Top seeds in NCAA Tournament not hurt by weekend upsets

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This time around, the madness began before the brackets even came out.

Kentucky, Syracuse and North Carolina all earned top seeding for the NCAA Tournament on Sunday despite weekend losses that brought even more intrigue to the tournament better known as March Madness.

Big Ten champion Michigan State earned the other No. 1 seed and was the only one of the four top-billed teams to win its conference tournament.

While No. 2 seeds Kansas, Duke, Missouri and Ohio State wonder whether they could’ve been rated higher, teams such as Drexel, Seton Hall, Mississippi State and Washington think about what might have been. Those bubble teams were left out, and all will be wondering how Iona, California and South Florida made it.

In the moments immediately after the brackets came out, the Iona-Drexel debate was getting the most traction.

“They weren’t the last team in,” selection committee chairman Jeff Hathaway said of Iona. “... We think we got that one right. Obviously, a lot of people will debate it, and that’s what makes it fun.”

TOP SEEDS

SOUTH

1. Kentucky (32-2)

2. Duke (27-6)

3. Baylor (27-7)

4. Indiana (25-8)

EAST

1. Syracuse (31-2)

2. Ohio State (27-7)

3. Florida State (24-9)

4. Wisconsin (24-9)

MIDWEST

1. North Carolina (29-5)

2. Kansas (27-6)

3. Georgetown (23-8)

4. Michigan (24-9)

WEST

1. Michigan State (27-7)

2. Missouri (30-4)

3. Marquette (25-7)

4. Louisville (26-9)

FIRST ROUND

At Dayton Arena

Dayton, Ohio

Tuesday’s Games

• Mississippi Valley State (21-12) vs. Western Kentucky (15-18)

• Brigham Young (25-8) vs. Iona (25-7)

Wednesday’s Games

• Lamar (23-11) vs. Vermont (23-11)

• California (24-9) vs. South Florida (20-13)


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