NCAA Tournament dishes Virginia a tough road as top team


NCAA Tournament dishes Virginia a tough road as top team

Arizona also won the Pac-12 regular-season championship by two games with a record of 14-4. Duke is the No. 2 seed, followed by No. 3 Michigan State and No. 4 Auburn.

The Midwest's No. 16 seed is Penn (24-8), which won the Ivy League by defeating Harvard, 68-65, on Sunday. There's a reason why sports fans are obsessed with this time of year, and here's to hoping for better results than last year for the Wildcats when they lost in the second round to Wisconsin.

The SEC got eight teams into the tournament field overall, trailing only the ACC's 9 for the most by any conference. Miller and Tony Bennett also used to coach together with Team USA.

-The ACC led the way with nine teams in the tournament, matching a record the ever-expanding conference set previous year.

Throw in Tennessee (25-8), the SEC tournament runner-up, and the South is loaded with roadblocks in Virginia's path to the Final Four.

Third-seeded MI (28-7), victor of 10 straight games, is the likely Sweet Sixteen matchup in what would be a rematch of a game Carolina won in Chapel Hill on November 29. It marks the first ever that both teams will represent the Ocean State in the big dance in consecutive years.

The Florida Gators will open NCAA Tournament play in Texas, pushing for another deep run despite some inconsistent performances during the regular season.

Bubble teams Syracuse, St. Bonaventure, Oklahoma and Arizona State made the field of 68.

The four top seeds in the 2018 tournament are Virginia (the overall No. 1 seed), Villanova, Xavier and Kansas. Villanova, under Coach Jay Wright, is displaying consistent excellence.

Oklahoma State women's basketball coach Jim Littell bristled just hearing the word.

Duke (26-7) has one of the nation's most talented rosters, led by senior guard Grayson Allen and dynamic freshman big man Marvin Bagley Jr. Had that shot missed, Louisville would have probably been in the NCAA Tournament.

It continues to be hard for mid-major conferences to place their teams. After going 31-5 and having a Top 10 KenPom ranking a year ago, the Shockers got a 10 seed. It'll be interesting to watch him go head to head with Alabama star Collin Sexton, who has emerged as a lottery pick for the 2018 NBA Draft.

For the first time, the basketball committee released preliminary rankings in February.

"Clemson-New Mexico State is a fabulous game". "I had to ask my guys, 'How many of you know what state Boise is in?'" coach John Calipari said of the long trip his team faces.

MI is 7-1 in neutral-site games, and the Wolverines went 6-5 in away games and 15-1 at home.

ZAGS IN BOISE: Gonzaga will have a short trip for its opening game as it tries to get back to the national title game. At 17-16, SC never had a shot to make it.