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WEEKLY SEED REPORT
Kelli Anderson
February 09, 1998
Last week was a time for the top contenders to solidify their standing—and for some pretenders to be exposed. Stanford, which lost twice on its home court, to Arizona and Arizona State, fell from a No. 2 seed (with pretensions to being a No. 1) to a wobbly No. 3 as it faces a big cross-country test at Connecticut this week. Utah, the only other unbeaten team entering last week, fared better than the Cardinal, holding on to its No. 2 seed despite losing a squeaker at New Mexico. The biggest losers were Michigan (beaten by Purdue before bouncing back to win at Iowa) and Mississippi (loser to Georgia and Auburn), both of which dropped off our radar screen.
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February 09, 1998

Weekly Seed Report

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Last week was a time for the top contenders to solidify their standing—and for some pretenders to be exposed. Stanford, which lost twice on its home court, to Arizona and Arizona State, fell from a No. 2 seed (with pretensions to being a No. 1) to a wobbly No. 3 as it faces a big cross-country test at Connecticut this week. Utah, the only other unbeaten team entering last week, fared better than the Cardinal, holding on to its No. 2 seed despite losing a squeaker at New Mexico. The biggest losers were Michigan (beaten by Purdue before bouncing back to win at Iowa) and Mississippi (loser to Georgia and Auburn), both of which dropped off our radar screen.

The big winners—cracking our seedings for the first time—were Michigan State (with an impressive victory over Indiana) and Cincinnati (which beat Louisville before dropping a heart-breaker at South Carolina). Also moving up in our voters' estimations were UConn and Arkansas.

Our mock-tournament selection committee started to tweak the pairings a little, too, necessitating some subtle moves. A few voters noted that the two first-round sites in the East Region are Hartford and Washington, D.C. Since Connecticut can't play in Hartford, according to NCAA guidelines, and since the committee is unlikely to send the East's top seed, Duke or North Carolina, north of D.C. (an ACC stronghold), UConn has to move from the East to the South. Similarly, Kentucky, victim of a bad home loss to Florida on Sunday and host of first-round action at Rupp Arena, moves to the East, setting up a possible rematch of the 1992 classic with Duke.

EAST

1. Duke (20-1)
2. Kentucky (19-3)
3. Stanford (18-2)
4. Princeton (16-1)

MIDWEST

1. Kansas (24-3)
2. UCLA (17-3)
3. South Carolina (16-3)
4. Michigan State (15-4)

SOUTH

1. North Carolina (22-1)
2. Connecticut (19-3)
3. Purdue (19-4)
4. Cincinnati (16-4)

WEST

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