by Jerry Palm
The final four games take place today (as opposed to the Final Four games, which take place in three weeks), and there is something at stake in all of them.
Dayton plays Richmond for the A-10 title and a spot in the field. The Flyers would steal someone's bid, but that some might be Richmond.
Duke and North Carolina are playing to try to improve their seeding. Duke is hoping to grab that fourth No. 1 seed. The Tar Heels are looking for just their third top 50 RPI win and first away from home. That could move them up to a three, but with so few true quality wins and the competition at the top of the bracket, better than that seems out of reach.
An explanation is required for the sites for the 4-seeds in this morning's bracket. The way the First Four games work is that two are played on Tuesday and two on Wednesday. That means that at least two of those have to be bracketed to play on Friday. The way it ended up working out, a Friday site was needed on the 4-line, but it also had to be able to hold an ACC First Four team. If UNC was in Charlotte, they could meet another ACC team too soon, so Kentucky got that site instead and UNC was put in Tampa. It's convoluted, but the First Four will occasionally cause strange things to happen.
Florida and Kentucky are also playing for seed. The Gators could be as high as a two with a win, while Kentucky might have a shot at a 3.
And Ohio State is trying to become the overall No. 1 seed. That could go to Kansas if Penn State pulls its third upset in a row and takes down the Buckeyes.
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