Seeds for thought: Kansas a No. 1

It’s 44 days until the brackets are released, but here’s how beat writer Marcus Jackson sees the top four seeds in each region:

East
1. Syracuse (Big East)
2. Indiana (Big Ten)
3. Butler (Atlantic 10)
— The Bulldogs’ loss at LaSalle was their first since Illinois in November, ending a 13-game win streak.
4. Minnesota (Big Ten)

Midwest
1. Michigan (Big Ten)
2. Duke (ACC)
— In the last 16 years, no team that has lost a game by more than 25 points has gone on to win a national title that same season.
3. New Mexico (Mountain West)
4. Michigan State (Big Ten)

South
1. Kansas (Big 12)
— The last time the Jayhawks were a No. 1 seed, they lost to VCU a game shy of reaching the Final Four in 2011.
2. Florida (SEC)
3. Ohio State (Big Ten)
4. Cincinnati (Big East)

West
1. Arizona (Pac-12)
2. Louisville (Big East)
3. Gonzaga (West Coast)
4. Oregon (Pac-12)
— The last time the Ducks were seeded this high: 2007 (No. 3 seed) when Ernie Kent led them to the Elite Eight.

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