March 10, 2012
By Bruce Marshall
Friday was a big movement day on the bubble, with the situation becoming downright crowded with losses by Southern Mississippi, California, Miami,Fl., and Nevada further muddying the waters.
Meanwhile, on the top lines, the loss by Kansas in the Big XII semis vs. Baylor likely removes the Jayhawks from a number one regional seed.
For the moment we project Ohio State, as long as it wins the Big Ten Tournament, as the team to take KU's place on the top line, although Michigan State could also still move into that mix. We think the best the winner of the Missouri-Baylor Big XI title game can do is a second seed.
After Friday's games, here's how our projected seeds (1 thru 16) for the Big Dance set up as of AM, Saturday, March 10...
No. 1 seeds...Kentucky, Syracuse, Ohio State, North Carolina.
No. 2 seeds...Duke, Baylor, Kansas, Michigan State.
No. 3 seeds...Marquette, Michigan, Wisconsin, Missouri.
No. 4 seeds...Indiana, Florida State, Georgetown, Louisville.
No. 5 seeds...Wichita State, Creighton, Memphis, Florida.
No. 6 seeds...Gonzaga, Notre Dame, Temple, San Diego State.
No. 7 seeds...Cincinnati, Saint Mary's, New Mexico, Murray State.
No. 8 seeds...Saint Louis, Vanderbilt, UNLV, Purdue.
No. 9 seeds...Iowa State, Kansas State, UConn, Virginia.
No. 10 seeds...Alabama, BYU, Long Beach State, NC State.
No. 11 seeds...Arizona, Virginia Commonwealth, Colorado State, West Virginia.
No. 12 seeds...Miami-Fla., Xavier, Texas, South Florida, Drexel.
No. 13 seeds...Akron, New Mexico State, Harvard, Southern Miss, Iona.
No. 14 seeds...Loyola-Md., Davidson, Detroit, Belmont.
No. 15 seeds...Lehigh, UNC-Asheville, South Dakota State, Montana.
No. 16 seeds...Long Island, Lamar, Norfolk State, Stony Brook, Mississippi Valley State, Western Kentucky.
Last four in...South Florida, Drexel, Southern Miss, Iona.
First four out...Washington, Seton Hall, California, Mississippi State.
Next four out...Northwestern, Nevada, Marshall, Ole Miss.
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