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NCAA Tournament Bracket is Set 212

Posted: March 14, 2010, 4:48 PM ; Updated: March 15, 2010, 2:19 PM

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Kansas, Kentucky, Duke and Syracuse have earned No. 1 seeds for the NCAA tournament.

No. 1 Kansas, seeking its second national championship in three years, won the Big 12 tournament on Saturday by beating Kansas State and enters the tournament at 32-2. The Jayhawks are a No. 1 seed for the third time in four years.

Kentucky, which knocked off Mississippi State 75-74 in overtime to win the SEC tournament in Nashville, is 32-2 under first-year coach John Calipari after missing the NCAA tournament last year.

Duke shared the ACC regular season with Maryland and won the ACC tournament with a 65-61 win over Georgia Tech.

There was speculation when Syracuse lost its first game in the Big East tournament to Georgetown that the Orange might lose their chance at a No. 1 seed, but their 28-4 record and regular season Big East championship proved to be enough for the selection committee.

If the seeds hold, Kansas will face Syracuse in one national semifinal, with Duke and Kentucky playing in the other.

Kansas is in the Midwest Region and will face No. 16 seed Lehigh on Thursday in Oklahoma City. The No. 2 seed in the Midwest is Big Ten champ Ohio State.

Syracuse, the West's No. 1 seed, opens the tournament Friday in nearby Buffalo against Vermont. Kansas State is the No. 2 seed in the West.

Kentucky will open against East Tennessee State on Thursday in New Orleans in the East Region. West Virginia, which was considered a possible No. 1 seed after winning the Big East tournament, is the No. 2.

Duke plays the winner of Arkansas-Pine Bluff and Winthrop on Friday in Jacksonville, with Villanova holding the No. 2 seed in the South Region.

Since the NCAA tournament expanded to 64 teams in 1985, a No. 1 seed has been crowned national champion in 15 of the 25 tournaments, including the last three. Duke has been a No. 1 seed 10 times during that span, winning the national title in 1992 and 2001.

Kansas and Kentucky are in a familiar role. This is the ninth time the Jayhawks have been a No. 1 seed since 1985, and KU won the 2008 national championship as a No. 1 seed. KU struggled in the 1990s as a No. 1 seed, never advancing past the Sweet 16 despite being a top seed four times.

Kentucky claimed its eighth No. 1 seed since 1985 and won the 1996 national championship as a No. 1 seed. The last time the Wildcats were a No. 1 seed, Tubby Smith's team was upset by UAB in the second round in 2004.

This is the first time Syracuse has been a No. 1 seed since the tournament went to 64 teams. The Orange won the 2003 national championship as a No. 3 seed.

Virginia Tech, Mississippi State, Rhode Island and Illinois were teams that likely were the closest to making the NCAA tournament without getting invited. The highest seeded at-large bids went to UTEP and Utah State.

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212 Comments

It's sad,don't you think

KANSAS LOST TO NORTH IOWA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LOL!

how do they end up losing to teams they should have beat every other year?
first it was bucknell then it was bradley and now UNI
I just do not beleive it

my final 4:

kansas loss to kentucky, 112-108, OT.

syracuse beats duke, 120-70.

champz game: kentucky wins it all, 99-85

by the way, VILLINOVA LOST TO SAINT MARYS!!:D NOVA IS TERRIBLE!!!:):D!!!

Hows the arkansas pine bluff win over Duke going for ya Wiz?! Yeah right!

You want me to tell you whose going to win? KENTUCKY WILDCATS!! NOT KANSAS! I mean they got John Wall and Demarcus Cousins, the PERFECT big man and point guard combo! Final Four= Kansas, Kentucky, Syracuse, and sadly, Villanova, not Duke. Duke will lose to Villanova in Elite 8. AND Villanova has Scottie Reynolds.

That was my Final4

KANAS LOST TO NORHT IOWA. KENTUCKY WILL LOSS TO WVU. NOVA LOST TO ST. MARY'S THEY STINK. PURDUE BEATS DUKE AND BUTLER KILLS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SYRACUSE

kentucky over time with mississippi st.by one

Lobos all the way!

no waaaaay thats gonna happen not w/ kentucky and wvu on their side of the bracket

ohio state is kinda shaky they shouldnt have had to make a buzzer beater
to win over michigan.

wat r u talkin about????????!!!!!!michigan state is still in it !!!!!!!!jeez!!!!!!!!!!get ur facts right!!!!!!!!!!!!!

thats true but i still think that they can make it to the final four

nobody is gonna come close to scottie renyolds and villanova. nova all
the way!

Your not alone. I picked nova to win but somehow they got beat by a team that got absolutly KILLED by I believe Baylor.

no.villinova stinks!!!they got beat by #10 seed st mary's!!!!!!!!......

no

YEAH RIGHT!

really??? because i though that villanova just barely got past ROBERT MORRIS in OVERTIME!!

ANY REASONS WHY DUKE CANT MAKE IT TO THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP? THE ONLY ONE I CAN THINK OF IS THAT BRIAN ZOUBEK IS HARDLY EVER CONSISTENT. BUT EVERYBODY CAN SEE THAT SCHEYER AND SINGLER CAN OVERCOME THAT THOUGH. THEY WON THE ACC!

I agree Scheyer is awesome, but Zoubek can really hurt Duke's chances. Singler is pretty good too.

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK U!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! FINNALY SOMEONE WHO AGREES WITH ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D
(thanks again. he he)

WHY DOES NOBODY LIKE WEST VIRGINIA! THEY SO HAVE WHAT IT TAKES TO GO ALL THE WAY
FINAL FOUR:
KSTATE VS OHIO ST.
WEST VIR. VS DUKE

OK?! WEIRD?!!

HOW ABOUT THE UPSETS TODAY
MURRAY STATE OVER VANDY
OHIO OVER GEORGETOWN BY 13 POINTS WAS THE BIGGEST ONE B/C A LOT OF PEOPLE WERE PICKING MURRAY STATE AS THE UPSET SPECIAL IN THAT GAME.

NEITHER OF THOSE TEAMS WILL MAKE IT TO THE SWEET 16 THOUGH BUT I THINK SIENA CAN GET TO THE SWEET 16

my final four is:Syracuse Duke Kentucky Kansas Kansas and Kentucky in championship Kansas wins The End

too late for that pick ku lost remember

i bet you just went by the seeds. seriously, you cant do any better than that? sorry if i am giving you a hard time, but there is a major upset alert this year. things arent always as they seem. :)

wow... what a unique bracket...
(not!)

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