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Virginia, 'Nova, Kansas, Xavier earn top seeds — March Madness

12 March 2018

Duke is the third-best team by the site's figures, with Division I's third-best offense and seventh-best defense. You just see the teams in your bracket, and there are some real quality teams.

The NCAA Tournament's selection committee chairman Bruce Rasmussen sat down with TBS after the teams were announced to explain how Virginia was chosen as the No. 1 overall seed and discussed some of the bubble teams that were left out of the tournament. Who will be this year's Cinderella team? The Wildcats (24-10) have won seven of their last eight games entering the NCAA Tournament, with four of those seven wins coming against teams that were ranked or receiving votes in the national listings. The Retrievers upset Vermont in the America East Conference title game Saturday 65-62 on a late 3-pointer. Even though Virginia has been doing this for years, it's still a bit of a weird approach that has not produced a Final Four appearance for the program. Duke was sent to Pittsburgh as the No. 2 seed in the Midwest region. Kansas, Duke and Auburn round out the other teams in the top four. Oh, and it has Oklahoma freshman Trae Young, who has the potential to go on a Steph Curry-like NCAA run. The Wildcats were not going to make the Big Dance as an at-large team, but they knocked off Rhode Island in the A-10 title game to earn an automatic bid. "We just played the No. 1 team in the country and we had them but didn't get it done".

Young became the first player in NCAA history to lead the nation in scoring and assists.

Florida is making its 19th NCAA Tournament appearance and second under White. The Crimson Tide delivered the most thrilling game of the tournament on Thursday when Alabama guard Collin Sexton dropped from the sky a buzzer-beating finger roll that set the college basketball world on fire.

Marshall won't be able to match Marshall's Shockers in terms of talent, but plays a freewheelng style under coach Dan D'Antoni that's hard to prepare for on short notice.

The Big East landed two of the four No. 1 seeds with Villanova and Xavier among the conference's six teams. The 10th-seeded Bulldogs defeated Villanova this season and lost to the Boilermakers in December. On the second weekend, in Atlanta, the Cavaliers may face a major-conference champion in either Kansas or Arizona in the Round of 16, with No. 3-seeded Tennessee (25-8) or Cincinnati - KenPom.com's fourth-best team over all - potentially waiting in the regional final. A tantalising Elite Eight match-up with TCU is a real possibility, and if it pans out, an Aussie will play in the Final Four this year.

A year ago in this space, we told you that North Carolina would win the national championship, so clearly the information contained here is guaranteed to help you win your pool. The victor of that game will face either fifth-seeded Clemson or 12th-seeded New Mexico State in the second round on Sunday.

Virginia, 'Nova, Kansas, Xavier earn top seeds — March Madness