Baylor gets top seed in NCAA committee’s initial rankings

Kansas, Gonzaga, and San Diego State join the Bears as No. 1 seeds.

At 20-1, Baylor is ranked No. 1 in the AP Top 25.
Ranked No. 1 in the AP Top 25, Baylor has won 19 straight games. –Rod Aydelotte/AP Photo

Baylor, Kansas, Gonzaga and San Diego State are the top seeds in the NCAA’s preliminary rankings.

The Bears were the No. 1 overall seed in rankings released Saturday by the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee.

The preliminary rankings, based on games through Friday, are designed to be a sneak peek at the selection process before the official seeds are revealed on Selection Sunday, which is March 15. The Final Four is March 27-29 in Atlanta.

Baylor, which is No. 1 in the AP Top 25, was slotted in the South Region in Houston with Louisville, Seton Hall and Auburn.

The third-ranked Jayhawks were the No. 2 overall seed and placed in the Midwest Region in Indianapolis with Dayton, Florida State and Michigan State.

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No. 2 Gonzaga was the third overall seed and topped a West Region in Los Angeles with West Virginia, Villanova and Oregon.

The East Region, to be played in New York, was topped by No. 4 San Diego State and includes Duke, Maryland and Butler. The Aztecs are the lone remaining undefeated team in Division I.