2014 NCAA Tournament: 10 Teams That Can Improve Their Seeding This Week

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2014 NCAA Tournament: 10 Teams That Can Improve Their Tournament Seeds This Week

2014 NCAA Tournament: 10 Teams Who Can Improve Their Seeding This Week
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ESPN has dubbed this final week of College Basketball's regular season as "Bracket Builder" week. Teams that are on the bubble need significant victories this week to improve their tournament resume and their place in the at-large discussion. Without these victories, they can put themselves in a very precarious situations come Selection Sunday and put their tournament fates in the Selection Committee's hands.

Despite what each team has done up to this point, these final games can determine not only their NCAA tournament seed, but also their seeding when it comes to their respective conference tournaments.

While most teams in the tournament discussion are locks to receive at-large bids, these final games are crucial in determining their place in the bracket, which means everything. From the elite teams competing for the best possible seed to lower seeds trying to position themselves favorably, every game from this point on matters.

Just last year, the Louisville Cardinals went on a seven-game winning streak to end the season, giving them the necessary momentum to win the National Championship.

This year, teams like Syracuse, Arizona, and Wichita State have given themselves great cases to earn number one seeds, but can't improve their chances this week against mediocre competition, thus these teams will have to earn it in their conference tournaments.

On the other hand, these 10 teams can improve their seeds this week with solid results against quality opponents. These teams can either play their way to the top of the bracket, while others can fall out of the tournament discussion altogether.

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10. Baylor

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The Baylor Bears can give themselves a great opportunity for a seven-seed this week with victories at home against Iowa State, and atKansas State.

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9. Oklahoma State

Oklahoma State
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The Oklahoma State Cowboys can move up to an eight-seed with victories at home against Kansas State and at Iowa State.

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8. Kansas State

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The Kansas State Wildcats can vault themselves up to a seven-seed with victories at Oklahoma State and against Baylor.

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7. SMU

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The SMU Mustangs can jump as high as a six-seed with wins at home against Louisville and at Memphis.

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6. Memphis

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The Memphis Tigers can jump up to a six-seed with victories at Cincinnati and at home against SMU.

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5. Iowa State

Iowa State
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The Iowa State Cyclones can earn a four-seed with victories at Baylor and at home against Oklahoma State.

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4. Louisville

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The Louisville Cardinals can earn a four-seed with victories at SMU and against Connecticut.

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3. North Carolina

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The North Carolina Tar Heels can also earn a four-seed with a victory at Duke.

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2. Michigan State

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The Michigan State Spartans can earn a three-seed with victories at home against Iowa and at Ohio State.

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1. Florida

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The Florida Gators can clinch the top overall seed in the tournament with a victory at home against Kentucky.

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