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Can Ohio State avoid the curse of the No. 1 overall seed?
The NCAA Tournament bracket has been revealed and the Ohio State Buckeyes were named the overall No. 1 seed of the tournament. Everyone makes a big deal of the No. 1 overall seed and why shouldn't they?
The overall No. 1 seed was the team with the best season and theoretically has the easiest road to the Final Four. Unfortunately for Buckeyes fans, the No. 1 overall seed actually hasn't fared well over the past seven seasons.
2010 NCAA Tournament
#1 Overall Seed: Kansas Jayhawks
Finish: Lost in Second Round to Northern Iowa
Kansas was the No. 1 overall seed just last year and suffered one of the biggest upsets of the NCAA Tournament. Northern Iowa was a 9 seed, but most basketball fans were not familiar with the Panthers.
The Panthers would shock the Jayhawks with a 69-67 victory.
2009 NCAA Tournament
#1 Overall Seed: Louisville Cardinals
Finish: Lost in Elite Eight to Michigan State
The Louisville Cardinals were awarded the No. 1 seed overall after winning a Big East that featured three of the four No. 1 seeds.
In the second round, Louisville nearly got knocked off by Siena but the Cardinals recuperated and beat Arizona by 39 points the following round. Louisville seemed to be on track but Michigan State then beat Louisville by 12 in the Elite Eight.
2008 NCAA Tournament
#1 Overall Seed: North Carolina Tar Heels
Finish: Lost in Final Four to Kansas
North Carolina rolled through the first four rounds of the NCAA Tournament but the Final Four was not going to be easy because it was the first time all four No. 1 seeds advanced. Everyone was expecting an epic battle between North Carolina and Kansas, but, instead, Kansas won easily by 18 points.
2007 NCAA Tournament
#1 Overall Seed: Florida Gators
Finish: National Champions
One of the reasons the back-to-back National Champion Florida Gators were so impressive is because they were the only team on this list to win the national championship. The Gators won the national championship the previous year, had the bullseye on their back the entire regular season, SEC Tournament and NCAA Tournament but every time they were able to come out victorious.
2006 NCAA Tournament
#1 Overall Seed: Duke Blue Devils
Finish: Lost in Sweet Sixteen to LSU
In 2006, Duke found itself in a familiar spot as a top seed. Duke won pretty easily in the first two rounds but ran into a national championship sleeper in the Sweet Sixteen. LSU was not getting much attention thanks to Tennessee and Florida overshadowing it in the SEC but "Baby Shaq" Glen Davis and Tyrus Thomas were too much for the Blue Devils to handle.
2005 NCAA Tournament
#1 Overall Seed: Illinois Fighting Illini
Finish: Lost in National Championship to North Carolina
Illinois had a magical season that resulted in a 32-1 record. The Illini were the obvious choice for the No. 1 seed overall.
In the NCAA Tournament they picked up where they left off by winning the first five games and advancing to the national championship game. Unfortunately, Illinois ran into a Tar Heels team that was loaded with NBA caliber talent like Sean May, Marvin Williams, Rashad McCants and Raymond Felton.
2004 NCAA Tournament
#1 Overall Seed: Kentucky Wildcats
Finish: Lost in Second Round to UAB
Kentucky won a pretty easy first round game against Florida A&M and it looked like it was on a collision course with Kansas in the Sweet Sixteen. That was until a scrappy group kids from Birmingham threw a wrench into the plans.
With 12.2 seconds left in the game, UAB's Mo Finley hit a 17-foot jumper to give the Blazers a 76-75 lead. Kentucky's Gerald Fitch had an open look at a game-winning shot but missed it to seal the Blazers victory.
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