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Bracket: Duke reclaims No. 1 seed; B10 bunching

dave1For the past couple of weeks, Duke and Kansas have been battling for the final No. 1 seed position.  With Kansas losing at Oklahoma State this past weekend, Duke and KU flip-flop on the Seed List and the Blue Devils now sit atop the South Region.  Not that it’s a huge difference, Kansas is the No. 2 seed in the same region.  The other No. 1 seeds remain the same: Kentucky, Virginia, and Gonzaga.  It’ll be interesting to see how the Selection Committee ultimately handles Gonzaga.  If the Bulldogs win out and enter Selection Sunday with only one loss, it’s tough to imagine a scenario in which they are not a No. 1 seed in the West.  But on paper, one could clearly make a case that both Duke and Kansas have superior resumes.

February 9 – Bracket Projection

February 9 – Seed List

Elsewhere, the Big Ten benefits from its bunching of teams.  Illinois, Purdue, and Michigan State are all among the last six teams in today’s bracket – giving the B10 eight representatives.  It’s doubtful that will hold up over the next month; five to six bids is much more likely.

A final thought … given the current landscape, Championship Week may become more like Tiebreaker Week for the Selection Committee.  Conference tournament results could well determine the final few teams in and out of this year’s NCAA tournament.

Enjoy another week of hoops.  Next bracket update is Friday.

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