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UVa unanimous No. 1 in AP poll; UM up to 7th

10 March 2018, 12:51 | Santos West

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Young can take over any game but struggled down the stretch by his standards, averaging 18 points per game over his last four. I left the Rams off my ballot after a harrowing 30-point home loss to Saint Joe's and a two-point road loss to Davidson. This won't be an easy feat, as Texas Tech enters the game ranked No. 14 in the country.

The week's biggest fall belonged to Rhode Island.

The next step for the 13th-ranked Volunteers (23-7, 13-5 SEC) is to change their history of frustration in the Southeastern Conference Tournament. Marquette has another must-win game with Depaul to start, then they will LIKELY have to beat Villanova to get into the Big Dance.

Villanova (27-4) may have lost its stranglehold on the Big East, finishing in second place after winning the previous four regular-season titles, but it still owns Xavier (27-4). The first meeting, in January, was a 24-point margin. It is near impossible for a mid-major conference to become a major conference unless major schools move to the aforementioned conference.

"But if it doesn't get fixed in the long run it could", McManus said.

If only that same approach translated to a three-days-in-three-games format.

The tenacious 6-foot point guard his coach calls a "pit bull" drove right to the basket, but instead of putting up the hook shot he usually goes to Xavier Simpson instead whipped a pass to the backup big man who became a MI folk hero at Madison Square Garden on Sunday. The Big Ten Tournament began in 1998, and also was between MI and Purdue.

Another team to watch is the Ohio State University Buckeyes who earlier in the season did not seem to be very favorable or begin with a lot of buzz.

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The perception on Spurs against the two-time European runners up has shifted from plucky underdogs to outright favorites. Tottenham's last defeat came against Premier League champions-elect Manchester City back in December 2017.

Louisville (Out)- Blowing a significant lead and losing at the buzzer to Virginia and falling to NC State to end the regular season may keep them out of the NCAA Tournament. "It wouldn't be the biggest surprise in the world if they got seeded ahead of Michigan State".

It's the first time in 36 years that the brackets won't be announced on CBS. Arizona State, for instance, [has] just a couple. Those final three games will be played in the Alamodome in San Antonio.

With our Game Picks, you can see who our algorithm is picking to win each game, along with picks on over/unders, how a team is projected to perform against the spread, and more. Despite being cleared, Bridges' performance has not been as strong since. Alabama's first opponent in the tournament, Texas A&M, just beat the Crimson Tide by two on Saturday, so these two teams should be quite familiar with each other. Preseason favorite Kentucky (21-10) is the No. 4 seed, its eight league losses its most since 2008-09, the a year ago of the short-lived Billy Gillispie era.

The Friars are among Lunardi's last four byes, but they are in a precarious position as the Big East's No. 5 seed entering the tournament. The Gators went 11-7 in conference play, but pulled off two big victories over Kentucky and one against Auburn over the last six weeks of the season. According to Pomeroy's metrics, the Aggies have the 12th-best adjusted defensive efficiency rating in the nation.

"I'll remind everybody, there's been some great NCAA Tournament teams that win their tournament like this Sunday or this Monday: Gonzaga; Wichita State; Butler".

Well, the time is finally here for everyone to start thinking about their brackets.

Statistics courtesy of and are through games of Sunday, March 4.

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