Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
Sports | By Spencer Underwood

NCAA Tournament: North Carolina earns bid, set to defend title

NCAA Tournament: North Carolina earns bid, set to defend title

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Auburn, which shared the SEC regular season championship, is back in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2003. Or if some lower seeds, or even a potential Cinderella, make it to those national semifinal games March 31. All have won national titles, and they're in the same regional this season.

Providence is a program with a rich NCAA Tournament history, making Final Four appearances in 1973 and 1987.

It's no secret many people doubted KU this season, but they have proved all that talk wrong with winning the Big 12 Conference title, the tournament title, and landing a number one spot for the tournament. The Aggies have wins over Auburn and Kentucky this season, two teams who have spent most of the year in the top 25, but they don't have much else on their resume. Before that, Self went to the NCAA twice with Tulsa and three times with IL. The Shockers will take on 13th-seeded Marshall on Friday. The quadrant's bottom half features second-seeded Duke, a perennial championship contender, and third-seeded Michigan State (29-4), among college basketball's most balanced teams.

The Tigers don't go into the NCAA Tournament the way they might have hoped a month ago, when they had won 21 of 23 games from November 19 to February 14 including 14 straight to end nonconference play and open their SEC slate. UNC tied the 2016 title game in Texas on a double-clutch 3-pointer with 4.7 seconds left before Villanova won on a buzzer-beating 3-pointer.

UMBC (24-10) punched a trip the NCAA tournament on Saturday after taking down top-seeded Vermont in the America East Conference championship game. North Carolina and UCLA were the other No. 1 seeds in San Antonio. "That's why we play the games".

D'Antoni said he lost some close friends and a mentor in Dr.

The Bearcats do have some quality offensive players but no one who is capable of carrying the team against high-level competition. "It's been a dream for me and a lot of my teammates just watching the tournament", sophomore point guard Jared Harper said.

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For the players, they've been watching selection Sunday their whole lives and now they finally get to be involved in it.

The Hurley brothers both have their teams in the NCAA Tournament.

If Michigan wins, they could face an underrated No. 6 seed in Houston.

Bobby Hurley's team at Arizona State would have to win an extra game to get there.

First-year Ohio State men's basketball coach Chris Holtmann shouts instructions to the Buckeyes during a December game against Appalachian State.

Rhode Island (25-7), an at-large team from the Atlantic 10 coached by Dan Hurley, plays Thursday against Oklahoma. "But they still play because they're just a little sore". The Wolverines looked like one of the hottest teams in the country when they last played but will they have any rust when they face No. 14 seed Montana?

From the top seed in the NCAA Tournament - Virginia - to those that barely made it into the bracket - Arizona State and Syracuse - it feels as though everyone involved in March Madness is on the bubble this year.

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