College Hoops: Best Team in the Country

John LewisSenior Writer IMarch 7, 2008

Everyone knows the top two teams in the country are North Carolina and UCLA, but will one of these teams be the last man standing at the end?  

UCLA is coming off a huge overtime win against Stanford to claim the PAC-10 title and North Carolina is playing Duke on Saturday to decide the ACC, but what about the other teams looking for postseason success?

Memphis, Tennessee, Kansas and Duke are the other teams that have the best chance to cut down the net, but first let's breakdown No.1 and No. 2.

North Carolina is playing their best basketball of the season and a win at Duke should all but wrap up a number one seed in the East region. The Tar Heels are 10-0 on the road and a number one seed is important because they would play their first four games in the state of North Carolina. UNC could reach the Final Four without leaving its home state

UCLA is almost certainly the number one seed in the West region. This will allow the Bruins to play their first two games in Anaheim. With freshman Kevin Love and upperclassmen Darren Collison and Josh Shipp, the Bruins look like the team to beat.

So that leaves us with the other four front runners. Memphis should be the number one seed in the South and have an easy route to at least the Elite Eight.  I don't see them going any further then that though. Their lack of schedule strength makes it hard to think they are going to win it all.

Tennessee is looking like a one seed in the Midwest and shoo in for the Elite Eight. They have regrouped from their loss at Vanderbilt and senior guard Chris Lofton, who has struggled at times, wants to go out a winner. The SEC Conference Tournament will give the rest of the country an idea of how good Vols will be in the Big Dance.

Kansas, who many experts have as a two seed in the South region, has looked strong at times and has a key game coming up Saturday against Texas A&M. This team could make a run at the Final Four with Brandon Rush, Mario Chalmers and Darnell Jackson.     

That leaves us with the Blue Devils of Duke. Key wins this year against UNC and Wisconsin give this young team a shot at making a run. The lone senior, DeMarcus Nelson, will have to come up big against hated rival North Carolina and provide leadership deep into the postseason. 

To sum it all up, I look for UNC and UCLA to play for the title. As far as who's going to win, that's always hard to predict. But for the second year in a row, we should see two number one seeds in the final.

We all know the madness that March brings, however, and that means anything can happen.