Commentary

North Carolina has a tough road

The path to Houston is harder for some than for others

Updated: March 14, 2011, 11:24 AM ET
By John Gasaway | ESPN Insider
Harrison BarnesBob Donnan/US PresswireThe North Carolina Tar Heels have a difficult road to the Final Four.

With the field now in place, 68 teams received good news last night. Then again there's a difference between being named the No. 1 overall seed (congratulations, Ohio State) and being told you're going to play Kansas in Tulsa (sorry, Boston University).

There are some teams that simply face tougher roads to the Final Four than others, even among the higher seeds. Between the extremes of the Buckeyes and Terriers, here are three of the easiest paths through the first weekend, as well as three teams who have a very tough slog ahead of them.