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Kentucky surging toward safety, Marquette moves up in latest NCAA Tournament Bracketology

Kentucky surging toward safety, Marquette moves up in latest NCAA Tournament Bracketology

The NCAA Tournament is just around the corner, and the latest Bracketology update shows some significant changes in the projected field of 68. Kentucky, which has been surging in recent weeks, has moved up to a No. 3 seed in the Midwest Region, while Marquette has jumped to a No. 4 seed in the West.

Kentucky's rise up the rankings comes after a string of impressive wins, including victories over Tennessee, LSU, and Alabama. The Wildcats, who were once on the bubble, are now considered a strong contender to make a deep run in the tournament.

Marquette, meanwhile, has been quietly putting together a solid season, with wins over Wisconsin, Providence, and Xavier. The Golden Eagles are currently second in the Big East standings, behind only Villanova.

Other notable teams in the latest Bracketology update include Gonzaga, which remains the top overall seed, and Michigan State, which has fallen to a No. 9 seed after a recent slump. Duke, which has struggled with injuries and inconsistent play, is currently projected as a No. 7 seed.

In other sports news, the NFL Scouting Combine has been canceled for the second straight year due to COVID-19 concerns. The event, which is typically held in late February and early March, brings together top college football prospects to showcase their skills in front of NFL coaches and scouts.

Instead of the traditional combine, teams will hold individual workouts and meetings with prospects, and the NFL will rely on college pro days and other events to evaluate players. The draft is still scheduled for April 28-30 in Las Vegas.

The cancellation of the combine is just the latest disruption to the NFL calendar caused by the pandemic. Last season saw a shortened preseason, games played without fans, and several postponements due to outbreaks among teams.

In political news, President Biden has signed a bill into law that provides $1.9 billion in funding for Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities. The bill, which passed with bipartisan support in Congress, includes funding for COVID-19 response and relief efforts, as well as programs to address hate crimes and discrimination against AAPI individuals.

The bill comes amid a surge in hate crimes and incidents of discrimination against AAPI individuals, which have increased dramatically during the pandemic. Advocates say that the funding is critical to supporting AAPI communities and addressing the root causes of the discrimination.

Finally, in international news, the United States and China have agreed to hold high-level talks next week, aimed at addressing tensions between the two countries. The talks, which will be held in Anchorage, Alaska, will be the first between the two countries since President Biden took office.

Relations between the U.S. and China have been strained in recent years, due to trade disputes, military tensions, and differences over human rights and democracy. The Biden administration has indicated that it wants to take a tougher stance on China than its predecessor, but also seeks to work with China on issues such as climate change and global health. The upcoming talks are expected to be a key test of the U.S.-China relationship under the new administration.

 

The NCAA Tournament is just around the corner, and the latest Bracketology update shows some significant changes in the projected field of 68. Kentucky, which has been surging in recent weeks, has moved up to a No. 3 seed in the Midwest Region, while Marquette has jumped to a No. 4 seed in the West.

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