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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

ChargerChamp72 i think ur mixed up. thats KANSAS on the tough side of the bracket. you know, i never noticed that before!! another reason why kansas probably wont win!!! YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D

what is with everybody lovin' these two teams?????!!!!!!!

there is no experience on kentucky

and ku has the toughest road to the final four

ku has the hardest side of the bracket. they have ohio state, georgetown, and maryland, oh yeah and michigan state. four very hard teams. ku is good, dont get me wrong but they can't prevail because they would most likely have to beat maryland or ohio st. ku is not making it this year.
KSU IS SO MAKING IT TO THE CHAMPIONSHIP, THEY CAN BEAT SYRACUSE W/ ONUAKU HURT KSU VERSUS WEST VIRGINIA IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP. THAT WILL BE THE BEST DEFENSIVE GAME IN THE HISTORY OF COLLEGE BASKETBALL!!!!!!

kentucky fried chicken is more like it when they face kansas

kentuckey vs kansas winer kansas

Evan Turner is OSU whole team, but I'll say that he is a pretty good player

yup

I think Purdue is overrated they make second round but will get beat by Texas A&M Also because I hate PU one of my friends at school is saying they are going to win it all so I want them to lose!!!!!

SIENA WILL BE THE UPSET SPECIAL IN THIS YEAR'S BIG DANCE THEY WILL BE IN THE SWEET 16 THEY WILL BEAT PURDUE IN THE FIRST ROUND AND TEXAS A&M IN THE SECOND ROUND
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you have a weird friend at school...

robbie hummell is out for the season. and where was juwan johnson in the big ten tourney?! they wont even make it to the second round!!

Here is my Final Four:
Kansas v.s Syracuse
WV v.s Duke,sorry Kentucky fans but they have too young of a team to go to the Final Four.
My Final is:
Kansas v.s Duke
And the winner is Kansas

here is my final four:
Kansas vs Kansas st.
notre dame vs kentucky i am abig UNC FAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GET THEM BLUE DEVILS OUT THERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
MY FINAL IS:
kansas vs notre dame notre dame size over powers kentucky's speed
winner kansas

Here is my Final Four:
Kansas v.s Syracuse
WV v.s Duke,sorry Kentucky fans but they have too young of a team to go to the Final Four.
My Final is:
Kansas v.s Duke
And the winner is Kansas

now this is a great person who knowz college basketball thats my final 4 too even though my hometown iz kentucky i think they mite lose....Their sec championship game...Pittyful.. and the team they went 2 ot wit didnt even make it to the big dance..That jus wont do

EVERYONE E-MAIL YOUR FINAL 4 AND PICKS ALONG WITH UPSETS TO THE WIZ BY CLICKING E-MAIL THE EDITOR! GO SYRACUSE GO!

@Wiz is this a contest because its underneath the contests link?Is there a prize?

We're not keeping score on the site this year, SuperstarShortstop. It's more for people who want to print it out and challenge their friends (like me!).

I don't know why everyone obsessed with the buckeyes.
Heck I dont have a problm wth dat either ggggggooooooooobuckeyes!!!!!!!!!!
Evan Turner is a beast did anyone da game vs michigan the 37 footer for buzzerbeater!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!it was like 2...1..Turner shoots he scores!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!OSU!OSU!!OSU!!!OSU!!!!OSU!!!!!OSU!!!!!!!BUCKEYES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
OSU finally final for oh yeah with
Evan Turner
David Lighty
Jon Diebler
William Buford
Dallas Lauderale
Kyle Madison
and more of the buckeye crew
I agree with some people my top to teams wood [for favorites not in mm[march maddness]1#Ohio State 2# syracuse those r my favorite teams ever.
GGGGGOOOOOOBBBBBBBUUUUUUUUUCCCCCCKKKKKKEEEEEEEEEYYYYYYEEEEEESSSSSSSSSS!!!!

Go ohio State!!!!

*CameronCrazie* Duke the best trio. Scheyer,Smith Singular Mr.Super, Sensational,and another which Dick Vitale says

FinalCrunch, one word:
How?

i have them as the Nat'l Champ. plus, duke is in my area.

Go Devils! i dont have them winning, but i have them losing to Siena in the elite 8

John Wall is leading Kentucky all the way!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

No Way
OSU-They have EVEN TURNER!!!!!!!
I don't see john wall hit a 37 foot game winning shot any time soon

THEY ARE GOOD, BUT WHERE'S THE EXPERIENCE THEY HAD LAST YEAR EVEN THOUGH THEY DID NOT DOO VERY GOOD? THE LEADERSHIP AND EXPERIENCE OF JODIE MEEKS WOULD BE VERY HELPFUL SO THE FRESHMEN DO NOT GET OVERWHELMED!!!!

GO KSTATE

what up about Kansas man they are beast especially sherron collins

look at the bracket man!!! ku has ohio state, maryland, michigan state, georgetown, and tennessee who beat them in the regular season.

Evan turner is by far the best player in the NCAA. LEAD THE BUCKEYES 2 THE CHAMPIONSHIP! 84-79 Bucks vs Kentucky!

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