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ESPN: The 7 Teams In Contention For No. 1 Seeds

Center court of an NCAA Tournament basketball court.

PITTSBURGH, PA - MARCH 15: A general view of the court with March Madness signage is seen prior to the start of the game between the Oklahoma Sooners and the Rhode Island Rams in the first round of the 2018 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at PPG PAINTS Arena on March 15, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

The 2018 NCAA Tournament is approaching fast. Selection Sunday is less than two weeks away.

Which teams are in contention for No. 1 seeds? ESPN tackled that issue today.

There appear to be six teams fighting for the top seed line, with one more team as a potential dark horse in the race.

Those six teams:

  • Virginia
  • Villanova
  • Xavier
  • Kansas
  • Duke
  • Michigan State

Of those six teams, only one has locked up a No. 1 seed, according to ESPN. That team is Virginia.

"Virginia might be the only surefire 1-seed. The Cavaliers essentially clinched the ACC title before the calendar even turned to February, and their profile is rock-solid. No. 1 RPI, No. 1 KenPom, 11-1 away from home, 8-1 against Quadrant 1, wins over Duke, North Carolina and more. Assuming they don't lose every game the rest of the way, they're good to go," ESPN writes.

The dark horse? North Carolina.

"North Carolina could be a darkhorse if the Tar Heels run the table the rest of the way, due to their elite-level power numbers (RPI, SOS, nonconference SOS) and 10 Quadrant 1 wins," says ESPN.

The NCAA Tournament can't get here fast enough.