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Virginia, Villanova, Kansas and Xavier top seeds in NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament

12 Mars 2018

Beyond Xavier, the South's toughest outs include last year's runner-up, Gonzaga (30-4), which received a No. 4 seed; red-hot MI, the Big Ten tournament champion; and North Carolina, which will open the tournament in Charlotte.

Florida's last one-and-done in the NCAA Tournament was in the 2010 rendition, when the Gators lost to BYU, while its last Final Four berth came in 2014.

- WHERE ARE THE 1s?: Only twice since the 2008 tournament has the NCAA title game even been a matchup of No. 1 seeds.

"If you can stay in the west, I think that's great", NMSU Director of Athletics Mario Moccia said. "It will be a physical war".

"I really do feel like we got slapped in the face", Miles said.

The Orange also notched six wins against teams that made the NCAA field.

The Syracuse-Arizona State victor will play No. 6 seed Texas Christian on Friday in Detroit. The Tigers are 23-9 this season. Miami is a No. 6 seed in the tournament. Marcquise Reed was named to the All-ACC second-team, Gabe DeVoe earned All-ACC honorable mention, while Elijah Thomas was named to the All-ACC Defensive team. Most didn't bear good news for the Orange, but Boeheim wasn't sure. And then when Seton Hall was announced as the 24th at-large team, the glass-is-half-empty fans in the audience had to be convinced that the cable network had spelled their beloved school S-A-I-N-T Bonaventure and, therefore, it had been bypassed yet again.

Barry Brown is expected to be ready to go Friday, as well.

Davis admitted he didn't know much about Providence, which averages 73.7 points and allows an average of 72.7 points.

The college game continues to keep pace with general basketball trends, with almost 22 3-pointers attempted, and 7.7 made, per game. North Carolina and UCLA were the other No. 1 seeds in San Antonio.

"I was right along with them, " Boeheim, 73, said.

Not that Kentucky is incapable of fighting its way out of Idaho and advancing on to Atlanta, home of the South Region semifinals and finals.

The Aztecs came out of nowhere to claim the Mountain West's automatic bid, winning their last nine games and jumping from No. 79 in's rankings to No. 50 in that stretch. They've been able to find their way out of tough spots over the last month but won't be able to against a team as efficient as Loyola.

Call in sick for work on Thursday and Friday now because the 2018 NCAA tournament bracket has arrived. The Blue Devils are looking to win their sixth NCAA Tournament. I will have two of the teams working with me for at least the next 48 hours and focusing just on the College of Charleston. They were ultimately eliminated by Oklahoma.

DON'T FORGET: Butler. The Bulldogs are no stranger to deep runs in the tournament, though the No. 10 seed is a little low compared with recent history. Situations like that we practice for. Gonzaga gets revenge against UNC in the regional final.

Ryan Odom, who is in his second season leading the Retrievers, grew up in Charlottesville when his father, Dave Odom, was an assistant coach at UVa from 1982-89. The Aggies concluded their football season in the Belk Bowl with a 55-52 loss to Wake Forest. He might be a high-volume shooter, but his scoring prowess would play well on teams in the ACC.

"I told our players that everyone can play if they're in there", Bennett said in a teleconference Sunday after the pairings were released.

Virginia, Villanova, Kansas and Xavier top seeds in NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament