If there was ever a year to enter a wacky NCAA tournament bracket in your office pool — which of course your office doesn’t have, because they’re illegal; we sure don’t have one at The Post, no sirree — this is it. I don’t think this is the year a 16 seed beats a No. 1 — although we don’t know the 16s or all the 1s yet — but I think anything else could happen. Anything.
What do we know about the state of college hoops as February winds to a close? We know the B1G is the best conference in the country. We know Indiana will get a No. 1 seed. We know former George Mason coach and local favorite Jim Larranaga will not have to sweat out the Selection Show, waiting for his team’s name to be called. We know we don’t understand what’s going on with Maryland. (We’re in good company; “I just don’t understand it,” Mark Turgeon said after the Terps lost to Boston College on Tuesday night.)
Everything else is anyone’s guess. Indiana is a very good team; everyone else seems almost good only by comparison to a lot of lesser teams. Miami has lost three games; the most inexplicable was to Florida Gulf Coast, but that was in November. Two came over Christmas break.
Kansas inexcusably lost three straight, including at Texas Christian and another at Allen Fieldhouse against Oklahoma State. Florida has lost four games, all away from home, two in December and most recently in Columbia, Mo., where the Tigers are unpleasant to play. Of Duke’s three losses, only the one at Comcast Center likely will hurt it in the seeding March 17.