Kevin Sweeney (Kevin Sweeney): How much all four No. 1 seeds struggled to reach the finals. It's certainly not uncommon for top seeds to be eliminated early in tournaments, but Baylor's elimination by UNC and the fact that all three other No. 1 seeds saw their tournament lives flash before their eyes served as a stark reminder of the level of parity in this year's field. Gonzaga got everything it could handle from a Memphis team that played outstanding basketball down the stretch, Kansas struggled to play tic tac toe get past a Creighton team that was severely shorthanded, and Arizona was one foul call away from returning home after losing to TCU in the first weekend. When you factor in the fact that two No. 2 seeds were eliminated, it was a difficult first weekend for the top seeds in this tournament.