Kentucky and Kansas are 2 hungry blue bloods in our new NCAA bracket

BY foxsports • January 29, 2016

Given how much the selection committee values teams’ non-conference schedules, Saturday’s Big 12/SEC Challenge gives those leagues’ tourney contenders a prime opportunity to bolster their resumes.

Here’s a quick primer on the games that matter most.

Iowa State at Texas A&M (2 ET): The 17-3 Aggies tumbled from a No. 2 to a No. 4 seed with this week’s loss to Arkansas; they can vault right back with a win over the 16-4 Cyclones, currently my No. 5 overall seed.

Oklahoma at LSU (5 ET): Player-of-the-year candidates Buddy Hield and Ben Simmons take center stage. The 13-7 Tigers could begin building a case as a bubble team if they manage to knock off my current No. 1 overall seed.

Kentucky at Kansas (7 ET): The 16-4 Jayhawks have lost three of their last five but can still contend for a No. 1 seed if they turn things around. Kentucky could use a signature win to replace its now-devalued victory at Duke.

NOTES: The current first-place team in each conference is designated as the automatic berth (*). In the event of ties, I use the highest-ranked RPI team.

The Midwest winner will play the East winner in the Final Four and the West will face the South.

Midwest Region (Chicago)
Seed
Team
Location
1
Iowa*
at Des Moines
16
Hampton*/Texas A&M-CC*(new)
8
South Carolina
9
Wichita St.*
4
Providence
at Spokane
13
Hofstra*
5
Louisville
12
Stony Brook* ↑
6
Utah
at Providence
11
Monmouth*
3
Miami
14
Belmont*
7
Cal
at St Louis
10
Valparaiso* ↑
2
Iowa State
15
UNC-Asheville*


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