In or out: How the NCAA tournament bracket is decided

Mar 14, 2017, 00:37
In or out: How the NCAA tournament bracket is decided

I CALLED every 2016 first-round upset except Middle Tennessee over Michigan State (still have no clue how that happened) and Stephen F. Austin over West Virginia (thought seriously about it) on the way to 29-3. But Ball is the projected No. 2 pick in the National Basketball Association draft by, and he has lived up to every expectation put on him before the season. The Tar Heels are such a dynamic offensive team, with Joel Berry and Justin Jackson leading the charge. Not his thoughts about the field, just in general. "I think we gained some confidence in Washington, D.C., especially that Maryland game". There might be a wild celebration. or a bunch of blank stares when the final bracket has come and gone.

Gonzaga spent much of the year atop the polls, but the Bulldogs haven't answered questions in some pickers' minds about their strength of schedule.

Villanova has the right numbers.

More commonly known as March Madness, the tournament kicks off with the First Four or games to determine team's seeding in the second round of the tournament.

The Wildcats open play Thursday but there may be an outside influence on that game. Chris Holtmann at Butler, Archie Miller at Dayton and Wichita State's Marshall are all great coaches, too. It is dead even on the numbers. Coach Mark Turgeon said, "I don't know what their (his players') reaction was because I was going insane".

"It was nerve-wracking because when you saw Wisconsin an 8 seed, we were wondering what our seed was going to be", swingman Scottie Lindsey said.

So my Final Four is Villanova-Gonzaga and Wichita State-Louisville. After surviving a scare in the 55-53 semifinal squeaker over Seton Hall, the Wildcats beat up on the Blue Jays in the Big East championship game, winning 74-60 on Saturday night.

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Some of the Privateers described winning Saturday's title game as nearly "living a sports movie", and said they never doubted that things would go their way in the end.

It would be hard to top last year's six-game performance with that epic ending unless, of course, Villanova does it all over again.

"We were the champions a year ago". Teams that win it twice in a row are remembered forever. The No. 12 seed attacks in transition and has a fast-paced, high-powered offense that could overwhelm Virginia's pack line defense in the first round. The 6-foot-9 sophomore is averaging 33.8 points over a five-game stretch beginning with that performance and dropped 37 in the Summit League championship game.

After a wild week, the Wolverines won't tip off in the NCAA Tournament until Friday, when they face the Oklahoma State Cowboys.

Now, in a five-month span, both droughts are over thanks largely to men who insisted players believe. You either love or hate the Blue Devils, but Coach K more often than not has his guys ready to play in March.

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How far Northwestern might march in the Dance is not something Collins is concerning himself with at the moment - "We can't be anxious about anything but playing Vanderbilt and trying to do what it takes on Thursday to win that game." - but obviously being in an 8-9 matchup means any potential Round of 32 game is likely to come against a No. 1 seed, in this case Gonzaga.