I decided to look at the strength of each region by looking at the top 12, top 8 and top 4 teams in each region. The committee did a pretty good job of getting the really bad teams down in the bottom 4 seeds, so don't look for too many upsets there. To create the ratings, I just took Pomeroy's rank for each team and added them up. This isn't exact since the gap between say 10 and 11 might be larger than 9 and 10, but it's a pretty good estimate. For play-in games of 11/12 seeds, I just averaged their ratings. Lower numbers mean stronger regions. Top 12 South: 333 East: 331 West: 326 Midwest: 325 Not much difference here. Committee did a pretty good job. Top 8 South: 120 East: 163 West: 151 Midwest: 131 Yikes. This means the committee did a bad job by putting too many strong teams in 1-8 of the South region. Is it 1-4 that's too strong or 5-8? Top 4 South: 43 East: 43 West: 41 Midwest: 28 Ouch. Wichita St got screwed. All of the other regions are very equal. It's also clear that teams 5-8 are too strong in our region while teams 9-12 are too weak, none of which we are likely to face anyway. The culprits in the South are VCU, Pittsburgh, and OSU, who are all underseeded. VCU is probably not so much though because of the injury. The good thing about stronger lower seeds is they knock out other teams making your road easier. Since the strongest lower seed is most likely to face in the 2nd round, Pittsburgh, we're not catching a break. But with Kansas having Embiid out, our bracket is pretty weak overall. The midwest, though, contains a 4 of the top 14 teams and 3 of the top 7.