Carolina Top Seed in NCAA Tourney Field

Memphis, UCLA and Kansas other No. 1s among 65 teams invited
By Mike Buss,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 16, 2008 9:02 PM CDT
Memphis senior Joey Dorsey accepts the Conference USA championship trophy for his team after it defeated Tulsa 77-51, in the Conference USA tournament championship on Saturday, March 15, 2008.    (AP Photo/Bill Waugh)
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(Newser) – The seedings are in and its time to fill out those brackets. North Carolina  was rated the No. 1 overall seed for this year's NCAA men's basketball tournament, which begins in earnest on Thursday. The Tar Heels are the No. 1 seed in the East region, joined by fellow top seeds Memphis (South), Kansas (Midwest) and UCLA (West), reports the AP.

Tennessee, whose loss in the SEC tournament semifinals cost it a No. 1 seed, settles for No. 2 in the East. Other second seeds are familiar names this time of year: Duke, Georgetown and Texas. The most intriguing first-round matchup features two top freshman, O.J. Mayo and Michael Beasley, as sixth-seeded USC plays No. 11 Kansas State in the Midwest region.