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Tournament Coverage Kicks Off

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DURHAM, NC - MARCH 08: Jabari Parker #1 of the Duke Blue Devils reacts after making a basket during their game against the North Carolina Tar Heels at Cameron Indoor Stadium on March 8, 2014 in Durham, North Carolina.
DURHAM, NC - MARCH 08: Jabari Parker #1 of the Duke Blue Devils reacts after making a basket during their game against the North Carolina Tar Heels at Cameron Indoor Stadium on March 8, 2014 in Durham, North Carolina.
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Today we start our tournament focus, which means we'll have a daily focus on the field (prospective field at the moment) and a pile of links. In the past, we usually put the Duke, ACC and national links on the same page, but this year, we're going to break it into three pages as the pages are rendered different now.

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It's early, but the surprises have already started: Iona is out in the MAAC tourney, having lost to Manhattan. Wofford will be the SoCon champ, beating Western Carolina.

Where's Davidson? Lost to WCU in the semis, 99-97 in OT. Check out the Chancellor for Western Carolina - he'll never live this down, but his students will love him for it.

And in the Ohio Valley, Eastern Kentucky, much to the disgust of Dan Patrick, knocked off Belmont 79-73. Joe Lunardi currently projects the Colonels to be Duke's opening opponent.

Dunk City is out, having lost to Mercer in the Atlantic Sun.

It's not an upset, but Delaware kept William & Mary from a first-ever tournament appearance, 75-74.

No tournament of course, but Harvard is in, as is Coastal Carolina and of course Wichita State.

The latest Bracketology report from Joe Lunardi has Duke as the #2 seed in the East, opening in Raleigh against Western Kentucky (Villanova is the #1 seed).

UNC is the #4 seed in the South in this scenario, where UVa is #3.

Syracuse is the #3 in the Midwest, opening in Buffalo.

NC Central is currently in at #14 in the East, opening with Iowa State.

Interesting matchups: Tommy Amaker's Harvard team opens with VCU; Johnny Dawkins and Stanford start with Memphis (and play the winner of Duke/Eastern Kentucky).

#2 Michigan would get Western Michigan.

Herb Sendek's Arizona State opens with George Washington.

Kansas State would get Larry Brown and SMU.

All this is obviously projections, but Lunardi's done fairly well.