Published: Mon, March 12, 2018
Sports | By Spencer Underwood

Sooners first four in, on bubble in latest bracketology

Sooners first four in, on bubble in latest bracketology

Recall last weekend. No sooner had Chicago's Loyola Ramblers earned their first tournament berth since 1985 than TV people were speculating as to whether they would be an 11 seed or No. 12 and predicting they would give some opponent trouble.

It's Christmas morning for college basketball fans.

Let's also consider the health of the players, since it's clear the powers-that-be aren't giving it a second thought. It's the third 1-seed in the past five seasons under coach Tony Bennett, who guided his team to a regional final two years ago but has yet to take the next step: the Final Four.

Since the conference tournament was held a week earlier than usual, the Spartans will be well-rested when they play their first-round game. Quadrant 1 games consist of a home game against a top-30 RPI team, a neutral-site game against the top 50, or a road game against the top 75.

How could you not feel sorry for Villanova last season?

Katz reported Thursday the committee had selected 28 teams, as well as the top two line, (The No. 1 and No. 2 seeds), with 33 teams remaining on the board "under consideration". Charleston guard Joe Chealey averages 17 points and 3.7 assists per game. They weren't intimidated at all and knocked off the Wildcats 65-62 in the second round. UVA won the ACC regular season and tournament titles this year, posting a 31-2 overall record. All television channels, tipoff times and approximated tipoff times are listed below. The three other No. 1 seeds are Villanova (East), Kansas (Midwest) and Xavier (West). There were other head-scratchers, but maybe the committee learned its lesson.

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Can anybody stop Virginia in the NCAA tournament? One-and-done is a hot topic right now. Top-seeded and No. 25 Rhode Island looked like a lock to get into the field of 68 no matter what happened Sunday.

Whether Notre Dame makes the NCAA Tournament or unfortunately plays in the NIT, they will have to get ready quickly.

Can Arizona overcome a tumultuous month? As many as 12 additional higher-ranked teams could also grab automatic bids, which means leaving OU out could become a math problem.

Both CBS and ESPN have the Wolverines playing in Dallas. UCLA has the cache, but St. Bonaventure might have the better team. Yes, "quadrants" is a new vocabulary word every bracketologist is familiar with for the 2018 NCAA Tournament. During a 13-win Big Ten season, Nebraska played its way onto the bubble.

It's been nearly a week since MI basketball won the Big Ten Championship in the Big Apple. But it appears that won't be enough for the Cornhuskers and Nittany Lions.

Beyond Xavier, the South's toughest outs include last year's runner-up, Gonzaga (30-4), which received a No. 4 seed; red-hot MI, the Big Ten tournament champion; and North Carolina, which will open the tournament in Charlotte.

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