In a year full of parity, the number one seeds of the 2022 tournament still have all eyes on their programs. The four teams who have earned the right to be the number one team in their region will have a stiff test to make the journey to New Orleans. Let’s break down every one seed and make a case for each program cutting down the nets when it is all said and done.
— Gonzaga Basketball (@ZagMBB) March 17, 2022
Let’s start with the number one overall seed, the Gonzaga Bulldogs. Now picture me saying that last sentence in my best Gus Johnson voice. The Bulldogs were once the darlings of March Madness but have grown into a powerhouse we see every March. The program is still searching for that first elusive National Championship, and some say this year’s edition of the program could be the best in its history. Can the Bulldogs finally reach the pinnacle of the college basketball world?
— Baylor Men’s Basketball (@BaylorMBB) March 17, 2022
College basketball does not see a lot of repeat champions. The last time this happened was when the Florida Gators went back to back in the mid-’00s. The Baylor Bears look to defy the odds and cut down the nets again this season. With a potential 2021 National Championship rematch looming in the Final Four with Gonzaga, the Bears have as much to prove as any other one seed in this tournament.
CHAMPS! AGAIN! 🏆🏆 pic.twitter.com/7Cz247whfp
— Arizona Basketball (@ArizonaMBB) March 13, 2022
I’ll admit, I’m an East coast American who doesn’t pay much attention to the PAC-12. However, that doesn’t mean that the PAC-12 isn’t putting a good product on the floor. The conference had three teams make the Elite-8 last season and look to have another strong March with the Wildcats making a run for the gold. Arizona may not get the coverage they deserve, but I think that’s how they like it.
Stage is set. pic.twitter.com/BNeXYK52ot
— Kansas Men’s Basketball (@KUHoops) March 16, 2022
This year, the lone blue blood on the one line is the Kansas Jayhawks. The second team from the Big-12 to be on the one line, the Jayhawks have had a year that involved them losing by 30 at home and culminated with the team winning the conference championship. It’s been a while since the Jayhawks cut down the nets in March. 2022 could be the year of the Jayhawk.