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NCAA's March Madness being played in shadow of scandal

12 Mars 2018

The Musketeers could be poised to break through this season.

Yet the fourth-seeded Wildcats (27-7) went on to win the Pac-12 regular-season and tournament titles, and open NCAA play against 13-seed Buffalo (26-8) on Thursday in Boise, Idaho. Purdue and Villanova could meet in the East Region final months after it was expected they would play in the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament. It's never that easy, but that's what I think will happen.

For the overall No. 1 seed, Virginia did not get a easy road, but the lower half isn't super strong. SFA (25-6) fell to Lamar in the Southland Conference tournament's championship game.

Their first game will be Friday evening in Detroit against the victor of Tuesday evening's game between Arizona and Syracuse.

I always take all the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds to win in the first round.

In fact, according to the advanced analytics site KenPom.com, Kansas - though seeded first - is the third-best team in its own quadrant. Out went Baylor, Louisville, and Oklahoma State.

Blueitt's return was a huge boon to the Musketeers. Alabama wasn't likely to be selected to the NCAA Tournament until they made a run in the SEC Tournament.

Yep, I crossed that one out a few times. "The volume wasn't up high enough to hear".

"Every time we win it's a different feeling, a different celebration in the locker room because we haven't done it", Wilson said.

Michigan is getting a raw deal: Why is Michigan State in Detroit at Little Caesars Arena and Michigan forced to jet off to Wichita? Fans will be notified by 5 p.m. if their order will be fulfilled.

No. 2 North Carolina vs. Nana Foulland, a 6-10, 235-pound senior center, is averaging 15.4 points, 6.9 rebounds and 1.7 blocks.

Virginia, coming off the 71-63 victory over UNC on Saturday night in the ACC championship game in Brooklyn, New York, was one of nine ACC teams that received NCAA Tournament bids. However, for those who are unfamiliar with the tournament or who don't watch a lot of college basketball, this may seem like it is strictly a guessing game. He has a 68-32 record and he's guided the Bison to regular-season Patriot League titles all three seasons, along with a couple of conference tourney titles and NCAA tourney berths.

No. 5 seed Kansas plays No. 12 Davidson on Thursday in Boise, Idaho. The Friars (23-10) had one of the conference-tournament season's biggest upsets, taking down Xavier in overtime of the Big East semifinals.

Future NBA Draft picks: Robert Williams, Texas A&M; Luke Maye, North Carolina; Theo Pinson, North Carolina; Moritz Wagner, Michigan; Michael Porter, Missouri; Keita Bates-Diop, Ohio State; Mike Daum, South Dakota State; Killian Tillie, Gonzaga.

The Tigers will play the 12th seeded New Mexico State Aggies on Friday, March 16 in San Diego, Calif. St. Mary's was left out despite going 28-5 and beating Gonzaga because, Rasmussen said, it did not have enough quality wins, even as he acknowledged that it is structurally hard for teams outside basketball's six power conferences to schedule top nonleague competition. Wichita State has the veteran leadership to get through to the second weekend.

NCAA's March Madness being played in shadow of scandal