Yes, as a 1 seed we should beat any other lower seed. But I think if we play Loyola in the 3 or 4th round, we are at a different team level. We are past the nervousness of getting past the first weekend and our first tourney in 8 years. We are more settled in.
I’d say we are more ready to play a better team the further we go in the tournament. Mentally, for an inexperienced tournament team, You aren’t ready to play a 3 seed in round 2, as a 1 seed. You are ready to play an 8 seed.
We did get outcoached and outplayed, but the seeding played a role and that is very frustrating. Fair seeding plays a role and it hurt us. In my opinion.