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Reseeding the Sweet 16

Kansas guard Tyshawn Taylor slammed the ball through

Kansas guard Tyshawn Taylor slammed the ball through the net against Illinois during first-half action in the third round of the men's NCAA tournament at the BOK Center in Tulsa, Okla. (March 20, 2011) Credit: MCT

The NCAA Tournament battlefield is littered with the remains of broken brackets thanks to the elimination in the first week of nine of 11 Big East teams, including top-seeded Pitt in the Southeast, and the advance of eighth-seeded Butler and four double-digit seeds to the Sweet 16.

So, Newsday is hitting the "reset" button and offering our power rankings for the remaining teams. The order is based partially on original seeding but recognizes the competitive matchups in the Southeast, the weakness of the Southwest, each team's performance in the tournament and how the difficulty of their path affects their odds of reaching the Final Four in Houston.



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