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Bracket Report: Kansas, Kentucky move up

home-tournament-64-thumb.jpgOne more day.  That’s all that stands between us and Selection Sunday.  What a ride it’s been.  And we’re not done.  We could still lose three more at-large positions with Virginia Tech, Texas AM and a potential bid thief in the Atlantic 10 still in play.

Seed List

Kansas and Kentucky now control their paths to the No. 1 seed line.  With Baylor losing and Kansas advancing, the Jayhawks have likely garnered another top seed.  If Kentucky wins the SEC tournament, the final spot should belong to the Wildcats.  They may earn it either way – provided they beat Tennessee today in the SEC semifinals.  Baylor remains a strong option should UK slip.

Saturday’s most important bracket games:

  • Virginia Tech vs. Duke – the Hokies will get a hard look, regardless; a win over the Blue Devils moves VT out of the at-large pool.
  • Texas AM vs. Arkansas – the Aggies are one more upset away from potentially taking someone’s spot.  That said, not many teams are playing better than the Razorbacks.
  • SMU vs. Memphis – Can the Mustangs beat Memphis for a third time?  If so, a bid is likely theirs.  If not, there will be some anxious moments ahead.
  • Davidson vs. Saint Louis – If Saint Louis knocks off the Wildcats, an at-large spot will likely be gobbled up by the Wildcats, who’ve had a strong season, including an A10 regular season title.
  • Indiana vs. Iowa – the Hoosiers are probably okay either way at this point, but beating the Hawkeyes would help eliminate a possible trip to the First Four if things really get wacky.
  • Dayton vs. Richmond – the winner gets an opportunity to play for an automatic bid.
  • Kentucky vs. Tennessee – UK is playing for a No. 1 seed; UT for a potential 2-seed.
  • Kansas vs. Texas Tech – a victory guarantees a No. 1 seed for Kansas, and it could also give them a slight leg up for the Midwest Region, even if Kentucky wins out.

It’s no time to be timid.  By late tonight, we’ll have a much better idea about how the final few at-large spots look heading into Sunday, when multiple bracket options may be required.

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