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NCAA Tournament Bracket is Set 212

Posted: March 14, 2010, 5:48 PM ; Updated: March 15, 2010, 3:19 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

Go Duke!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

to everyone
the "amen brother" comments are starting to get annoying

Duke is so in the final four

No way duke is totaly over rated they are going to lose in the final four to West Virginia.

Amen Brother!!

I think Syracuse will win playing Baylor in the Championship.

I MEAN BAYLOR'S PRETTY GOOD AND THEY WILL GET TO THE ELITE 8 BUT THERE MAY BE EXPERIENCE BUT NOBODY ON THAT TEAM HAS EVER MADE IT FAR IN THE BIG DANCE. SCOTT DREW WILL BE THE MATURE LEADER UNTIL THE PRESSURE IS REALLY ON IN THE ELITE 8 THEN THEY WILL BE OVERWHELMED

THEN THAT WILL BE THE END FOR THEM

how does baylor get that far.

u can reply me your upsets if u want
duke is in their side of the bracket

Are UU Crazyyy???!!! Kansas Wins Over Kentuckey

Baylor really?u think baylor is going to the championship?that is a little weird. go kansas

why does every body think that kentucky is going to win?
they are the most overrated team in college basketball!
they are just a bunch of bigheaded jerks that throw people to the ground when the refs aren't looking!!
I've seen every game and they do that every game.
because they know they can get away with it because they are popular!!!!!!

Wall and Cousins are ok but no experience

If kentucky is overrated than look at their stats and their record! THEN WELL SEE WHOS OVERRATED!They dont play dirty either!

Kentucky isn't gonna win the championship but they aren't overrated they are just good and your mad!!

wall isn't the only freshman on kentucky cousins is also a freshman and he has a bad temper. leadership is the reason kentucky wont make it this year. they might have a chance next year if wall and cousins do not pro

He or she no college b ball experience at all... Kentucky is just a good team that kan play some ball...so please dont hate on my hometown bcuz we are a great team...

Kentucky is overated. Wall is just a freshman, so he dosn't have the experience.

i agree i want syracuse to win

Ohio state dosent deserce to win the big 10 title. The MINNESOTA GOLDEN GOPHERS deserve to win. They had to beet northwestern, Michigan State and purdue. They demolished purdue.GO GOPHERS!BEAT xavier

THANK YOU bad eagle 61

kalin lucas also still wasn't 100 percent
did you like, uh forget about one tiny little thing.

EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEVVVVVVVVVVVANNNNNNNNNNNNNNN TUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUURRRRNER!!!!!

dude the gophers lost by 20 to ohio state

First, Northwestern isn't even in the big dance. Second, Purdue didn't have their best player-he was injured

kentucky will win

Evan Turner RULEZ!!

2 words sherron colinns

Okay, in the Final Four I've got Kansas over Syracuse, and WVU over Baylor, and in the finals, Kansas over WVU. I know you're thinking "How in the world does WVU beat Kentucky?!?!?!" Well they DON'T!!!! I've got Wisconson over Kentucky, if you can believe that. And even though I gave them a "bow-out" in the second round, GO TEXAS LONGHORNS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I have the same Championship matchup as you

kansas good choice bro

Kentucky's going to win it all if we play like we did against Tennessee. John Wall will take over the game at any point and Demarcus Cousins will always back him up. GO CATS GO!

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