Kentucky, Duke, Stanford and St. Joe’s earn No.1 NCAA seeds
Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) – Kentucky, Duke, Stanford and Saint
Joseph’s have been awarded No. 1 seeds for the 2004 NCAA Tournament.
Kentucky (26-4) won the Southeastern Conference Tournament title on Sunday and
was rewarded with the top overall seed in the NCAA Tournament. It is the
seventh No. 1 seed for the Wildcats, who won it all as a top seed in 1996 and
last claimed the NCAA crown in ’98.
The Wildcats will play in the St. Louis bracket. The NCAA committee decided to
change the names of the brackets this year, although the St. Louis bracket is
essentially the old Midwest Region.
Duke (27-5) garnered a top seed despite losing the ACC Tournament title game
in overtime to Maryland on Sunday. The ACC regular-season champs will headline
the Atlanta bracket, or the South. The Blue Devils are a No. 1 seed for the
eighth time and for the sixth time in the last seven years.
Stanford (29-1) earned the top seed in the Phoenix, or West, region. The
Cardinal won the Pac-10 regular season and tournament titles, losing only to
Washington last Saturday. It is the third No. 1 seed for Stanford.
Saint Joseph’s (27-1) gained the top seed in the East Rutherford, or East,
region. There was some speculation as to whether the Hawks would receive a top
seed for the first time in school history after a blowout loss against Xavier
in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic-10 Tournament this past Thursday.