NCAA Tournament Brackets: Picking the Top 4 Seeds in All 4 Regions

Trevor Lowry@@TheTrevorLowryContributor IMarch 7, 2012

NCAA Tournament Brackets: Picking the Top 4 Seeds in All 4 Regions

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    The NCAA tournament is about to kick off, but before it can begin, the tournament field needs to be selected. Although this week is all about the bubble teams and which names will get called on Selection Sunday, the top four teams in each region are already comfortably in the tournament.

    Although conference tournaments will play a big role on every seed, let's take a look at what the top four seeds in each region will look like as of now. 

    Which teams will join Kentucky and Syracuse as No. 1 seeds? That and many other questions will be answered in this article.

South Region (Atlanta) No. 1-4

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    No. 1 Kentucky Wildcats

    This should come at no surprise to anyone. Kentucky's only loss this season came against a very hot Indiana team by way of the buzzer-beater. 

    Kentucky has beaten Kansas, North Carolina, Louisville, Vanderbilt (twice) and Florida (twice) this year. Not to mention, they swept through the SEC regular season. 

    Anthony Davis is arguably the best player in the nation, and he plays on the best team in the nation. 


    No. 2 Ohio State Buckeyes

    The Buckeyes were a little sloppy at the end of their schedule, but they closed out the regular season with a huge victory over Michigan State on the Spartans' home court.

    Ohio State was probably not expecting to finish the regular season with six losses, but the Big Ten was very tough on them. The Buckeyes even lost to two unranked opponents in conference play.

    Outside of the conference, the Buckeyes had two very convincing wins over Florida and Duke. However, they did lose to Kansas.


    No. 3 Georgetown Hoyas

    Finishing fourth in the Big East is kind of a big deal. Outside of the conference, the Hoyas only suffered one loss to the Kansas Jayhawks. 

    Georgetown does have some big wins on the year though, including victories over Alabama, Louisville, Memphis (twice), Marquette and Notre Dame.

    A decent run in the Big East tourney will ensure Georgetown a No. 3 seed.


    No. 4 Florida Gators

    The Gators have lost three games in a row, but if you watched them at all this season, you should know that they are easily one of the top 20 teams in the country.

    It is true that they live and die with the three-ball, but the Gators are usually very proficient at knocking down shots from behind the arc.

    Florida's signature wins include victories over Alabama, Vanderbilt and Mississippi State. 

East Region (Boston) No. 1-4

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    No. 1 Syracuse Orange

    Syracuse only lost one game in arguably the toughest conference in all of college basketball. For this reason, the Orange didn't need a tough out-of-conference schedule. 

    Bottom line, Syracuse is 30-1 on the year. That calls for a No. 1 seed.


    No. 2 North Carolina Tar Heels

    North Carolina certainly made a case for a No. 1 seed by crushing Duke at Cameron Indoor, but the Tar Heels aren't quite there yet. If they are crowned the ACC tournament champs then they will definitely get a top seed, but it hasn't happened yet.

    UNC doesn't get a nod for a No. 1 seed because it doesn't have as many quality wins as Duke. The Tar Heels only have two wins over top 10 teams, while the Blue Devils have four.  


    No. 3 Michigan Wolverines

    Michigan has beaten all of the best teams in the Big Ten this year including Indiana, Wisconsin, Michigan State and Ohio State. That alone is a tremendous feat.

    Not to mention, the Wolverines had a 13-5 record, which tied them for first in the conference.


    No. 4 Wichita State Shockers

    So what if the Shockers are a Mid-Major? That does not mean they aren't good. Wichita State's quality wins on the year are victories over UNLV and Creighton. Those wins may not be the most impressive in the world, but talent-wise, the Shockers are just as good as anyone.

    This team is capable of making a big run in this year's tournament. 

West Region (Phoenix) No. 1-4

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    No. 1 Duke Blue Devils

    There are probably many people out there that would not agree with Duke earning a No. 1 seed, but hear me out.

    Duke has four wins this year over top ten teams including Michigan, Michigan State, Kansas and North Carolina. Besides Michigan, the teams just listed have a chance at a No. 1 seed this year. 

    Whoever wins the ACC tournament should get a No. 1 seed. The rubber match between Duke and North Carolina is likely be decided in the championship game.


    No. 2 Missouri Tigers

    If it weren't for an amazing comeback by Kansas, Missouri would have won the Big 12 regular season title. 

    The Tigers have their fair share of quality wins this year. Missouri beat Notre Dame, Baylor (twice) and Kansas.

    Missouri may very well be the best three-point shooting team in the country thanks to its amazing guards.


    No. 3 Marquette Golden Eagles

    Marquette finished second in the Big East this year. This is impressive no matter who you are. 

    The Golden Eagles have two players nearly averaging 18 points per game in Jae Crowder (17.6) and Darius Johnson-Odom (18.3). These two players have led Marquette to victories over Wisconsin, Notre Dame, Louisville and Georgetown.

    The Golden Eagles may not be as good as Syracuse, but they certainly can give them a run for their money.


    No. 4 Indiana Hoosiers

    Everyone remembers the Hoosiers. Well, the Bloomington Boys are once again an elite team in college basketball.

    Indiana shocked the world by beating a pair of top teams this year in the Ohio State Buckeyes and Kentucky Wildcats.

    If it wasn't for Indiana, Kentucky would be undefeated. The Hoosiers went under the radar for awhile, but after upsetting Michigan, they are back and deserving of a high seed. 

Midwest Region (St. Louis) No. 1-4

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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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