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NCAA Tournament Projections 2/22

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Most seasons there are a two or three teams that clearly stand out from the rest. This year, I’d argue there are none. Kansas and Kentucky are solid, don’t get me wrong, but both are beatable teams. If your favorite team top 16 or even top 32, I doubt you fear the Jayhawks, the Wildcats, or anyone else. In a 40 minute game on a neutral court, anything can happen.

There are now just two weeks left in the regular season and another week of conference tournaments before Selection Sunday on March 14th.

The top teams are gunning for protected seeds in the these four regionals: Syracuse, St. Louis, Houston, and Salt Lake City. With no west coast teams vying for No. 1 or No. 2 seeds, the weakest No. 1 seed will be ‘protected’ but their regional location will be a long way from home.

First and second round sites include Providence, Buffalo, New Orleans, Jacksonville, Oklahoma City, Milwaukee, San Jose, and Spokane.

Here are my lousy guesses at the top 16 teams in the NCAA tournament.

I will start posting my top seeds on Mondays. These are if the season ended today. They are listed by strength within each seed as well.

No. 1: Kansas, Kentucky, Syracuse, Purdue
No. 2: Duke, Villanova, West Virginia, Kansas St
No. 3: Ohio State, Wisconsin, Michigan State, New Mexico
No. 4: BYU, Pittsburgh, Vanderbilt, Butler

Next Four: Georgetown, Gonzaga, Tennessee, Temple

Big 12 Bids (7)
Lock: Kansas (1), Kansas State (2), Baylor (6), Texas (6), Missouri (7), Texas A&M (7)
Likely:
Bubble: Oklahoma State (12)

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Thoughts?