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NCAA Basketball:  Seedings Set for 'March Madness' - 2004-03-15

The 65 teams have been selected for U.S. college basketball's national tournament which tips off Tuesday with the play-in game between Florida A-and-M and Lehigh.

Kentucky is the overall number-one tournament seed. Kentucky notched its 25th Southeastern Conference title Sunday by dismantling Florida, 89-73. Chuck Hayes scored 23 points for the nationally eighth-ranked Wildcats.

Other regional top seeds include Saint Joseph's and Stanford. Although losing the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament championship final for the first time in five years, Duke took the fourth regional top seed.

Maryland beat Duke, 95-87, following an amazing 12-point comeback to force overtime in the ACC final. John Gilchrist led Maryland with a game high 26 points. Maryland won the national title in 2002, but was in danger of completely missing the national championship tournament this year. The win earned Maryland a fourth-seed position.

In other games Sunday, 10th-ranked Wisconsin beat number-13 Illinois, 70-53 to claim the Big-10 conference championship. Number-seven Oklahoma State prevailed in the Big-12 conference championship with a 65-49 win over 11th-ranked Texas. Lehigh edged American University, 59-57, to win the Patriot conference title. The national championship tournament swings into full action on Thursday and Friday. The regional finals are next week (March 25-28). The Final Four teams meet in San Antonio, Texas on April 3. The national championship game is April 5.

Some information for this report provided by AP.