Midwest Region: No. 12 New Mexico State over No. 5 Clemson. Even if Michigan State and Duke last the first weekend, Miles Bridges and Marvin Bagley III will meet in the Sweet Sixteen, and one will be sent home. Rookie coach Ed Jucker pulled off the feat at Cincinnati in 1961 and did it again the next season. "But, our nonconference strength of schedule was 12th and it gave us a top-40 nonconference RPI which compared to the other teams on the list, I feel probably made a difference".
The amateur competition offers office wagering and interest from people who may not know much about basketball. Playing what he calls "hillbilly ball", a wide-open style reliant on 3-point shooting, the Herd have gotten better each year under him. There's no surprise here: The Jayhawks have been at least a four seed every year since 2000. They tend to advance.
The difference between the Wildcats and Cavaliers came two years ago when Villanova won the national title.
Freshmen Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Kevin Knox and PJ Washington - along with sophomores Wenyen Gabriel and Sacha Killeya-Jones - rose to the challenge last week with the team's best interior defender and rebounder, Jarred Vanderbilt, sidelined with an ankle injury.
There isn't a particular matchup in the first round that has a team on upset alert, but there's an interesting potential matchup in the second round that should peak your interest.
When fans think of the NCAA tournament, it's hard to beat the excitement of the first weekend, when upsets, buzzer beaters and spectacular performances can be common. Rhode Island should have beaten OR last season in the second round if not for a Tyler Dorsey three-pointer with just over 30 seconds left in the game. The Cougars played so powerfully in their run to the AAC championship game, but how many wars do we expect them to survive? That's why basketball fans can take advantage of the numerous streaming options available so they can follow NCAA games while on the go. Duke, on the other hand, has had multiple games where defense seemed optional, and that could be their undoing. Wouldn't you agree? Folks, we've seen multiple No. 2-seeds get dropped by No. 15-seeds over the years.
Of course, if you don't want to rely on the any of the apps or online livestreams, you can quickly sign up for a TV streaming service online. The second round will be played on Monday night. And lastly, DirecTV Now's "Live a Little" tier will set you back $35 a month.
Iona (20-13, 11-7 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) has their work cut out for them but will have a nation of Duke-haters on their side. "We're just trying to do this for each other". "Sometimes it's matchups. It's not just a seed as much as maybe the matchups and the style you end up getting". Not to mention Grayson Allen, who will be sure to make plenty of highlight reels with his play as well as his penchant for tripping the opposition "on accident".More news: LLC Reduces Position in Express Scripts Holding (ESRX)
High school senior players eventually drafted by an National Basketball Association team: About three in 10,000, or 0.03 percent.
De Sousa held his own against physical Mountaineers big man Sagaba Konate, giving the Jayhawks a certain toughness they might have lacked without Azubuike in the lineup.
Villanova's title odds are twice as good as Kansas' odds.
As previously stated, this region is very top heavy.
Dear Selection Committee, let's take the 64 best teams in America and lock them in the Big Dance.
Kansas is a good pick for the victor of this region. ASU has advanced to the NCAA Tournament 16 times in the history of the program.
The tournament starts Thursday. Is this the year Kansas can get back to the Final Four after a five-year hiatus?