It's time to get your brackets ready for the 2018 NCAA Division I men's basketball tournament.
The 68 teams in the NCAA Tournament will be revealed in the first 10 minutes of the selection show Sunday, and then the brackets and pairings will be unveiled one region at a time.
As great as the conference tourney action has been, the really good stuff is still on its way.
When the Big Ten initially chose to have the conference tournament a week earlier to play it in NY, there was talk amongst Big Ten coaches about creative ways to handle an extended layoff.
When a team is referred to as "on the bubble", it means they are right on the borderline of a tournament selection. Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany said of playing the event a week earlier than usual, "We won't do it again this way, and I take responsibility for asking the coaches".
Mississippi State is on the outside looking in but could work its way back into the March Madness mix with a couple of wins in the SEC Tournament this week. Last month, NCAA sanctions forced Louisville to forfeit 123 wins including its Final Four appearance in 2012 and its 2013 national championship. "If they're a 3, it depends where the teams ahead of them are". The Conference Tournaments are sometimes just as good and have their own Cinderellas'.
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Thirty-two teams will battle it out in second-round games in the above-mentioned locations. "But everybody has the same fatigue level at this point". Their historical underdog run started in the ACC Tourney.
"We have a long way to go and a long rest of the season", Williams said. No team outside that top three has more than one win over the upper group.
All 68 NCAA Tournament teams will be revealed within the first 10 minutes of the telecast, which begins at 6:00 p.m. The Bearcats' last conference tourney title was in 2004 (also in C-USA). What it does show is you missed an opportunity to maybe lose more games. The Bearcats will have the edge because of the recent triumph. 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. Now they wait more than a week and hope for an at-large bid. "It's more likely they go to a 3 than go to a 5". It will await its draw for the NIT after winning the conference's regular season championship. The schedule picks up Wednesday with the Big East, Big 12 and Pac-12 joining the conference tourney fray. The hype really gets cranked up in mid-February in the final few weeks of the regular season. Payments of up to $150,000, supplied by Adidas, were promised to at least three top high school recruits to attend two schools sponsored by the shoe company, according to federal prosecutors. The accomplishment was particularly notable because the SEC's preseason media poll had Tennessee finishing 13th in the 14-team league.
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This Michigan team has been coach John Beilein's best on the defensive side since he took over in Ann Arbor in 2007. No. 9 seed Arizona State.
These are the first four games of the tournament. Yes, it does have the road win at Kansas and the neutral-floor victory over Xavier. The Bruins won in Tucson and are coming off a strong performance in a win Saturday at rival USC. And, at tournament time, they can parlay that into a trophy and a bid.
ESPN predicts Gonzaga to enter as a No. 12 seed in the tournament as WWC champs. Vanderbilt has averaged 7.9 rebounds and 5.9 points since making his debut against SC in January.
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CINCINNATI: The Bearcats won the outright AAC regular season title on Sunday afternoon when they went into Koch Arena and knocked off Wichita State, 62-61.
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