We ranked the teams, and North Carolina doesn’t make the top five
From 68 to 16, let’s get down to re-seeding this field. It’s one of the strongest second-weekend groups ever, even with No. 1 overall Villanova out and odds-on title favorite Duke now gone as well.
Twelve of the top 16 teams seeded by the committee made the Sweet 16. That’s the second most in the past 20 years, per the NCAA.
Quick look at the regions: The East, almost always a top-two appealing regional, is a distant No. 4 this year. The South has three blue bloods, plus Butler, which knocked off Villanova and Xavier twice this season, plus beat Arizona. You’ll notice those latter two schools are still in the field. The West has Zaga-Zona, and yet West Virginia is the most intriguing dark horse left in the field. The Midwest has the Michigan factor, a Purdue team with a National Player of the Year candidate and a Kansas team that stormed through the first weekend.
In re-seeding the field, I look at how teams played in their past two games but also factor in what they did in the regular season. I’m also not abiding by the committee’s seed decisions. These are how I would power-rank/seed the 16 remaining teams based on résumé, how they’re playing now and who I think is best overall.