Ignore the seed, look at the draw.
For UConn, a No. 7 seed in the East in Buffalo, it doesn't look as terrible as getting a No. 7 seed would suggest.
The Huskies will face a rough first round game with Atlantic 10 tournament champion St. Joseph's on Thursday with a potential matchup with Villanova on Saturday.
Regardless, UConn coach Kevin Ollie told reporters that he likes the seed, though the Huskies were seeded lower than expected and the American got little respect from the NCAA committee.
"I don't know what the criteria is," Ollie said. "It's always different. I feel bad for Larry Brown."
Ollie is happy with the Huskies. UConn will have a coin-flip game against St. Joseph's and Villanova is the Big East regular season champ, but the game is in Buffalo and feeds to Madison Square Garden. What more can the Huskies ask?
"This is their prize for having a great season and a great postseason," Ollie said Sunday. "We'll see what we do to our prize."
UConn was banned from the NCAAs last year, and that wore on the team and players. UConn won a national title in 2011, was a first round exit in 2012 and was ineligible last year. With all that's happened with ban, coaching change and then the split from the Big East to the AAC, UConn is back in the NCAAs.
That's enough to make Ollie happy for his players, regardless of seed.
"Just to see name back up there, knowing what these kids been through last year, going to Buffalo, it will be a exciting time for these guys," Ollie said. "Can't wait to step out on the court on Thursday...It's been a great journey. Some dark days,...I am just so proud of the guys."