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PROJECTED REGIONAL SEEDS Staff writer Joey Johnston takes a look at the landscape for this season's NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament: EAST (Boston) 1. Connecticut (26-2)
2. Missouri (24-4) 3. Wake Forest (21-5) 4. Xavier (23-5) SOUTH (Memphis, Tenn.) 1. North Carolina (24-3) 2. Villanova (23-5) 3. Kansas (23-5) 4. Marquette (23-5) MIDWEST (Indianapolis) 1. Pittsburgh (25-3) 2. Michigan State (22-5) 3. Louisville (22-5) 4. Clemson (22-5) WEST (Glendale, Ariz.) 1. Memphis (25-3) 2. Oklahoma (25-3) 3. Duke (23-5) 4. Arizona State (21-6) THEY SAID IT WHO'S HOT The Memphis Tigers (25-3, 13-0 Conference USA), who have won 19 straight games (and 55 in a row in C-USA since March 2, 2006). WHO'S NOT The Oklahoma Sooners (25-3), once secure for a No. 1 seed, who are on a two-game losing streak after star player Blake Griffin suffered a concussion. BY THE NUMBERS Georgetown's record this season in Big East home games (the Hoyas were 28-5 in Big East home games during the first four seasons of Coach John Thompson III). Number of Big 12 victories for Missouri (24-4, 11-2), the most conference wins for the Tigers since 1998-99. Number of consecutive SEC wins by LSU (24-4, 12-1), which has moved into a fifth-place tie for the league's most consecutive wins in conference games. Connecticut's record away from home this season. Number of blocked shots by South Carolina, which set a school record, in Wednesday night's 77-59 win against Kentucky. The all-time record for consecutive conference victories (Kentucky, SEC, 1945-50). Memphis has 55 straight wins in C-USA. PROJECTED REGIONAL SEEDS THEY SAID IT WHO'S HOT WHO'S NOT BY THE NUMBERS