The beauty of this season may be that there actually is no beauty.
So top seeds, do they matter?
"I don't think a whole lot of 1 seeds are going to be making the Final Four," Wisconsin forward Mike Bruesewitz said. "If they do, it's great, but it's a wide-open thing and anybody can beat anybody on any night."
Advancing teams through your bracket based on coin flips or personal rooting interests may not be a bad idea this season. No. 1 seeds went to Louisville, Kansas, Indiana and Gonzaga.
Sure, Louisville is the hot team -- for now.
The Cardinals earned the No. 1 overall seed and will play the winner of the first-round game between Liberty and North Carolina A&T. They have a favorable path in the Midwest Region, starting in Lexington, Ky., and a potential Sweet 16 game in nearby Indianapolis.
No. 1 Kansas, playing in the South Region, will be going for a title repeat of the 2008 season. This season's Jayhawks don't have their typical stars, but they've regrouped from a February funk to finish strong behind Ben McLemore and Jeff Withey.
The Jayhawks could be eyeing a redemption game in the Sweet 16 against No. 5 VCU after the Rams upset them for a Final Four spot in 2011.
Indiana let the overall No. 1 seed slip away by losing to Wisconsin in the tournament semifinals, but the Hoosiers remain a frightening matchup with some of the most dominant and experienced players in the country. They start in Dayton, Ohio, of the East Region against the winner of the first-round game between LIU Brooklyn and James Madison.
Gonzaga's poor strength of schedule (No. 76, according to CBS Sports and No. 97, according to ESPN) will receive criticism, but the Bulldogs earned a top seed with a 31-2 record and by beating nonconference foes like Kansas State and Oklahoma State.
This is the Zags' chance to silence doubters, playing in the West Region against No. 16 Southern in Salt Lake City.
Duke, Miami and Michigan were all once in the running for top seeds but slipped. The Blue Devils and Miami slipped to the No. 2 line, while Michigan dropped to a No. 4. Duke and Miami are joined on the No. 2 line by Georgetown and Ohio State.