Tue, Mar 16, 2004 - Page 19 News List

Kentucky, St. Joseph's take top seeds in NCAA tourney


The University of Kentucky will hold the overall No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament after the selection brackets were announced on Sunday evening.

The NCAA selection committee also gave No. 1 seeds to Duke, Stanford and Saint Joseph's in the four regional brackets for the men's college basketball tournament known as "March Madness" that gets underway with a play-in game on Tuesday.

The play-in game in Dayton, Ohio, will feature Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference champion Florida A&M (14-16) and Patriot League champion Lehigh (20-10). The winner of that game then joins the final field of 64 teams.

The four regional finals will be played in St. Louis, Atlanta, Phoenix and East Rutherford, New Jersey.

Syracuse, the defending national champion, is seeded fifth in Phoenix.

The Arizona Wildcats continued their appearance streak as the school will send a team to the tournament once again. The Wildcats have been in every NCAA tournament since 1985, the longest current streak in the country.

Indiana had the second-longest streak, but did not make the field for the first time since 1986.

Traditional powers like Georgetown, UCLA and St. John's also did not qualify for the field of 65 this year.

The regionals are March 25 to 28 and the Final Four is in San Antonio on April 3 and 5.

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