March 18, 2018

Tigers looking to get edge back in NCAA Tournament

12 March 2018, 12:31 | Randolph Howard

Tigers looking to get edge back in NCAA Tournament

NCAA hoops tourney gets underway tonight

"But you know, that's definitely in the back of our minds".

"I think the more experience you have the better", Williams said.

The Jayhawks begin their NCAA Tournament trek in Wichita, a couple hours' drive south of their campus in Lawrence.

Kansas is among three Big 12 teams in the Midwest, with TCU earning a No. 6 seed and Oklahoma a No. 10. "It's why we play the games".

You either have to try to screw it up or have very little idea what you're doing, which brings up another point that's been obvious for a few years now - if you've been totally absent from the sport all year, maybe don't take over in the most important part of the season. Marshall earned an automatic berth as the Conference USA Tournament champion and is going to its first NCAA Tournament since 1987.

Virginia has been known for its defense under head coach Tony Bennett for several seasons, but this year's team has stepped it up quite a bit.

Unlike a year ago, the team made a decision to watch the selection show privately. They're unlikely to be a major threat to go particularly deep into the tournament and may not survive the first weekend. Sadly, that means we have to eliminate Virginia. Fine. Just build it in a way that makes sense.

And now, we must answer some burning questions. Villanova was the overall No. 1 seed last season but lost in the second round to Wisconsin.

An NCAA commission led by former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is expected to deliver recommendations shortly after the Final Four about what reforms are needed to save college basketball.

Wilson redshirted last season after spending the fall as a wide receiver on the school's football team. But this year, wont happen.

Purdue guard Carsen Edwards walked into the locker room after the Boilermakers got their highest seed since 1994 and told Matt Painter, "Thanks coach". Dont. Nobody likes that person. If he can get looks and the Racers can handle the press - big ifs - they can absolutely pull off the 5-12 upset.

Kansas State vs. CreightonFriday, approx. Mild upset with Kentucky over Arizona, but thats not really an upset.

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The Bulldogs can shoot (effective field goal rate of 54 percent, 65th in the nation) and prevent opponents from grabbing offensive rebounds (24.7 percent against, 30th), which limits second-chance offense.

Virginia and Villanova are the best teams.

Tech's coaches and players spent a painful four days reflecting on that game, while also wondering about their NCAA Tournament situation.

Duke lost in the semifinals of the ACC Tournament and somehow maintained a No. 2 seed. Michigan State, the Big Ten regular-season champ, meets Bucknell on Friday in Detroit.

• REGIONAL FINAL: Duke over Kansas.

Most projections had Loyola as a No. 12 seed and headed west to Boise, Idaho, or San Diego to kick things off.

Kentucky coach John Calipari said Sunday that he loved the SEC getting eight teams into the tournament, proof the league finally is past the point of a loss costing programs dearly.

• REGIONAL SEMIFINAL: Gonzaga over Xavier, North Carolina over MI.

Making Clemson's run to the tournament even more impressive is the fact that the Tigers did so without Donte Grantham for the final 13 games of the year.

A&M center Tyler Davis was named first-team All-SEC earlier this week. Davis is well aware, however, that if the Aggies defeat Providence, North Carolina is probably looming.

The victor here will play for a national championship, and that's always tough.

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