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Syracuse grabs final No. 1 seed in Jan. 3 update

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Even without playing a true road game, Syracuse moves up and claims the final No. 1 seed in our latest Bracket Projection.  With three of their next four away from the Carrier Dome, we’ll have a better idea soon if the Orange can maintain top-line status.  Most important, Syracuse has handled its best three opponents (Notre Dame, Michigan State, Drexel) in convincing fashion.  The other No. 1 seeds are unchanged – Duke, Ohio State, and Kansas.

January 3 Bracket Projection

Kentucky jumps up to the two-line this week, joining Pittsburgh, Connecticut, and San Diego State.  UK dominated Louisville on the road and has again positioned itself as the team to beat in the SEC.  A strong run through the conference would put the Wildcats in position for another No. 1 seed.

Cincinnati is an interesting case.  The Bearcats are 14-0 (D-I games), but haven’t been tested.  Their best win is at home vs. Dayton – albeit a dominating performance.  UC’s non-conference strength of schedule ranks No. 335.  It couldn’t be much worse.  Considering history (Virginia Tech last year, for example), Cincinnati has significant work ahead in the Big East.  They open 2011 as a 10-seed.   Overall, nine Big East teams find a home this week.  That would be a record.  Check back in late January and we’ll have a better idea of contenders and pretenders. 

Last Five In: West Virginia, Drexel, Cleveland State, Georgia, Oklahoma State.  First Five Out: Dayton, New Mexico, USC, Richmond, Rhode Island.

Have an different opinion? Rebounds always welcome.  Thanks for your interest and for visiting Bracketville.  Follow us on Twitter at BracketguyDave.

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