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The NCAA Tournament field has been unveiled, which means there are 68 stories to tell with assorted pressing thoughts that make this the most wonderful month of the college basketball season. Let’s take a closer look:

Looks like the No. 1 seed sent on a kamikaze mission is …

Gonzaga.

Ohio State and Deshaun Thomas share the region, which is like a pitbull stalking unleashed. New Mexico is lurking. So are Pittsburgh and Wisconsin, teams always full of mischief this time of year.

The next No. 1 seed who must proceed with caution is …

Kansas.

For the right to advance to the Final Four, the Jayhawks may have to go through No. 2 Georgetown. Think about how Kansas has to run around and try to stop a bunch of Hoyas who walloped Syracuse by 22 points just nine days ago and has the most versatile player in the country in Otto Porter Jr. Win the Big 12 Tournament title and you would think … wait a minute, there was that small hiccup with consecutive losses to Oklahoma State, TCU and Oklahoma – not exactly a murderers’ row – so they didn’t deserve a favorable ride.

The team the tournament committee had a crush on was …

Louisville.

The Cardinals’ last loss was before Valentine’s Day and their run to the Big East Tournament was as compelling a closing argument as any team in the country. And Louisville was presented – at least on paper – the least baronial of the regions. Their first two games are in Rupp Arena, which is the tournament committee’s version of a practical joke.

Indiana has reason to be irritated because …

Well, because … um … maybe the Hoosiers don’t have a good reason. They played as well as any in recent memory in certain spots this season and tournament chair Mike Bobinski said Indiana was the lone team that was guaranteed a spot on the No. 1 line heading into Sunday. The Hoosiers make a short trip to Dayton to play their first two games and advance to Washington, D.C., for the regional finals. Indiana’s road seems only slightly more laborious than Louisville’s, and less rigid than that of either Gonzaga’s or Kansas’.

Easy money.

Now, a moment of silence for …

Kentucky. John Calipari didn’t have this kind of one-and-done in mind but the Wildcats’ hopes took a huge hit when Nerlens Noel tore his ACL. They had just three victories against teams in the Top 50 of the RPI and a 4-4 record since Noel was injured. Nail-hammering time came when they lost to Vanderbilt in the SEC Tournament.

Pop goes the bubble for …

• Maryland. While the Terps beat Duke in the ACC Tournament, they finished 8-10 in the league. Playing in the Big 10 won’t be any easier. Next up: Niagara in the NIT.

• Tennessee. Won nine of 11 to end the season but the loss to Alabama in the SEC Tournament hurt badly. No Virginia. No Iowa. There’s reason to be disappointed but no one got robbed.

Three cheers for …

Saint Mary’s. Boise State. Middle Tennessee. La Salle. The last four in and not a high-major program in the bunch.

When selecting your brackets be wary of …

Oklahoma State, Wisconsin, VCU and UNLV. All are No. 5 seeds and this is where things get dicey going up against No. 12 seeds. Wichita State was a five seed a year ago. So was Temple. Both were back home before the ink was dry on the brackets. You’ve been given a fair warning.

First-round upsets to look for include …

Belmont against Arizona, which hasn’t been playing well of late and melts down when the lights grow brighter in big games. Belmont has lost twice since the New Year.

Minnesota against UCLA, which lost second-leading scorer Jordan Adams for the season, and not to mention Ben Howland’s iffy job status. Players’ minds tend to drift when their coach is on the hot seat.

The best basketball is played in …

No conference is better than the Big Ten. Only five teams were left out. Indiana, Ohio State, Michigan State and Michigan are all capable of claiming the crown.

And the winner is …

Indiana.

The Hoosiers came into the season ranked No. 1 and will cut down the nets in Atlanta. At least in theory.

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