This article is part of our NCAA Tourney Watch series.
With Selection Sunday almost upon us, it's time to size up the contenders and the pretenders for the Final Four. Which teams have a chance to cut down the nets in Houston and which might go home early? Which teams should you peg in your upcoming tournament pools? What follows is a look at the nation's top teams and their chances for tournament success.
1. Duke (27-4) - Heading into Thursday's ACC tournament, Duke's confidence has to be shaken following an 81-67 loss to rival North Carolina on Saturday. The Tar Heels now have the tournament's No. 1 seed while the Blue Devils fall to the second seed. Duke struggled with its three-point shooting, and Nolan Smith and Seth Curry were the only consistent scorers on the night. Duke will still capture a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament if it wins the conference tournament. But the Blue Devils only will go as far as senior leaders Nolan Smith and Kyle Singler take them. If it doesn't improve its frontcourt scoring and toughness with the Plumlee brothers and Ryan Kelly, Duke might not make it past the Sweet 16.
2. Kansas (29-2) - The Jayhawks won the Big 12 outright Saturday after a road win against rival Missouri and seem to be clicking on all cylinders. Regardless of what happens in the conference tournament Kansas should be locked in as a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. The Jayhawks overcame the adversity of losing starting guard Tyshawn Taylor