And then there were ones.

Four No. 1s, that is.

Kansas wore down Stephen Curry and plucky upstart Davidson with its size and strength, holding on for a 59-57 victory yesterday that put all four No. 1 seeds into the Final Four for the first time.

After Kansas’ Sherron Collins missed with 19 seconds left, the 10th-seeded Wildcats got one last chance. Curry was double-teamed, could not get off a shot and forced to pass to Jason Richards, whose 25-footer from the top of the key thudded off the backboard.

Richards dropped to his back at midcourt while the Jayhawks celebrated with a measure of relief.

Kansas moved on to play overall No. 1 seed North Carolina on Saturday, and UCLA and Memphis, which routed Texas 85-67 yesterday led by Derrick Rose and his 21 points and nine assists, will round out the party at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Tex. Three No. 1s have advanced three times, most recently in 1999.

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