ATLANTA -- The selection committee did not do the Louisville Cardinals, the NCAA tournament's No. 1 overall seed, any favors in the Midwest region.
If Louisville coach Rick Pitino is to capture his second national title, he will have to guide his team through one of the most dangerous regionals: the other top seeds in the Midwest, Nos. 1 through 6, are Duke, Michigan State, Saint Louis, Oklahoma State and Memphis, respectively. That's a dangerous 2-seed, a Big Ten powerhouse, a top-tier mid-major and two under-the-radar programs that could make noise in March.
Throw in an intriguing 8-9 (Colorado State-Missouri) and 7-10 (Creighton-Cincinnati) matchups, along with the Pac-12 champion, and the Big East tournament champs have their hands full.
Our FOX Sports South college basketball team--Zach Dillard, Jay Clemons and Cory McCartney--convened to talk about the potential pitfalls for Louisville in this region, as well as other top storylines. Here are the highlights: