The Best- and Worst-Case Scenarios for the Top 20 Teams in the Tournament

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The Best- and Worst-Case Scenarios for the Top 20 Teams in the Tournament
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Bubble buzz and early-round upsets make for nice chitchat, but the NCAA tournament is won and lost at the top.

Since the field expanded to 64 in 1985, all but seven of the 112 Final Four participants have been seeded fifth or higher.

So if you've got your eye on the endgame, these 20 teams are the ones that deserve your attention.

That in mind, we've taking a closer look at every top-five seed, predicting how each might flourish or flail in the March melee ahead.

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