NCAA Basketball Bracketology: Kansas and Kentucky Losses Open Door for Syracuse

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NCAA Basketball Bracketology: Kansas and Kentucky Losses Open Door for Syracuse
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No. 1 Seeds

Syracuse (Big East), Kansas (Big 12), Kentucky (SEC), Duke (ACC)

Syracuse is looking like the No. 1 team in the country with a dominant win over Villanova. The Orange are in first place in the Big East.

Kansas lost its first Big 12 game at Oklahoma State on Saturday.

Kentucky lost at Tennessee on Saturday. This loss kept Kentucky from clinching first place in the SEC.

Duke is riding an eight-game winning streak. The Blue Devils play Maryland for first place in the ACC on Wednesday.

No.  2 Seeds

Kansas State, Purdue (Big 10), Villanova, Pitt

Kansas State is in second place in the Big 12. The Wildcats have won seven straight games.

Purdue lost to Michigan State on Sunday, dropping into a three-way tie for first place with Ohio State and Michigan State. This loss ended Purdue's 10-game winning streak.

Villanova has lost three of its last four and is in danger of dropping lower in the seedings. The Wildcats are still in second place in the Big East.

Pitt has won six of its last seven. The Panthers are tied with West Virginia for third place in the Big East.

No.  3 Seeds

West Virginia, New Mexico (MWC), Ohio State, Michigan State

West Virginia has won three out of four. The Mountaineers are in a tie for third place in the Big East. 

New Mexico has won 13 straight games. The Lobos clinched first place in the Mountain West with an 83-81 win at BYU.

Ohio State has won three straight games. Evan Turner is looking more and more like Player of the Year.

Michigan State picked up a big win at Purdue on Sunday.

No.  4 Seeds

BYU, Vanderbilt, Tennessee, Wisconsin

BYU's four-game winning streak ended with a 83-81 loss to first place New Mexico.

Vanderbilt survived in overtime against Georgia and then blew out Arkansas in its next game.

Tennessee picked up a huge win over No. 2 Kentucky on Saturday. The Volunteers finish the season with very winnable games against Arkansas and Mississippi State.

Wisconsin has won its last two games. The Badgers play a fairly easy game at home against Iowa on Wednesday.

No.  5 Seeds

Gonzaga (WCC), Temple, Butler (Horizon), Maryland

Gonzaga won the regular season WCC title with an 11-3 record. 

Temple has won its last five games. The Owls are tied for first place in the A-10 with two regular season games remaining.

Butler holds the nation's longest win streak at 18 games. The Bulldogs did not lose once in conference play.

Maryland beat Virginia Tech in double overtime to extend its winning streak to five. The Terps host Duke on Wednesday for first place in the ACC.

No.  6 Seeds

Richmond, Northern Iowa (MVC), Xavier, Texas A&M

Richmond's eight-game winning streak was snapped in double overtime at Xavier. The Spiders are now in third place in the A-10.

Northern Iowa beat Illinois State on Saturday to finish the season perfect at home.

Xavier defeated Richmond to move into a tie for first place in the A-10. The Musketeers have won five straight games.

Texas A&M picked up a big win over Texas on Saturday. The Aggies are tied for third place in the Big 12.

No.  7 Seeds

Oklahoma State, Georgetown, UTEP (C-USA), Baylor

Oklahoma State has won four of its last five, including a win over No. 1 Kansas.

Georgetown has lost three of its last four games.

UTEP is riding a 12-game winning streak. The Miners magic number for a C-USA title is one.

Baylor has won back-to-back games. 

No.  8 Seeds

UNLV, Missouri, Texas, Clemson

UNLV has won three straight games. The Rebels are in third place in the Mountain West.

Missouri's three-game winning streak ended with a 63-53 loss at Kansas State.

Texas lost 74-58 at Texas A&M. The Longhorns have to beat Oklahoma on Monday.

Clemson has won four of its last five and is tied for third place in the ACC.

No.  9 Seeds

Illinois, Wake Forest, Florida State, Cal (Pac-10)

Illinois has lost three out of its last four. The Fighting Illini finish the season with games against Ohio State and Wisconsin.

Wake Forest has lost three straight games. 

Florida State's three-game winning streak came to an end with a loss to Clemson. 

Cal is riding a three-game winning streak. The win over Arizona State gave Cal the Pac-10 title.

No.  10 Seeds

Old Dominion (CAA), Florida, Siena (MAAC), Louisiville

Old Dominion finished the season with a 73-70 win over VCU, clinching sole possession of the CAA title.

Florida's three-game winning streak ended with a loss at Georgia. Florida finishes with a tough stretch with games against Vanderbilt and Kentucky.

Siena finished the season with only one loss in conference play.

Louisville picked up its fourth win in the last five games with a 78-76 win at Connecticut. 

No.  11 Seeds

UAB, Georgia Tech, Marquette, Connecticut

UAB is riding a four-game winning streak and is in a tie for second place in C-USA.

Georgia Tech pulled itself back to .500 in the ACC with a win over Boston College.

Marquette defeated Seton Hall in overtime on Sunday, for its third straight overtime game. The Golden Eagles have won eight of their last nine.

Connecticut lost a heartbreaker to Louisville on Sunday. This loss ended a three-game losing streak. 

No.  12 Seeds

St. Mary's, Virginia Tech, Notre Dame, San Diego State

St. Mary's finished the season on a three-game winning streak and finished in third place in the WCC.

Virginia Tech has lost three straight games. After looking like they could even finish in second place in the ACC, the Hokies are no longer a lock for the tournament.

Notre Dame beat Pitt and Georgetown without its star, Luke Harangody. 

San Diego State's four-game winning streak ended with an 82-68 loss at BYU.

No.  13 Seeds

Oakland (Summit), Murray State (OVC), Utah State (WAC), Cornell (Ivy)

Oakland finished the season on an eight-game winning streak. The Golden Grizzlies will be the No. 1 seed in the Summit Tournament.

Murray State's undefeated season ended with a loss at Morehead State. The Racers finished the season on a high note with a win at Eastern Kentucky.

Utah State has won 13 straight games and has a one-game lead on New Mexico State in the WAC.

Cornell has won five straight games and has a magic number of one for an Ivy League title and an NCAA Tournament birth.

No.  14 Seeds

Wofford (SoCon), Weber State (Big Sky), Sam Houston State (Southland), Kent State (MAC)

Wofford finished the regular season on a 10-game winning streak, leading to a SoCon title.

Weber State will be the No. 1 seed in the Big Sky tournament.

Sam Houston State clinched an outright Southland title with a win over Texas-Arlington on Saturday.

Kent State has won 12 of 13 and is tied with Akron for first place in the MAC. The Golden Flashes play Akron on Friday for first place in the conference.

No.  15 Seeds

Santa Barbara (Big West), Morgan State (MEAC), Troy (Sun Belt), Coastal Carolina (Big South)

Santa Barbara's six-game winning streak ended with a 60-57 loss at Cal Poly. The Gauchos still have a half-game lead on Pacific.

Morgan State survived in double overtime against Norfolk State on Saturday. The Bears are looking to the NCAA Tournament for the second straight year.

Troy finished the regular season on a five-game winning streak.

Coastal Carolina finished the season 15-3 in the Big South. The Chanticleers will be the No. 1 seed in the Big South Tournament.

No.  16 Seeds (Lehigh vs. Jackson State—Play-in Game)

Quinnipiac (NEC), Lipscomb (A-Sun), Stony Brook (A-East), Lehigh (Patriot), Jackson State (SWAC)

Quinnipiac moved into first place in the NEC with Robert Morris' loss on Saturday. Quinnipiac will be the No. 1 Seed in the NEC Tournament, which starts March 4.

Lipscomb will be the No. 1 seed in the Atlantic Sun Tournament. Adnan Hodzic is coming off two of the best performances of his career. Hodzic had 24 points and 20 rebounds against Kennesaw State, and then posted a career-high in scoring with 37 points against Mercer.

Stony Brook is riding a 10-game winning streak. The Seawolves clinched first place in the AEC with a win over Vermont.

Lehigh finished the regular season in first place in the Patriot League. The Mountain Hawks will play Army in the first round of the Patriot League Tournament.

Jackson State has won 10 straight games. The Tigers host Arkansas-Pine Bluff, which has won seven straight games. A win for Jackson State would give it the No. 1 seed in the SWAC Tournament.

Last Four In

St. Mary's, Virginia Tech, Notre Dame, San Diego State

First Four Out

Cincinnati, Mississippi State, Dayton, Charlotte

Next Four Out

Arizona State, Memphis, Seton Hall, Ole Miss

Multi-Bid Conference

Big East—9

ACC—7

Big 12—7

Big 10—5

MWC—4

SEC—4

A-10—3

C-USA—2

WCC—2

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