On Sunday afternoon, the Selection Committee announced the 68 teams taking part in the NCAA Tournament this season. The Duke Blue Devils took home the No. 1 overall seed after getting a healthy Zion Williamson back on the floor.
Two other ACC programs locked down No. 1 seeds, as North Carolina and regular-season champion Virginia joined the Blue Devils. The only non-ACC No. 1 seed came out of the West in the form of the Gonzaga Bulldogs.
In the immediate aftermath of the bracket release, media companies all over the country wrote up columns about the tournament. Some were better than others.
One paper placed a local school in the tournament as a No. 1 seed.
A paper from Marshalltown, Iowa penciled Drake in as a No. 1 seed, rather than Duke. “Drake leads top seeds North Carolina, Virginia and Gonzaga,” the paper wrote.
Check it out.
Underreported: Drake as the overall #1 seed. pic.twitter.com/oSyBTnIEnn
— Keith Murphy (@MurphyKeith) March 19, 2019
It’s an honest mistake, as the paper just went with the hometown favorite, rather than the national favorite.
Drake is just a one-hour drive from Marshalltown and it looks like the editor of the paper had delusions of grandeur when it comes to the Drake basketball team.
While Drake did not make the NCAA Tournament, its season isn’t done just yet. The Bulldogs are headed to the CIT.