NCAA Basketball Mar. 7 Bracketology: Kansas, Syracuse Fight For Top Seed

Jesse KramerCorrespondent IMarch 6, 2010

No. 1 Seeds

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

Kansas gets back to being the top seed with Syracuse's loss to Louisville on Saturday, their first loss away from home.

Kentucky clinched an outright SEC title with Vanderbilt's loss to South Carolina.

Duke gets to be the fourth No. 1 seed with Kansas State's loss to Iowa State. The Blue Devils share the ACC crown with Maryland at 13-3.

No. 2 Seeds

Kansas State, West Virginia, New Mexico (MWC), Ohio State (Big 10)

Kansas State ran into a roadblock on senior night. The Wildcats dropped a big game in overtime to Iowa State.

West Virginia picked up a huge, comeback win at Villanova on Saturday. The Mountaineers have a chance at being the fourth No. 1 seed if they win the Big East Tournament.

New Mexico beat TCU to end the regular season. 

Ohio State has a share of the regular season Big 10 title. If the Buckeyes win the Big 10 Tournament, they have a small chance at being a No. 1 seed.

No. 3 Seeds

Purdue, Pitt, Michigan State, Villanova

Purdue struggled with Penn State on Saturday, but still pulled out a close win.

Pitt has won its last three games. The Panthers have earned a double-bye in the Big East Tournament.

Michigan State hosts Michigan on Sunday to try and get a share of the Big 10 title.

Villanova's late-season struggles continued with a two-point, overtime loss to West Virginia. The Wildcats have a double-bye in the Big East Tournament.

No. 4 Seeds

Temple (A-10), Maryland, Tennessee, Wisconsin

Temple only lost once in February and will be the No. 1 seed in the Atlantic 10 Tournament.

Maryland is riding a seven-game winning streak. The Terps beat Duke on senior night.

Tennessee won its final three games of the season and five of its last six. 

Wisconsin is riding a three-game winning streak. The Badgers will be a one of the top four seeds in the Big 10 Tournament.

No. 5 Seeds

Gonzaga (WCC), BYU, Texas A&M, Baylor

Gonzaga has won four straight games. The Bulldogs are the No. 1 seed in the WCC Tournament.

BYU finished the season one-game behind New Mexico and will be the No. 2 seed in the Mountain West Tournament.

Texas A&M has been playing great and is in a three-way tie for second place in the Big 12. 

Baylor is on a four-game winning streak and is in a three-way tie for second place in the Big 12.

No. 6 Seeds

Richmond, Vanderbilt, Xavier, Butler (Horizon)

Richmond warded off Charlotte in overtime to finish in third place in the Atlantic 10. 

Vanderbilt picked up a very tough loss to South Carolina on Saturday. The Commodores finish the season in second place in the SEC.

Xavier finished on the downside of a tie for first place in the Atlantic 10 at 14-2. 

Butler warded off Milwaukee in the Horizon Semifinals. The Bulldogs will play Wright State in the championship.

No. 7 Seeds

Oklahoma State, Georgetown, UTEP (C-USA), Northern Iowa (MVC)

Oklahoma State destroyed Nebraska to rebound from a loss at Texas A&M. The Cowboys are in seventh place in the Big 12.

Georgetown ended a two-game setback with a 74-47 rout of Cincinnati.

UTEP got a huge comeback win over UAB on Saturday. The Miners finish the season with only one conference loss. 

Northern Iowa's defense has dominated the MVC Tournament through the first two games. The Panthers meet the Wichita State in the championship game on Sunday.

No. 8 Seeds

Clemson, UNLV, Missouri, Florida State

Clemson has won five of its last six. Clemson needs to beat Wake Forest on Sunday to get a bye in the NCAA Tournament.

UNLV finished the season on a four-game winning streak to finish the season in third place in the Mountain West. 

Missouri has lost two of its last three. The Tigers finish the season in fifth place in the Big 12.

Florida State has won five of its last six. The Seminoles are in a three-way tie for third place in the ACC.

No. 9 Seeds

Louisville, Old Dominion (CAA), Texas, Cal (Pac-10)

Louisville clinched a spot in the tournament with a win over No. 1 Syracuse. With this win, the Cardinals swept the Orange.

Old Dominion will play in the CAA semifinals on Sunday. The Monarchs dominated Towson in the quarterfinals. 

Texas continues to struggle with a loss at Baylor. 

Cal will be the No. 1 seed in the Pac-10 Tournament.

No. 10 Seeds

Siena, Notre Dame, Illinois, UAB

Siena survived a pesky Manhattan team in the quarterfinals of the MAAC Tournament. Siena trailed for the whole first half and part of the second half, and then pulled away for a 78-61 victory. 

Notre Dame won its fourth straight game at Marquette. With that win, the Fighting Irish will almost definitely make the NCAA Tournament.

Illinois plays a big game at Wisconsin on Sunday. The Fighting Illini have lost four of their last five. 

UAB dropped a heartbreaker, 52-50, at UTEP on Saturday. The Blazers finish the regular season in third place in C-USA.

No. 11 Seeds

Wake Forest, Virginia Tech, Florida, Marquette

Wake Forest has lost four straight games.

Virginia Tech ended a three-game slide with wins over NC State and Georgia Tech. The Hokies are in a tie for third place in the ACC.

Florida looks to end a two-game slide at Kentucky on Sunday.

Marquette picked up a heartbreaking overtime loss to Notre Dame. Four of the Golden Eagles' last five games have gone into overtime. 

No. 12 Seeds

St. Mary's, Georgia Tech, Memphis, San Diego State

St. Mary's is the No. 2 seed in the WCC Tournament. The Gaels most likely need to get to the championship game to stay in the field.

Georgia Tech continues to struggle with losses to Clemson and Virginia Tech in its last two games.

Memphis won seven of its last eight to finish in second place in C-USA.

San Diego State is barely in the field right now. The Aztecs finish the season in a tie for third place in the Mountain West.

No. 13 Seeds

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

Oakland beat UMKC in the Summit Quarterfinals for the Golden Grizzlies' 24th win of the season. 

Murray State pulled away late from Morehead State in the OVC championship game to go to the NCAA Tournament for the 14th time in school history. 

Utah State finished the season in first place in the WAC on a 15-game winning streak. 

Cornell clinched first place in the Ivy League on Friday. The Big Red get the Ivy League's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

No. 14 Seeds

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

Wofford beat UNC-Greensboro in the SoCon Quarterfinals. The Terriers play Appalachian State in the semifinals.

Weber State lost the regular season finale at Portland State, but the Wildcats are still the No. 1 seed in the Big Sky Tournament. 

Sam Houston State lost its second Southland game in the season finale. 

Kent State won the regular season MAC championship with a win over Akron on Friday.

No. 15 Seeds

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

Santa Barbara will be the No. 1 seed in the Big West Tournament. The Gauchos played great in the final month of the season, only losing once.

Morgan State finished the season on a four-game winning streak and will be the No. 1 seed in the MEAC Tournament. The Bears look to go to the NCAA Tournament in back-to-back years for the first time in school history.

Troy will play South Alabama in its first game in the Sun Belt Tournament.

Winthrop upset Coastal Carolina in the Big South championship game. The Eagles will go to the tournament for the first time since 2007.

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

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

Quinnipiac beat Monmouth to earn a spot in the NEC semifinals on Sunday. The Bobcats are looking for the school's first NCAA Tournament bid.

East Tennessee State beat Mercer in the Atlantic Sun championship game to lock a spot in the 2010 NCAA Tournament. 

Stony Brook beat Albany to move to the America East semifinals, which will be played on Sunday. The Seawolves are looking for their school's first NCAA Tournament appearance.

Lehigh picked up its 20th win in a 64-45 victory over Army in the Patriot League quarterfinals.

Jackson State finished the regular season on a 13-game winning streak. The Tigers will be the No. 1 seed in the SWAC Tournament.

Last Four In

St. Mary's, Georgia Tech, Memphis, San Diego State

First Four Out

Seton Hall, South Florida, Arizona State, Ole Miss

Next Four Out

Rhode Island, Charlotte, Mississippi State, Washington

Multi-Bid Conferences

Big East: 8

ACC: 7

Big 12: 7

Big 10: 5

MWC: 4

SEC: 4

A-10: 3

C-USA: 3

WCC: 2