Seeding is believing: March 13, 2019

Seeding is believing: March 13, 2019

Midwest

1. Duke

2. Kentucky

3. Purdue

4. Virginia Tech

The Blue Devils have the most tenuous hold on a No. 1 seed in the final week. The return of Zion Williamson (above) — he's expected back Thursday when Duke opens play in the ACC tournament — could change that. It's clear the Blue Devils have missed the ACC Player of the Year, going 3-3 without him (counting the first loss to North Carolina where he played 30 seconds).

West

1. Gonzaga

2. Texas Tech

3. Michigan

4. Nevada

There's really not much that stands out about Nevada's season other than its 28 wins. Of course, wins against a trio of Pac-12 teams (USC, Arizona State and Utah) would have been better if the Pac-12 wasn't trash this season. But Nevada still has a team you probably don't want to face in the NCAA tournament with the likes of Jordan Caroline (above) and Cody and Caleb Martin.

South

1. North Carolina

2. Michigan State

3. LSU

4. Florida State

A Big Ten tournament championship (to go with its share of the regular-season title) could be enough to bump Michigan State to the No. 1 seed line should Duke falter in the ACC tournament. Making it out of Chicago — even if it will take just three wins — could be a challenge for Tom Izzo (above) and the Spartans, though. The Big Ten tournament is going to be a crapshoot.

East

1. Virginia

2. Tennessee

3. Houston

4. Kansas

What a season for the Cougars. Their 29 wins are the most for the program since the 1983-84 Phi Slamma Jamma team went 32-5 behind Hakeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler and finished as national runners-up. This year's Houston team doesn't have that type of star power, but the backcourt duo of Corey Davis Jr. and Armoni Brooks (above) has been a difference-maker.

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