March 18, 2018

Selection Sunday: The cases for and against Nebraska

12 March 2018, 04:11 | Randolph Howard

Selection Sunday: The cases for and against Nebraska

Members of the Mississippi State women’s basketball team pose with a Southeastern Conference sign after the team’s victory against Texas A&M clinched the program’s first SEC regular-season title

"It's tough", guard Christian James said after OU's Big 12 Tournament loss to Oklahoma State.

Lastly, Rasmussen said there were plenty of teams that were considered for the final few spots in the tournament. Fun fact: The inaugural tournament had only eight teams and saw OR defeat Ohio State 46-33 for the title. The Gamecocks reached the Final Four for the first time in school history previous year.

Michigan's resume did take a small hit this week, as Penn State fell out of the top 75 in the RPI, moving them from a quadrant 1 win to quadrant 2.

The Musketeers will likely face the victor of No. 8 seed Missouri and No. 9 seed Florida State as the Tigers will be a team to watch thanks to the status of star freshman Michael Porter Jr.

Arizona State made it over USC even though USC finished second in the conference in Pac-12 play and made the Pac-12 championship game during the tournament. Headliners include Big 12 player of the year Devonte Graham of Kansas, Big 12 freshman of the year and national scoring leader Trae Young of Oklahoma, ACC player of the year and rookie of the year Marvin Bagley III, Grayson Allen of Duke and Miles Bridges of Michigan State. Battle for Tobacco Road, Round 3? The Longhorns are looking to avenge the last meeting between the two teams, which resulted in an overtime loss at United Supermarkets Arena. It wasn't a bad loss at the time, but Northwestern didn't win another game, finishing the year on a seven-game losing streak. Kansas State has two wins over Texas, two wins over TCU and a win over Baylor this season. Should the Cavaliers advance to the Round of 32, they'll face the victor of Kansas State and Creighton. 32 conference champions will be added to the tournament, leaving 32 open slots for the NCAA committed to fill. CBS predicts the Wildcats will be a No. 10 seed and face No. 7 seed Texas A&M.

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No. 2 seed North Carolina just missed out on a No. 1 seed after falling to Virginia in the ACC Tournament title game. Providence, seeking its fifth straight NCAA Tournament berth, has beaten Xavier twice and Villanova once this season and chalked up its fifth Quadrant 1 triumph. Loyola-Chicago won the Missouri Valley Conference to earn its first NCAA Tournament bid since 1985, when the Ramblers lost to Patrick Ewing's Georgetown Hoyas in the Sweet Sixteen.

"I think that's unfortunate and also avoidable". The tournament runs from March 13 to April 2. While those games against Michigan State count as quality wins, they don't mean Michigan will automatically be seeded ahead of its in-state rival.

Almost two months later, it was the same story in the Big Ten Tournament.

Tournament CoverageESPN is the home of the NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Championship, which begins Friday, March 16.

Nevada has bounced around a ton in my Bracketologies, and they now sit on the 6-seed line, but the committee could put them anywhere especially if they lose in the MW conference tournament which seems unlikely but it is March so who knows.

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