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What was surprising, however, was a couple of the seeding decisions.

Feb.13 - SportLand: That's the result of the selection committee's bracket preview, which was released Sunday. With the possible exception of Oklahoma making the cut as a No. 4 seed, there were no surprises among the teams included.

What was surprising, however, was a couple of the seeding decisions. Kansas (19-6), which has dropped three of its past six games and could (brace yourself) finish second in the Big 12 this season, was slotted as a No. 2 seed.

Meanwhile, Michigan State (24-3), fresh off its win over Purdue in East Lansing, was relegated to the No. 3 line. Why are the Spartans languishing one line lower than the Jayhawks?

The answer can be found in the quadrant system that the NCAA is employing this year. The idea is to give more credit to teams that win games away from home, whether on neutral floors or in true road contests.

The NCAA now treats a home game against an RPI top-30 opponent as equivalent to a neutral-floor game against an RPI top-50 team or a true road game against an RPI top-75 opponent. These criteria fall under what is referred to as "quadrant one."

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