On Wednesday I wondered, while watching the UNC/Duke game, if I had a dog in the fight. I always like it when Duke loses because that's simply an innate human emotion. On the other hand my friend is a UNC fan and few things are more natural than wanting your friend's team to do poorly, and for him to suffer. So I tried to make this a rational rather than an emotional exercise.
At the time the best thing I could come up with was this: If the Cards were to finish the season as they ought to and UConn dropped a couple, the cards could get a one seed. Armed with this fantasy, I decided that I wanted UNC to win because if the cards can secure a 1 seed the last thing I want is some joker on the selection committee putting a 2 seed tar heel team in the same bracket with a 1 seed cardinal team. Because I could totally see that happening.
Two days removed from that fantastical equation, I wish I had rooted for Duke instead. I say this because I think the cards are going to have a tough time now making a case for a 1 seed. Anything short of winning out AND winning the BET and we are best case a 2 seed. And the only reason I think winning the Big East will do it is that UConn will deserve a 1 seed, but I don't think they can give a top seed to a team that doesn't win the conf (unless the winning team also gets a 1 seed). Though I could be wrong. And if we get a 2 seed and UNC gets the 1 seed, I'd bet a body part that the committee won't be able to stop itself from setting up a rematch of last year's elite eight.
Granted, there is a lot of hot water between us and even a two seed at this point, but I'm going to keep the cup half full and continue to use my ample imagination and limited math skills to try and promote our sketchy two seed to a very impressive one seed. Lunardi be damned.
PS - it sure wouldn't hurt my feelings if WVU beats 'Nova tonight.