Four Corners: Who will be the fourth No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament?

Syracuse, Kansas and Kentucky look like locks

four writers debate which team will join that threesome

March 02, 2010

K-State a worthy pick
Shannon Ryan

Chicago Tribune

The top three are easy. Syracuse, Kansas and Kentucky get little argument from anyone.

But that fourth No. 1 seed?

Duke is an obvious choice, but dig a little deeper. Kansas State is more deserving of a top seed.

The Wildcats (23-4), who have a No. 5 RPI, are 7-1 on the road and 7-3 against top-50 RPI teams. Two of those victories - Baylor and UNLV - came on the road. A victory Wednesday at Kansas probably would solidify the Wildcats in the fourth spot.

Duke could secure the fourth No. 1 seed, especially if the Blue Devils beat Maryland for the regular-season ACC title. The Blue Devils (25-4) own a No. 2 RPI and are 8-3 against top-50 RPI teams.

But their 5-4 road record and a loss to North Carolina State makes them less worthy than Kansas State.

Duke growing into role
Mike Anthony

Hartford Courant

While what develops in the last week of the regular season and during conference tournaments could shake things up, there have been three clear-cut dominant teams to this point worthy of No. 1 seeds: Kansas, Kentucky and Syracuse.

The fourth? With an eight-game winning streak and what could be 10 to close the regular season, Duke has played itself to the top of a bracket. The Blue Devils have four losses, same as Kansas State and Purdue, but have looked like the more complete, dangerous team.

Kyle Singler has emerged as the type of player most expected him to be from the season's outset, and Mike Krzyzewski will coach a team in the NCAA tournament that has shown great growth and consistency.

'Nova has a real shot
Andrew Carter

Orlando Sentinel

If Duke wins the ACC tournament - and it should, given the relative mediocrity of the rest of the league - then the Blue Devils likely would have the best argument for the final No. 1 seed.

But things can get interesting. What if Purdue, despite the loss of star forward Robbie Hummel, wins the Big Ten tournament? What if Villanova wins the Big East? The Wildcats certainly would be deserving of a No. 1 seed. But so is Syracuse. And Kansas.

Kentucky hasn't looked as dominant lately as it once did, and if the Wildcats are upset early in the SEC tournament, it's feasible they could drop to a No. 2.

But when Selection Sunday comes, it's likely to be what we've expected all along: Syracuse, Kansas, Kentucky and a wild card. Likely Duke, if it wins its conference.

Blue Devils a safe bet
David Teel

Newport News

Daily Press

With March arriving and Selection Sunday less than two weeks away, bracket brains of every ilk, some of whom even have a clue, are in full-throated glory.

Virginia Tech is in! Notre Dame is back on the bubble! San Diego State is out!

As deafening and delirious as the chatter can be, most of the No. 1 regional seeds appear set.

Syracuse is the best team in the best conference (Big East), Kansas has a national-best six top-25 RPI victories and Kentucky aces the eye test.

If Duke wins the ACC regular season and tournament titles, bank on the Blue Devils as the other No. 1.

Dating to 1986, the last nine ACC teams to claim both titles received a top regional seed.

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