Overall No. 1 seed Kansas leads the field of 65 NCAA tournament teams, with Kentucky, Duke, and Syracuse—late-season slump and all—topping their respective brackets. The 32-2 Jayhawks, who won the 2008 title, captured this season's Big 12 tournament and will tangle with Syracuse in one semifinal if the seedings hold up. The Orangemen (28-4) won the regular-season Big East title but fell to Georgetown in the opening round of the conference tournament.
Kentucky, also 32-2, won the Southeastern Conference tournament title game in OT today and is the overall No. 2 seed. The Wildcats have won 13 of their last 14 even though, coach John Calipari tells USA Today, "We do so many dumb things." Duke (29-5), a top seed for the 10th time since the tournament expanded to 64 teams in 1985, takes on the winner of Tuesday's play-in game between Winthrop (19-13) and Arkansas-Pine Bluff (17-15) in the first round.