Marcus Jackson: Gators, Shockers still rate elite spots

Marcus Jackson: Gators, Shockers still rate elite spots

EAST
1. Florida
2. Michigan
— An outright Big ten title is within reach for the Wolverines, who can claim the crown of one of America’s top conferences tonight at State Farm Center.
3. Villanova
4. Cincinnati

MIDWEST
1. Wichita State
2. Syracuse
3. Creighton
4. Michigan State
— The bodies are all back from injury, but Keith Appling still is ailing, and when he’s ineffective, this team is far from the outfit capable of winning it all.

SOUTH
1. Kansas
— The Jayhawks have been as tested as anyone, but if Joel Embiid isn’t right come tournament time, Kansas could taste an early defeat.
2. Duke
3. Virginia
4. Saint Louis

WEST
1. Arizona
2. Wisconsin
— If the Badgers keep winning and make a run in the Big Ten tournament, they’ve got a legitimate shot at a No. 1 seed if some other things go their way.
3. Iowa State
4. San Diego State

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