Indiana claims top seed in East

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(Sports Network) - Indiana spent more time at the top of the polls than any other team in the country and now the Hoosiers are the top seed in the East region.

Although, the Hoosiers (27-6) were probably hoping for the No. 1 overall seed and a spot in the Midwest region that runs through Indianapolis.

But Indiana slipped a bit near the end of the season after dropping three of its final six games, including a semifinal loss to Wisconsin in the Big Ten Tournament.

The Hoosiers' first test? A second-round matchup between the winner of a first-round game between NEC champion LIU-Brooklyn and CAA champion James Madison.

Miami-Florida received the No. 2 seed after defeating North Carolina in the ACC Tournament championship game. The Hurricanes open against 15th-seeded Pacific, which won the Big West.

The Hurricanes became the first ACC team to not get a top seed after winning both the regular season and conference tournament.

Marquette earned the No. 3 seed and after a trip to the Big East title game, Syracuse was rewarded with a No. 4 seed. The Golden Eagles will play Southern Conference champion Davidson, while the Orange will take on Big Sky champion Montana.

The other East Region games pit fifth-seeded UNLV against 12-seeded California, sixth-seeded Butler vs Patriot League champion and No. 11 seed Bucknell, seventh-seeded Illinois against 10th-seeded Colorado and No. 8 seed NC State versus ninth-seeded Temple.

The South's Sweet 16 and Elite Eight games will be played at the Verizon Center in Washington on March 28 and 30.

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