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Wacky Bracket 2013: The Inaugural Edition

Where will a Nerlens Noel-less Kentucky end up in One and One's first wacky bracket? (Andy Lyons/Getty Images) Where will a Nerlens Noel-less Kentucky end up in One and One's first wacky bracket? (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

What-ifs are a huge part of what makes the NCAA tournament selection process so intriguing. The committee has to account for so many blips in performance due to injury, suspension, transfers, home/road disparity, scheduling, etc. as fans do their best to educate the media as to why their team should be granted exceptions for poor performances. "Just take out Game X and Y and we're a lock," they cry. "We beat Team Z by 25!"

OK, fine. Have it your way. Your team now gets to exhibit only its top characteristics in its quest for bracket seeding, and every team lands the most favorable regional location available. The one hitch? Every other team gets the same benefit. Welcome to the Wacky Bracket, where no small-conference champ upsets anyone because every big team is at their best. Here's what the Round of 32 looks like.

MIDWEST (Indianapolis)EAST (Washington, D.C.)
1. "Last Year or Next Year" Kentucky1. November Duke
8. "Better Luck vs. Kansas" Iowa State8. "Different Class Schedule" Harvard
5. "Making 3s" Illinois5. Wells Fargo Center Villanova
4. Overtime Notre Dame4. Buzzer-Beater Butler
6. C-USA-Only Memphis6. "No Trash Cans" Kansas State
3. "Good Appling" Michigan State3. "Forcing Turnovers" VCU
7. Wells/Lyons Xavier7. Postseason-Eligible UConn
2. "Avoided Gulfs and Pacific Islands" Miami2. "Post-Whittington" Georgetown
WEST (Los Angeles)SOUTH (Arlington)
1. Healthy Louisville1. "Not In A Close Game" Florida
8. Non-conference Minnesota8. "Post-Monty Shove" California
5. "Secondary scorer shows up" Ohio State5. Home Arkansas
4. "Better Conference" Gonzaga4. Home Missouri
6. "T.J. McConnell-eligible" Arizona6. "More disciplined" UNLV
3. "Making Jumpers" Syracuse3. "Steady point guard" Kansas
7. "Since Josh Smith" UCLA7. "Non-CAA" Virginia
2. "This Resume in Another League" New Mexico2. "Hitting on all cylinders" Michigan

Who do you think would make the Final Four in Atlanta? Which no-flaw teams did we leave out? Get the discussion started by tweeting at @AndyGlockner or @SI_NCAABB.

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