Sean Singletary is particularly tough, and if he can overcome first-time tournament nerves, the Cavaliers should be fine against America East champion Albany. But everyone knows how Albany scared the heck out of Connecticut a year ago, and with Jamar Wilson leading the way, the Great Danes still have some bite.
How good is life for Rick Pitino? He takes Louisville from its projected spot in the Big East basement to a second-place regular-season finish, then watches the Cardinals get placed in Pitino's old stomping grounds of Lexington for the first two rounds, insuring plenty of red in the stands at Rupp Arena.
Stanford has plenty of size to make Louisville worry, but it was not a good team down the stretch and was lucky to Dance. Look out for the singular Cardinal -- in 2008. For now, it will get plenty of experience on what it's like to play in front of a "neutral" (yeah, right) NCAA crowd.
A piece of advice for this tournament -- do not mess with the Law. Texas A&M has a lot of positive attributes -- a great coach in Billy Gillespie, terrific defensive presence, and experienced players without fear.
Most of all, it's got Acie Law IV. No one in the country has hit more big shots. Whatever opponents do, it must put two or three guys on Law if the game is close at the end. And he still might drain the jumper. Perennial Ivy League champion Pennsylvania had the misfortune of drawing the Aggies on Thursday and won't stay for long.
Nevada's rampage through the WAC was good enough to get them into the AP Top 10 at one point this season. Any team with Nick Fazekas clogging the paint would be good, but when he was injured, guard Marsellus Kemp put up big numbers and the Wolf Pack kept winning.