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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

COME ON BALD EAGLE EVAN TURNER WAS A BEAST AS SOON AS HE GOT BACK FROM BEING HURT. YOU THINK THATS A FLUKE SEE HOW GOOD SHRYL DOES IN THE NBA AND HOW GOOD EVAN TURNER DOES. AND DID YOU FORGET THAT ONE TINY BUZZER BEATER TO WIN THE BIG TEN????!!! U WONT BE SAYIN ANYTHING ABOUT SHERYL BEING BETTER THAN TURNER WHEN OHIO STATE BEATS KU IN THE ELITE8!

R U serios?! Ha Ha, your funny:)

how many times has sheryl choked? missing a layup at the end of the game vs umass. UMASSSSSSSSSSSS!

your welcome

evan turner is a pushover go sherron collins

I think the Final Four will be Ohio State v. Syracuse and Kentucky v. Duke. The finals will be Syracuse and Kentucky, I got Kentucky winning 90-85 in OT:]

no way...Final 4 is Syracuse vs. Kansas and Villinova vs. West Virginia...Kentuck wont even make it 2 the final 4 bcuz they have no braket experience and are the worst 3 point shootin team

My final four is

G'town vs Pitt
Kentucky vs W. Virginia

My finals are

G'town vs Kentucky

Champ

Kentucky

thats a strange final four

syracuseeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!mmmmmmmmmmmmmhhhhhhhhhhhhhhmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

My Final Four

Butler VS Ohio St.

Because Butler is going to beat Syracuse and pitt but Pitt is my team

WVU VS Duke
Final

WVU VS Ohio St.

Winner:WVU

those games you mentioned were the only hard games they played all year! butler is in the horizon conference. CORNELL could probably go undefeated in the horizon league. no offense to cornell, i have them getting upset over temple in the first round.
my final four:

kstate vs. ohio state
west virginia vs. duke

my champ:
wvu over ksu by 5 in the national championship

Footballboy29 Butler Beat Ohio St. 74-66, and the beat xavier 69-68. They only losed four game this season. I love pitt but I don't think they will beat Butler but they have a chase to beat Syracuse like they did all ready this season. And if WVU can won the big east championship with Pitt, Nova, Syracuse,and Georgetown they can win March Madness. GO PITTSBURGH PANTHERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

No way that's gonna happen. Butler could never beat Syracuse and Pitt. I have to agree, Pitt is my team. My Final Four is Kansas vs. Pitt and Kentucky vs. Villanova. Yeah, Nova wins against Duke. My final is Kansas vs. Kentucky. Champ is Kentucky. John Wall is MVP. My friend is probably the biggest fan of WVU, but he only put them to the Elite Eight.

you guys are so sad

I hate Kansas sooo bad.

dear super silver and bald eagle,

THE END OF KUS SEASON WILL HAPPEN IN THE ELITE 8

no way ku is makin it, this year. they have ohio st, maryland, georgetown, tennessee, and michigan st.

kansas is great whatever team u like stinks

same here can you believe it

Pullen is a beast

udaman baseballboy 2086 ksu is in the championship!!

im going to a couple of games

Kstate is going to go far

HOCKY HERO UR SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO WRONG
KSU WILL BE IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP

No way WVU or Ohio St. is going to win.

Go GT!!! I'm rooting for them all the way!

they will probably have to get past Tennessee though but anybody on that side of the bracket has a legitimate chance

me too!!!!!!!!!!! GO GT!!!!!! :D

Why didn't Mississippi State make the tournement they lost to kentucky by 1 point they deserved to make the tournement

totally how does florida get in they had no quality wins

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