Breaking down Kentucky's path to the Final Four

Mar 13, 2017, 00:47
Breaking down Kentucky's path to the Final Four

"By revealing the brackets quicker, it's going to leave us a good chunk of time on the back end to talk about the matchups and the bubble teams and the No. 1 seeds", he said. A 9-9 road record also worked in their favor. If they win, they draw the victor of a matchup between first-seeded Gonzaga and South Dakota State on Saturday. They've been shafted by the committee in the past. The Wildcats haven't had a postseason loss since last year's Big East final against Seton Hall, a loss they barely avenged in Friday's semifinal. Southern California and Kansas State vs. Wake Forest. Proof that there is no way the field should ever be expanded beyond 68. Right now major bracketologists have the Pirates seeded from eighth to 10th. That could change with a Pirate upset of Villanova tonight.

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He's the nation's leader in rebounding at 13.1 boards per game, and averages a double-double with his 15.3 points per contest.

Some of college basketball's strongest title contenders and most exciting players reside on the West Coast - and, because of that, are setting up a fascinating scenario at the Pac-12 tournament. A Rhode Island berth would be a first for head coach Dan Hurley, closing a hole in his otherwise impressive resume.

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Entering the season, the Duke Blue Devils were the favorites to win it all and rightfully so given their level of talent. Then injuries, leave of absences and tripping scandals ensued.

The only other real threats in a solid but not overly impressive East Region are No. 3 Baylor and No. 5 Virginia, but most of the other higher seeds face some hard lower-seeded teams like UNC Wilmington (No. 12 facing Virginia) or Eastern Tennessee State (No. 13 facing No. 4 Florida) and could perhaps offer a respite for the Cats if they take care of business. Their nonconference schedule was weak but they own two wins over Baylor, one over West Virginia and Oklahoma State and had two losses to Kansas by a total of five points. Their draw will be closely scrutinized for opportunities for advancement.

Villanova, which trailed Seton Hall by as many as 14 points in the first half past year, rallied to take the lead before losing by two with Brunson watching from the bench.

No one's saying this team should be a top five seeded team, but there is no question in my mind that this is a team worthy of a bid to the madness. They opened with 14 straight wins, finished with 12 top-50 RPI wins, only lost once to an unranked team, never lost to a school that's not in this NCAA Tournament - and they won the Big East regular-season title and the Big East Tournament title.