Blair Kerkhoff

Big 12, SEC power rankings, NCAA Tournament top-four seed projections

West Virginia guard Juwan Staten (3) drives past Kansas guard Kelly Oubre Jr. (12) to score the game winning basket in the final seconds of an NCAA college basketball game, Monday, Feb. 16, 2015, in Morgantown, W.Va. West Virginia defeated Kansas 62-61. (AP Photo/Raymond Thompson)
West Virginia guard Juwan Staten (3) drives past Kansas guard Kelly Oubre Jr. (12) to score the game winning basket in the final seconds of an NCAA college basketball game, Monday, Feb. 16, 2015, in Morgantown, W.Va. West Virginia defeated Kansas 62-61. (AP Photo/Raymond Thompson) AP

Big 12 power rankings

Last week’s rank in parentheses

1. Kansas (1)

2. Iowa State (2)

3. Oklahoma (4)

4. West Virginia (7)

5. Baylor (3)

6. Oklahoma State (6)

7. Texas (5)

8. Kansas State (8)

9. TCU (9)

10. Texas Tech (10)

▪ NCAA Tournament teams (Blair’s projection): Kansas, Iowa State, Oklahoma, West Virginia, Baylor, Oklahoma State, Texas

▪ NIT teams (Blair’s projection): TCU

▪ Players of the week (chosen by the conference): West Virginia guard Juwan Staten, who averaged 21 points, and Iowa State forward Jameel McKay, who averaged 10 points and 11.5 rebounds, were chosen player and newcomer of the week.

SEC power rankings

1. Kentucky (1)

2. Arkansas (2)

3. Mississippi (3)

4. Texas A&M (5)

5. LSU (6)

6. Georgia (4)

7. Tennessee (7)

8. Florida (9)

9. Alabama (8)

10. Vanderbilt (10)

11. Mississippi State (11)

12. Auburn (12)

13. South Carolina (13)

14. Missouri (14)

▪ NCAA Tournament teams (Blair’s projection): Kentucky, Arkansas, Mississippi, Texas A&M, LSU, Georgia

▪ NIT teams (Blair’s projection): Tennesse, Alabama

▪ Players of the week (chosen by the conference): Mississippi guard Stefan Moody, who averaged 25.5 points, and Arkansas guard Anton Beard, who averaged 12 points, were chosen player and freshman of the week.

NCAA Tournament top-four seed projections

Seed

Midwest (Cleveland)

East (Syracuse, N.Y.)

South (Houston)

West (Los Angeles)

1

Kentucky

Virginia

Duke

Wisconsin

2

Arizona

Villanova

Kansas

Gonzaga

3

Iowa State

Oklahoma

Maryland

Notre Dame

4

Utah

VCU

Arkansas

West Virginia

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