March Madness Odds: Villanova favored to Win NCAA Tournament 3/11/18

There will be plenty of nervous Syracuse basketball fans sweating out Selection Sunday

The Longhorns are also 0-4 ATS in their last four versus the Mountain West and the under is 4-1-1 in their last six non-conference games.

Bennett said he was happy to see nine ACC teams get in the tournament, but felt bad for the select few (Louisville and Notre Dame) that were left out of the competition.

He's an excellent talent and will be a first-round pick but needs more help to beat a veteran team like South Dakota State.

That's lawyer speak for "told you so". "It's harder to get an at-large bid". Talk about a dream job. But at least the Spartans should get that far.

The league was so strong, Alabama lost five consecutive games to end the season yet still managed to secure a ticket to the Big Dance thanks to a pair of impressive victories in the SEC Tournament. The Jayhawks open in Wichita, Kansas, with a Thursday game against Penn.

Ohio State parted ways with Thad Matta last summer because there was seemingly no hope the roster he had assembled could accomplish much this season. Now the Cavaliers face a new challenge: trying to earn a spot in their first Final Four in more than three decades as the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament. The victor of that game will face either fifth-seeded Clemson or 12th-seeded New Mexico State in the second round on Sunday.

While UF seemed to follow success with frustrating losses throughout the regular season, the Gators showed greater defensive intensity and played their best basketball during the past two weeks. The only previous time was in 2000 when the Wildcats played in Cleveland, defeating St. Bonaventure 85-80 in overtime in the first round before falling to fourth-seeded Syracuse in the second round, 52-50.

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After losing to Villanova in the quarterfinals of the BIG EAST Tournament Thursday, Marquette head coach Steve Wojciechowski said he believed his team had done enough to make March Madness.

It's clear the NCAA Tournament selection committee wasn't quite sure how to judge the strength of the SEC when making out the field of 68. Duke was sent to Pittsburgh as the No. 2 seed in the Midwest region.

'NOVA NO. 1: Villanova (30-4) is the No. 1 seed in the East Region, a familiar position for the Wildcats. Virginia is 6-1, Michigan State 8-1.

Texas A&M is a seven seed in the West Region and plays 10 seed Providence on Friday in Charlotte.

The Gators have a 42-16 NCAA Tournament record and have advanced to the Elite Eight during five consecutive NCAA appearances, including last season. "That's why we play the games". They could have easily made MSU or MI a two-seed in the East, the other No.3 in the Midwest and Purdue a third-seed in the West, and shipped the Boilermakers to Wichita. The victor of that game gets No.1 seed Xavier.

The Wildcats have a 2016 national championship that serves as the crowning moment under coach Jay Wright.



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