Wolfson won’t know where she’s going for the first round until late Sunday night, well after the selections are made. There’s nothing like the smell of anxiety in the morning. Jerry Palm at CBS concludes the same.
The idea when looking at your bracket is to pick the most winners and the championship team. Virginia comes into the tournament as the overall No. 1 seed and the unanimous No. 1 team in both the AP and coaches’ poll.
San Diego State’s upset of Nevada in the Mountain West Tournament claimed another bubble slot.
Davidson’s run to the Atlantic 10 Tournament title apparently stole a bid that otherwise would have gone to Notre Dame.
Out of sight, out of mind is always a problem in the media.
Elsewhere in the Big 12, No. 1 seed Kansas, ranked No. 9 in the country, should have a relatively easy game against No. 8 seed Oklahoma State, who they defeated by 18 this past Saturday.
The Hurricanes will be making a third straight NCAA Tournament appearance for only the second time in school history. The Jayhawks (27-7, 13-5) have the No. 2 strength of schedule and are the most battle tested, hailing from the country’s toughest conference – RPI wise and nine out of 10 teams were in the mix for NCAA bids this year. St. Bonaventure was surprisingly left out of the NCAA Tournament field in 2016 despite having a strong case. It wouldn’t have made the hurt any easier to take for Paris Lee, Tony Wills and others, but it would have spared them more agony as each bracket ticked off without “Illinois State” being shown. I think the NCAA Tournament is one of those things that really brings people together.
One of the biggest metrics driven websites on the Internet, Team Rankings.com has also said the Nebrasketball team is a solid entry into the field.
“So he keeps us updated”, Gill said. Louisville finished 3-10 against Quadrant 1 teams, and 2-3 against Quadrant 2. Quadrant 2 games include those against opponents ranked 31-75 at home, 51-100 on neutral court, and 76-135 on the road.
“I don’t think we’ve peaked yet”.
The chairman of the NCAA selection committee, Bruce Rasumussen, has said the investigations played no part of the bracket-filling process. “It’s not up to us, but they without a doubt earned it”.
“I think it is important”, Kansas coach Bill Self said.
Xavier came up just short of the Final Four a year ago, losing to eventual finalist Gonzaga in the Elite Eight.
Michigan State (29-4) won the Big Ten regular season championship and lost in its tournament semifinals to rival Michigan, which handed the Spartans two of their four losses.
Much like the plethora of meaningless college football bowls, these tournaments exist largely to provide a glut of television programming and churn out even more revenue for the schools.
Virginia’s first NCAA Tournament berth since 2010 and its first of the Joanne Boyle era will not official until the Cavaliers hear their name announced during ESPN’s selection show at 7 p.m. on Monday.
So the end is in sight.
The NCAA tournament bubble is overcrowded heading into Selection Sunday, and Big 12 teams are fighting for a lot of the parking spaces.