Teams outside the top 10 most likely to make the Final Four, more mail

Wednesday February 26th, 2014
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Of course, there is also a chance that both these teams could end up on the top line, especially given the way Syracuse has played the last couple of weeks. While that raises the even more-tantalizing possibility that these teams could meet at the Final Four, it also reduces the chances that they would play, since it is so difficult to get that far. Really, if you think about it, the only way to absolutely make sure that these two play in the tournament is to send them both to the First Four. Sure, that would be going against the grain a little, but I'm game if you are.

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