5 Remaining College Basketball Matchups That Will Determine the Top Seeds

Dan Vasta@CI_StatsGuruSenior Writer IIIJanuary 20, 2012

5 Remaining College Basketball Matchups That Will Determine the Top Seeds

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    The rankings have been filled with recent upsets, and we will soon be wondering which four teams in the country get those coveted top-four seeds.

    Is there that much of a difference between a No. 1 and No. 2 seed?


    There is a huge difference and you could just look at the facts, because they do not lie. No. 1 seeds are undefeated against No. 16 (108-0) as opposed to No. 2 seeds who are 104-4 against No. 15 seeds.

    The biggest difference though is in second-round (now called third round) matchups. No. 1 seeds have fared well against No. 8 and No. 9 seeds going a combined 114-20 (85 percent), as opposed to No. 2 seeds who are just 87-42 (67 percent).

    With those staggering numbers it is time to look ahead to which five matchups (10-plus games) will ultimately determine your four No. 1 seeds! 

    Note: Syracuse and Kentucky are near mortal locks at this point.

Missouri vs. Kansas (Feb. 4, Feb. 25 and Big 12 Tournament)

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    The "Border War" is starting to heat up with two top-five squads. Although Kansas leads the all-time series (171-94), this matchup could possibly bring us the best game(s) of the regular season.

    Marcus Denmon, Kim English, Michael Dixon and Phil Pressey may just be the best backcourt in America. They are combining for over 55 PPG, 15 RPG and 13 APG.

    This team reminds many of the Villanova squads we have seen in recent memory under Jay Wright, but this group is arguably better.

    The Big 12 is no easy conference to steamroll through, so the winner of these two (possibly three) matchups will be a mortal lock for a No. 2 seed.

    Depending on how they perform in the rest of the conference could give us not only the most entertaining game of the college basketball season or a potential No. 1 seed, but quite possibly we could witness a pair of Final Four teams.

Ohio State vs. Michigan State (Feb. 11, Mar. 4, Big Ten Tournament)

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    Despite the Spartans falling to the Wolverines earlier in the week, Tom Izzo and Sparty will be back as always.

    Thad Matta has Ohio State pushing once again for a No. 1 seed, and the biggest question will be what is the loss limit to get that seed?

    Usually four losses or less from an automatic-qualifying conference means you are in fairly easy, but the Buckeyes already have three losses and could have a few more coming.

    They have Michigan twice on top of going to Madison, but the two (or possible three) games against Michigan State will go a long way for both squads.

    Not only will it determine who gets a No. 1, No. 2 or, at worst, a No. 3 seed, the Big Ten regular season and conference tournament championships will likely be on the line.

    Maybe both will jut miss out on the top line, but the Buckeyes are talented enough to go on a huge winning streak, and Michigan State has proven they can just about do anything when it comes to March.

Kansas at Baylor (Feb. 8, Big 12 Tournament)

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    As it currently stands, the Kansas Jayhawks are undefeated in the Big 12 and are well on their way to a No. 1 seed if Thomas Robinson balls like the National Player of the Year.

    He has been the biggest and most unstoppable freak in the country, dropping 13 double-doubles thanks to the fabulous play of point guard Tyshawn Taylor.

    Baylor's Brady Heslip has been sensational himself from downtown (47.7 percent from distance), and the majority of the credit belongs to their front line.

    Quincy Acy, Perry Jones III and Quincy Miller will challenge Robinson, Travis Releford (G/F) Jeff Withey, Kevin Young and Justin Wesley.

    Kansas wrecked them 92-74 in Lawrence this past week, but a rematch in Waco and possibly in the Big 12 Tournament will have even more on the line.

Missouri vs. Baylor (Jan. 21, Feb. 11, Big 12 Tournament)

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    The love for the Big 12 should be out there because we have three of the best in America.

    Baylor's defense has been amazing this season (save KU game) thanks in large part to the trio they have on their front line.

    This matchup may the most intriguing since Missouri is all about their short, quick, explosive scoring guards.

    Their backcourt features: 5'11", 6'1", 6'3" and 6'6" stars, and going up against the like of Perry Jones III (6'1""), Quincy Acy(6'7") and Quincy Miller (6'9") will be something to watch.

North Carolina vs. Duke (2/8, 3/3 and ACC Tournament, 3/11)

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    North Carolina and Duke is arguably the best rivalry in collegiate sports, and it ranks high on the list for all of sports. 

    Once again both of these programs rank among the elite of the game, but most think only one of them will get a No. 1 seed.

    There is a slight chance they could both perhaps get a top seed depending on the Big 12 and Big Ten. Still, North Carolina was the preseason No. 1 team and better show up when they host the Dukies at the Dean Dome on Feb. 8.

    They then take the bus to Durham on Mar. 3, which could determine the Atlantic Coast Conference regular season championship.

    Of course, they could meet up again eight days later, which would could automatically guarantee the winner that No. 1 seed. Plus, will we see them in late March or early April?

    It is amazing that we have never seen UNC-Duke in the NCAA Tournament despite of all the success they have both had (combined 33 Final Fours and nine National Championships).

    Can Harrison Barnes and that talented front line be enough to offset the torrid pace of the Blue Devils backcourt?