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WEEKLY SEED REPORT
Seth Davis
January 11, 1999
Before getting down to SI's inaugural 1999 seeding poll, in which our panel of national correspondents pretends that it's the NCAA selection committee and that the season has ended on Sunday, let's take a brief look at how we finished last season. We successfully picked all four No. 1 seeds (though not in their correct regions) and correctly identified two No. 2s. And while the real selection committee had Cincinnati and Purdue, losers in the second and third rounds, respectively, as second seeds, we had Utah and Stanford, which both reached the Final Four. So you might say that we did a better job than the committee. But enough about us.
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January 11, 1999

Weekly Seed Report

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Before getting down to SI's inaugural 1999 seeding poll, in which our panel of national correspondents pretends that it's the NCAA selection committee and that the season has ended on Sunday, let's take a brief look at how we finished last season. We successfully picked all four No. 1 seeds (though not in their correct regions) and correctly identified two No. 2s. And while the real selection committee had Cincinnati and Purdue, losers in the second and third rounds, respectively, as second seeds, we had Utah and Stanford, which both reached the Final Four. So you might say that we did a better job than the committee. But enough about us.

This week our pollsters voted Connecticut, Duke and Cincinnati as nearly unanimous No. Is. The battle for the fourth top seed was between Maryland and Stanford, and the Cardinal, loser to the Terps on Dec. 6, squeaked in. The consolation for Maryland is that the Terps go out West as the second seed in what figures to be the weakest region. Kentucky was the other No. 2 by acclamation, but after that the voting became more diffuse. The biggest surprise was undefeated Auburn, which must win a tough test against Arkansas this week if it hopes to remain a No. 4 seed. Also raising eyebrows was the strong showing of the Big Ten, with four bids. The league does rank No. 1 in the latest conference RPI ratings, but the Big Ten's atrocious showing in the last few NCAA tournaments—one Elite Eight finish in the last four years—leaves room for skepticism.

EAST

1. Connecticut (11-0)
2. UCLA (9-2)
3. North Carolina (13-3)
4. Iowa (11-1)

SOUTH

1. Duke (13-1)
2. Michigan State (11-3)
3. St. John's (11-2)
4. Kansas (9-3)

MIDWEST

1. Cincinnati (12-0)
2. Kentucky (12-3)
3. Arizona (8-1)
4. Purdue (12-2)

WEST

1. Stanford (11-2)
2. Maryland (13-2)
3. Indiana (14-3)
4. Auburn (13-0)

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