Since there are some early games today, I'm opening Open Court early for those watching some of the afternoon games. But most of the action is going on tonight. Specifically, Kansas hosts an unbeaten Baylor squad who has wins against Northwestern, BYU, and West Virginia. Can the Bears extend their streak to 18? Or will the alpha male Jayhawks assert their dominance? Another unbeaten team, Syracuse, is also in action. But expect the Orange to continue their winning ways vs. a Pittsburgh team that is close to losing the whole plot(The Panthers are winless in Big East play).
Over the weekend, I decided to only do a seeding of the field this week. Don't worry, I'll be bracketing by next week.
*Indicates a First Four team.
1-Syracuse(East), Kentucky(Midwest), Duke(South), Baylor(West) 2-Ohio State, Kansas, North Carolina, Michigan State 3-Seton Hall, Connecticut, Indiana, Georgetown 4-Marquette, Illinois, Florida, Murray State 5-Missouri, Alabama, Michigan, UNLV 6-Louisville, Florida State, Creighton, West Virginia 7-San Diego State, Kansas State, Vanderbilt, Virginia 8-Gonzaga, Purdue, Stanford, Cincinnati 9-Mississippi State, Wisconsin, St. Mary's, Temple 10-Harvard, New Mexico, Memphis, Dayton 11-California, Wichita State, Marshall, LSU 12-Oregon*, Long Beach State, Colorado State, Ohio*, Southern Mississippi*, Saint Louis* 13-Middle Tennessee, Nevada, Oral Roberts, Cleveland State 14-Akron, Long Island, Weber State, George Mason 15-Belmont, UNC Asheville, Iona, Norfolk State 16-Bucknell, Davidson, Stony Brook*, Pennsylvania*, Texas-Arlington*, Mississippi Valley State*
Last four in the field: Oregon, Ohio, Southern Mississippi, Saint Louis First four left out: Mississippi, Xavier, Northern Iowa, Texas Next four left out: Arizona, North Carolina State, Minnesota, Pittsburgh Also under consideration: Maryland, Notre Dame, Rutgers, Northwestern, Oklahoma, Illinois State, UCLA, Colorado, Washington, Utah State