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NCAA tournament seeds show college basketball is free-for-all

Unlike the half dozen updates that the College Football Playoff gurus spoon-feed their sport’s rabid followers, college basketball’s tournament committees pulls the curtain back only once.

That sneak peek came Saturday and told us all we really need to know about the state of the sport this season.

There is a pulse out on the West Coast, two big dogs lie in the Big 12, it’s time to welcome plenty of new faces and a remarkable balance exists where no one is afraid of anyone else. Reports of a wide open, free-for-all NCAA tournament should be taken quite seriously.

Kansas guard Ochai Agbaji drives against Baylor guard Devonte Bandoo during the second half of their game earlier this season at Allen Fieldhouse.

A look at the No. 1 seeds is important. In the first three seasons of this process, nine of the 12 top seeds in February remained as No. 1’s on Selection Sunday. That should be the case again this time around. The picks were, in order, Baylor, Kansas, Gonzaga and San Diego State.

While the Bears and Jayhawks still have to (thankfully) play a second time Feb. 22 in Waco and potentially again in the Big 12 tournament, two of the four number one seeds hail from mid-major conferences. Toss in No. 2 seed Dayton and three of the top six teams will play only a handful of games against top 50 opponents between now and Selection Sunday.

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