 seed and probably should have been a 4 after getting dismantled at Florida.

If the top seeds of the bracket advance, Duke and Nova will clash.

If the selection committee decides that these Blue Devils are worthy of a No. 1 seed - as is their prerogative because, remember, "eye test" is part of the equation - the multiple injuries and absences certainly gives the committee the leeway to make it happen, and to make a convincing argument.

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At the end of the day, Duke will likely get the No. 2 seed, exclusively because of the number of losses and bad losses.

The defending national champions turned in another terrific regular season with a record of 28-3, which would have put them on the one line even with a quarterfinal loss in the Big East Tournament. Bishop Gorman High School graduate Zach Collins is one of the top players off the bench.

Arizona - coming off a massive win over OR in the Pac-12 title game - is another team that could get a serious look. Two of their freshmen making an immediate impact are Rawle Alkins and Kobi Simmons, who appeared to be on track to be future Rebels before the complete changeover of UNLV's coaching staff.

From left, Greg Nunn, Ben Schirer and Greg Woodyard plan out their wagers at the South Point during the second round of the NCAA basketball tournament Thursday, March 20, 2014.

CBS' Seth Davis went on and on about how he expected the Wolf Pack to make the Sweet 16, and the 12-5 upset happens almost every year. The Jayhawks have Miami, Michigan State, Iowa State and Purdue in their top-half of the bracket. The University of North Carolina Wilmington also earned a spot in the East Region, as the Seahawks enter the tournament as a No. 12 seed and will play Virginia. And I could see Rhode Island pulling off the upset in the First Round because they are playing better at just the right time and Creighton did struggle after Watson got hurt back in January.

Southern Methodist was given a six-seed in the East. Head coach Tim Jankovich is the real deal, but let's not forget that Larry Brown - one of the all-time greats at building a championship-caliber team - was the architect of the All-American Conference Champion Ponies.

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