NCAA Tournament 2012: Which Teams Will Get the Top Seeds?

Justin KeithCorrespondent IMarch 9, 2012

LEXINGTON, KY - DECEMBER 20:  John Calipari the head coach of the Kentucky Wildcats gives instructions to his team during the game against the Samford Bulldogs at Rupp Arena on December 20, 2011 in Lexington, Kentucky.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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As conference tournaments are in full swing, all eyes are on bubble teams looking to clinch a spot in the NCAA Tournament.

But one of the bigger stories of this week is about what teams will earn the four No. 1 seeds in the big dance.

Although many teams have made great cases so far this season, it may come down to their performances over the next few of days.

After this week, these four teams will cement No. 1 seeds:



There is no doubt that Kentucky is the best team in the nation right now. Coach Calipari has them playing at a very high level, and they will be tough to beat come tourney time.

Few teams, if any, can compete with the size and athleticism that Kentucky has in Anthony Davis, Terrence Long and Doron Lamb.

Kentucky has played their way to an undisputed No. 1 seed heading into March Madness.



Syracuse, like Kentucky, has been very consistent this season and have been near the top of the Top 25 poll all season.

Jim Boeheim has the Orange playing stingy zone defense and has many veteran playmakers that he can call upon at the end of games.

Scoop Jardine, Kris Joseph and Brandon Triche will provide valuable NCAA tourney experience that they hope will carry them to their first National Championship since Carmelo Anthony played for the Orange.


North Carolina

After their statement win over rival Duke, North Carolina may have clinched one of the No. 1 seeds.

Roy Williams has had his Tar Heels playing inspired basketball over the past couple of weeks and the Heels are poised to make another deep run into the Final Four.

Barring a disastrous performance in their matchup against Maryland in the quarterfinal game of the ACC tourney, North Carolina has earned a spot as one of the No. 1 seeds with statement wins over Duke, Wisconsin and Virginia.



A case can be made for Kansas to be in this spot, but the nod goes to Missouri. Missouri has had an outstanding season under new coach, Frank Haith.

Although they split the season series with Kansas, Missouri won both matchups with Baylor and also earned wins over Cal and Illinois, who were both in the Top 25 at the time.

With a win over Kansas in today's in their conference tournament today, Missouri will prove they belong as a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tourney.