Here are three takeaways from the NCAA Tournament selections.
Topped by No. 1 seed Kansas, the Midwest also includes Duke and Michigan State, which were both ranked in the top 4 in The Associated Press poll. The No. 1 seeds are strong, but drop down to the 2 or 3 seed line, and you'll find championship-level programs and talent that are just as capable of cutting down the nets in San Antonio come April.
North Carolina, which won three games in the ACC tournament before losing to Virginia in the title game, is the 2-seed in the West.
And, the Wildcats are going to need all of the help they can get if they are going to escape the first two rounds in Charlotte, North Carolina. They demonstrated that in their most recent two games, a win and a loss to the same Alabama team.
Expect to see a few Zags fans in Boise. "We have never been to Wichita and look forward to doing that".
The Pac-12 Tournament Champion Wildcats used a strong second half to knock off the USC Trojans with a 75-61 victory in the championship game.
At least Alabama scheduled Arizona in Tucson (they lost), but you can't evaluate their strongest nonconference road win, because they don't have any.
"We look at the entire body of work", Rasmussen said.
Nebraska played some tough non-conference opponents and came oh so close to knocking off the Kansas Jayhawks in December. The Cavaliers don't do it pretty, but all they've done is win. "We know they stumbled down the stretch and that certainly affected their seeding, but they had enough on their resume to get in".
The college game continues to keep pace with general basketball trends, with almost 22 3-pointers attempted, and 7.7 made, per game.
Duke is set to play 15th-seeded Iona in Pittsburgh.
The Spartans and Coach Wes Miller are in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2001.
Top 4 seeds: 1.
A federal investigation has alleged hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes and kickbacks being funneled to influence recruits, an FBI probe that many fans believe reveals just a tiny slice of potential corruption in college sports. MI won the 1989 national championship and most recently advanced to the Final Four in 2013.
"I did feel like this team could go to the NCAA Tournament", Pearl said. "All the adversity that we've gone through". The quality of competition. "It's why we play the games".
The fabled last four in were Arizona State, St. Bonaventure, Syracuse (a team that was not thought even to be on the bubble) and U.C.L.A. "They can no longer say that the team in the SEC that hasn't been to the NCAA Tournament the longest is Auburn". De Sousa emerged as a replacement for 7-footer Udoka Azubuike, who missed the Big 12 tournament with a knee injury. Auburn plays Charleston and Clemson goes against New Mexico State in the first round. For five straight seasons, a team seeded seventh or lower has advanced to the national semifinals, with the No. 7 Connecticut Huskies winning it all in 2014.
- Auburn, Alabama heading to the NCAA Tournament
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