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Jarred Vanderbilt: Unlikely to play first weekend of tournament

13 March 2018

The Wildcats (24-10) sealed the game, though, after a step-back jumper and a pair of free throws made it 72-67.

Davidson entered the A10 tournament in Washington the league's three-seed, so it's not as though they were the little guys at the Verizon Center.

DAVIDSON-Davidson has met the demands of playing in a more competitive conference.

The Davidson Wildcats (21-11) are coming from an 58-57 win over Rhode Island to capture the A-10 Conference title. "And (Davidson is) a senior-laden team".

Gilgeous-Alexander averaged 21 points over the three SEC tourney games while having a tremendous 20-5 assist-to-turnover ratio.

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Jerome led UVA with nine points at the break, while Maye posted 15, including a flawless 3-of-3 effort from the three-point line. Villanova lost in the second round to Wisconsin last year and has advanced past the opening weekend twice in nine years.

The 6-foot-6 freshman guard came to United Kingdom with the least hype of his recruiting class.

"Shai has the ball in his hands a lot during the game, and he's really grown over the year and be able to get his points and get other people involved", Knox said. Bone finished with 12 points and four assists.

Houston (26-7), which split two games against Cincinnati during the regular season, lost for just the third time in 15 games and is headed to the NCAA Tournament, too.

Aldridge was a successful quarterback in high school but it seems like he picked the right sport to pursue. "Hopefully they talk about that kind of stuff but if not we still feel confident".

Even with the quick turnaround, the Vols are confident they can get back up and ready to play against a Wright State team that is relatively unknown at this point in the scouting process.

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A familiar position but not for current players. For just the second time in program history, the Wildcats will be a No. 5 seed. While Calipari hasn't ruled Vanderbilt out for Thursday's first round matchup against Davidson, the coach noted he wouldn't play the freshman if he isn't 100 percent. This is Davidson's sixth appearance in the tournament since the 2004-05 season.

According to, the Wildcats have the No. 25 offense in terms of adjusted efficiency and the No. 23 defense. Their tempo: Slow (335th).

Grady's freshman season includes an average of 18 points per game and 3.3 rebounds in 31 starts over 32 games. Defensively, Kentucky basketball yields 70.2 points per game against the opposing teams. They've proven they can hang with the best teams in the country. "A couple of ill-advised possessions and one free-throw blockout late were really big plays". Sexton also isn't almost as good of a facilitator as Young, who led the NCAA at 8.8 assists per game this season.

It's a marked contrast from a year ago, when the Wildcats were given the best possible path to the Final Four in their home state, going through Salt Lake City and San Jose.

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Jarred Vanderbilt: Unlikely to play first weekend of tournament