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No. 1 Kansas Jayhawks
It wasn't easy for the Jayhawks, but they won the Big 12 regular season title once again. All it took was a major comeback against the Missouri Tigers at home. Good teams find a way to win, and Kansas surely did in that one.
The Jayhawks are led by Thomas Robinson and Tyshawn Taylor, a star-quality duo that goes for 35.2 points per game.
Kansas deserves a No. 1 seed for its victories over Georgetown, Ohio State, Missouri and Baylor (twice).
No. 2 Michigan State
The Spartans started the season off unranked and with a 0-2 record, but the way Sparty bounced back deserves a lot of credit.
Michigan State had the Big Ten locked up before losing its last two games of the season against great teams.
The Big Ten beat up on each other this year, with Michigan State knocking off Wisconsin (twice), Indiana, Michigan and Ohio State.
No. 3 Baylor Bears
Coming into the season, Baylor had very high expectations. However, Baylor could not beat Kansas or Missouri this year.
Baylor had some quality out-of-conference wins, but they weren't amazing.
This team still has the talent to make a deep run in the NCAA tournament.
No. 4 Murray State Racers
Murray State is ranked No. 11 in the AP poll and No. 10 in the ESPN/USA poll. They are 30-1 on the year. There are only two other teams with a 30-1 record and both of them will earn a No. 1 seed in the dance this year.
The Ohio Valley Conference definitely does not compare to the big-name conferences, but that should not take everything away from Murray State.
The Racers have beat Harvard, Southern Miss, Memphis and Saint Mary's on the year. Those aren't the greatest teams in the world, but for a mid-major school they are some pretty impressive victories.
Isaiah Caan and the Racers are the real deal.
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