For some reason, Jerry Palm continued to list Michigan as a four seed, while having Michigan State as a two seed. "Or the opposite, where the metrics aren't great but when you look at them you say, 'Boy, this is a very good team.' Because of what reasons?" It may not be enough for a two seed, but it's close.
Lunardi had Texas as one of his last four teams in the field before the win, underscoring how important it was for Shaka Smart's squad. The top eight receiving the most votes proceed to the next step when members rank those teams 1-8.
Yet the fourth-seeded Wildcats (27-7) went on to win the Pac-12 regular-season and tournament titles, and open NCAA play against 13-seed Buffalo (26-8) on Thursday in Boise, Idaho. Virginia and Villanova are tight for the overall No. 1 - I'd give the edge to the Cavaliers based on more high-quality road victories, five against the top 50 teams - and Kansas, with 20 Quadrant 1 and 2 victories, will be the third top seed.
Regional round games will be hosted in Boston (East), Atlanta (South), Los Angeles (West), and Omaha, Neb., (Midwest). In this era of overgrown leagues, the Atlantic Coast Conference, Southeastern Conference and Big Ten tournaments have all mushroomed into five-day affairs, which means a low-seeded team that makes an unexpected run to the title game would have to play five games within 120 hours.
For the second straight year, the A.C.C. placed nine teams in the tournament. In the past, the field has been announced along with the full bracket...
A total of 10 teams will fight for conference supremacy over the next four days, with the victor getting an automatic berth in the NCAA tournament. Villanova, under Coach Jay Wright, is displaying consistent excellence.
Virginia went to a Final Four in 1981 with the 7-foot-4 Sampson, then made an unexpected trip there in 1984 as a 7-seed. The first team out was Notre Dame, which played much of the season without its injured senior star Bonzie Colson. But Davidson's only hope was to win the conference tournament - and Stephen Curry's alma mater did just that.
It continues to be hard for mid-major conferences to place their teams.
However, Young still led the Sooners to the Big Dance thanks to 5 top-25 RPI wins and a strong nonconference schedule. TBS has promised to complete the matchups by the end of the first hour rather than string everyone as frustratingly as CBS did two years ago.
The committee chair will get down to the final teams and ask members to rank their top four, much like the ESPN panel did on College GameDay Saturday morning.
The victor of this game plays sixth-seeded Florida. Mobley averaged 18.5 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game. Both figures are the highest since the line was moved back a foot in 2008. It's only big win this season: at Gonzaga in January.