■ Before we take a deep dive into basketball, let's pause briefly for a baseball opinion.
Let's hope new commissioner Rob Manfred re-instates Pete Rose. It's time. Rose has served his penalty. He's waited long enough. After the scourge of steroids, baseball should accept Rose's apology for betting on baseball. Forgiveness is a good thing.
■ My Final Four: Kentucky, Virginia, Iowa State, Wisconsin.
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■ This is the one time of year you have to ask yourself: How can I find TruTV?
■ Keep any eye on Oklahoma, which is well-coached, has good talent and played in a really good league. Would not surprise me to see the Sooners come out of the East.
■ Don't think Duke deserved a No. 1 seed after not winning the ACC regular season or the ACC Tournament.
■ That said, the Blue Devils look to have a cakewalk to the South Region finals.
■ Georgetown didn't deserve a No. 4 seed.
■ Unlike a few others, I don't think Villanova is a bad No. 1 seed. The Wildcats lost just twice. Ken Pomeroy ranks them as the nation's fourth-best offensive team in terms of efficiency and No. 13 on defense.
■ I agree with John Feinstein. Take ADs and commissioners steeped in football off the basketball selection committee and replace them with people who actually know the sport.
Among Feinstein's suggestions: Gary Williams, Denny Crum, Sonny Smith, Nolan Richardson, Bob Ryan and Billy Packer.
■ Sometimes teams that sneak in — aka UCLA and Indiana this year — end up making more noise than expected.
■ I've got Northern Iowa beating Louisville in the East Regional round of 32.
■ Bracket tip: Michigan State has advanced to at least the Sweet 16 in six of the last seven years.
■ Sorry, Racers, but I wouldn't have put Murray State in the NCAA field. It lost by 27 to Xavier and by 35 to Valparaiso.
■ Not surprised Anthony Grant got the pink slip at Alabama. The Crimson Tide played in one NCAA Tournament in Grant's six years. Plus, with Bruce Pearl in the same state, and Nick Saban at the same school, Bama needs someone who can sell basketball. That wasn't Grant.
■ Congrats to ex-Kentucky guard Ryan Harrow and ex-Louisville guard Kevin Ware for helping Georgia State to the NCAA Tournament, proving there is hoops life outside the Bluegrass State.
■ On my Monday list of players who deserve the NCAA Tournament spotlight, should have listed Eastern Washington's Tyler Harvey, the nation's leading scorer at 25 points per game.
■ Were I Matthew Mitchell, I would rather have been a No. 3 seed outside Connecticut's region than a No. 2 inside the UConn region.
■ If you missed it Sunday, Rex Ryan, now head coach of the Buffalo Bills, was waiting in the hallway at Bridgestone Arena to congratulate John Calipari on winning the SEC Tournament. Ryan introduced Cal to his son, Seth, a wide receiver at Clemson.
■ Buffalo Coach Bobby Hurley told a New York television network that Kentucky is deeper than his 1991 and 1992 Duke teams, but the former Blue Devils point guard said UK does not have a player "close to" Christian Laettner or Grant Hill. UK fans answer: Thank goodness.
■ Analytics whiz Nate Silver's Fivethirtyeight site for ESPN gives Kentucky a 41 percent chance of winning the tournament.
■ Tweet from WHAS' Terry Meiners in Louisville: "Because of Ohio River flooding, some 1,500 parking spaces are unavailable for March Madness. Can't the NCAA soak up water with $100 bills?"
■ As for the men, I wrote a few weeks back that Kentucky will indeed go 40-0 and sticking to it.