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Every Top 25 Team’s Odds of Earning a Number One Seed

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Every Top 25 Teams' Odds of Earning a No. 1 Seed

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The No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament is a blessing to most teams and a curse to some. Most teams play for the No. 1 seed to ensure that they won't have to travel far in the first weekend of the tournament and get a favorable draw. For others, the pressure of being a No. 1 seed is too much and being placed in a bad draw can lead to potential upsets.

With the regular season wrapping up this weekend, each team in the Top 25 is positioning themselves for the best opportunity possible to earn a No. 1 seed. For some teams in the Top 25, their chances are slim to none as some of these teams have hurt themselves too much in the regular season. For teams in the top 15, they are in a great position to move their way up to the top with solid performances in their respective conference tournaments.

While the conference tournaments are more focused on the bubble teams and their quests to earn their place in the NCAA Tournament, the top teams in college basketball also use the tournaments to prove to the selection committee that they deserve the best possible seed.

Strong performances in the conference tournaments will validate their place at the top, while poor showings can dip these teams into places in the bracket where they don't want to be. This season, like most in recent memory, has very few teams with legitimate cases for a No. 1 seed.

Here's how each of the Top 25 teams in this week's AP Poll stand in the race for the No. 1 seeds.

Brian Kalchik is a writer for rantsports.com. Follow him on Twitter, like him on Facebook and connect with him on Google.

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25. Kentucky

Kentucky
Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

The Kentucky Wildcats have no chance to earn a No. 1 seed.

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24. Iowa

Iowa
Reese Strickland-USA TODAY Sports

The Iowa Hawkeyes have no chance to earn a No. 1 seed.

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23. Oklahoma

Oklahoma
Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

The Oklahoma Sooners have no shot to claim a number No. 1 seed.

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22. Michigan State

Michigan State
Mike Carter-USA TODAY Sports

The Michigan State Spartans have no chance to finish with a No. 1 seed.

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21. New Mexico

New Mexico
Stephan R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

The New Mexico Lobos have no chance to earn a No. 1 seed.

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20. Memphis

Memphis
Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

The Memphis Tigers have no chance to earn a No. 1 seed.

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19. Connecticut

Connecticut
David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

The Connecticut Huskies have no chance to earn a No. 1 seed.

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18. SMU

SMU
Jim Cowsert-USA TODAY Sports

The SMU Mustangs have no chance to earn a No. 1 seed.

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17. St. Louis

St. Louis
Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

The St. Louis Billikens have no chance to earn a No. 1 seed.

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16. Iowa State

Iowa State
Jim Cowsert-USA TODAY Sports

The Iowa State Cyclones have no chance to earn a No. 1 seed.

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15. Cincinnati

Cincinnati
David Butlr II-USA TODAY Sports

The Cincinnati Bearcats have a slim chance to earn a No. 1 seed. The Bearcats would have to win the American Athletic Conference Tournament and hope that all the other power conferences have Cinderella teams with their respective tournaments.

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14. North Carolina

North Carolina
Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports

The North Carolina Tar Heels can give themselves a decent chance to earn a No. 1 seed by beating Duke on Saturday, in the ACC Tournament and hoping the other ACC powers perform poorly with Cinderella teams winning the Big 10 and Big 12 tournaments.

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13. Creighton

Creighton
Frank Victores-USA TODAY Sports

The Creighton Blue Jays have a fair chance to earn a No. 1 seed. The Blue Jays would have to win the Big East Tournament and hope that Cinderella teams win the ACC, Big 10 and Big-12 Tournaments.

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12. Michigan

Michigan
Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

The Michigan Wolverines have a decent chance to earn a No. 1 seed. The Wolverines would have to win the Big 10 Tournament and hope the ACC and Big 12 Tournaments are won by Cinderella teams.

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11. Louisville

Louisville
Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

The Louisville Cardinals have a fair shot at earning a No. 1 seed. Much like Cincinnati, the Cardinals would have to win the American Athletic Tournament and hope the ACC, Big 10 and Big 12 Tournaments are won by Cinderella teams.

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10. San Diego State

San Diego State
Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

The San Diego State Aztecs, although ranked in the Top-10, have no chance to earn a No. 1 seed.

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9. Wisconsin

Wisconsin
Matthew OHaren-USA TODAY Sports

The Wisconsin Badgers have a great opportunity to earn the fourth and final No. 1 seed. The Badgers would have to win the Big 10 Tournament and hope a Cinderella team wins the ACC and Big 12 Tournaments for the Badgers to claim the final No. 1 seed.

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8. Kansas

Kansas
Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

The Kansas Jayhawks have a great chance to claim the final No. 1 seed. The Jayhawks would have to win the Big 12 Tournament and hope a Cinderella team wins the ACC Tournament or Wichita State loses the opening game in their tournament.

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7. Syracuse

Syracuse
Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

The Syracuse Orange have a great chance to claim a No. 1 seed. If the Orange win the ACC Tournament, they will lock themselves comfortably into the fourth and final No. 1 seed.

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6. Villanova

Villanova
Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

The Villanova Wildcats have a slim chance to earn a No. 1 seed, but I emphasize slim. The Wildcats would have to beat Creighton in the Big East Tournament final and hope the ACC, Big 10 and Big 12 champions are Cinderella teams.

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5. Virginia

Virginia
Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

The Virginia Cavaliers would clinch at worst the fourth No. 1 seed by winning the ACC Tournament Championship.

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4. Duke

Duke
Mark Dolejs-USA TODAY Sports

For the Duke Blue Devils, they will clinch at worst the fourth No. 1 seed by winning the ACC Tournament.

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3. Arizona

Arizona
Casey Sapio-USA TODAY Sports

The Arizona Wildcats have already clinched a No. 1 seed and are competing for the top overall seed.

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2. Wichita State

Wichita State
Scott Sewel-USA TODAY Sports

The Wichita State Shockers have clinched a No. 1 seed right now, and only a one-and-done performance in the Missouri Valley tournament would knock the Shockers out of this discussion.

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1. Florida

Florida
Rob Foldy-USA TODAY Sports

The Florida Gators have already guaranteed themselves a No. 1 seed and are the favorites to earn the best overall seed in the tournament.