Michigan State basketball to face Bucknell to open NCAA tournament

  • Michigan State basketball to face Bucknell to open NCAA tournament

Michigan State basketball to face Bucknell to open NCAA tournament

The victor likely will have to face No. 1 Villanova in the round of 32. Villanova, Kansas and Xavier joined Virginia as No. 1 seeds, but they, along with the other 64 contenders, will play against the backdrop of an investigation-riddled season in which bribes and payoffs made bigger headlines than 3s and layups. Villanova, under Coach Jay Wright, is displaying consistent excellence.

There are eight SEC teams in this year's tournament field which is a record number for the league. They played first- and second-round games in Omaha in 2008, 2012 and 2015. The one win in those four games was earned by beating Duke.

"The games in November and December count the same as the games in February and March", said Rasmussen, in contradiction with everything else the committee claims to go by.

Yep, I crossed that one out a few times. I'm leaning toward the Wolverines covering here, as I think they'll prove to simply be too much. I did try and find some consistencies.

No. 6 seed TCU will play the victor of No. 11 Arizona State vs. Syracuse.

Kansas is among three Big 12 teams in the Midwest, with TCU earning a No. 6 seed and Oklahoma a No. 10. It's the third 1-seed in the past five seasons under coach Tony Bennett, who guided his team to a regional final two years ago but has yet to take the next step: the Final Four. Brunson matched a career high with 31 points in Villanova's overtime victory against Providence to clinch the tourney title.

Their course to the Final Four will nearly certainly take them through the Wildcats, somehow.

"It's not pressure, it's just an expectation, I guess", Brunson said. "We have never been to Wichita and look forward to doing that".

Here's a quick region-by-region breakdown of what to look out for in this year's tournament.

In the 4-13 matchup, it's Marshall. The victor will get the chance to take down the East Region No. 1 seed, Villanova.

The NCAA Tournament bracket was finally revealed Sunday.

The Boilermakers (28-6) are a perennially tough team that usually falls short of making a deep run in March. They have a very tough region, and if they face Michigan State in the Sweek 16 it will be a fantastic test for them.

"The advantage is your fans get an opportunity to come see you play", Self said.

Purdue could face Butler in the second round.

Avery Johnson coached the Dallas Mavericks to the NBA Finals.

A Final Four appearance would be the flawless way to cap off what has been an excellent college career.

Best first round match up: Not the Kentucky of old, this year's squad lands a No. 5 seed and will have its hands full with the red-hot 12th seeded Davidson, fresh off their upset win in the A-10 tournament besting Rhode Island.

Best player: Michael Porter Jr., F, Missouri - Back from injury just in time for the conference tournament, Porter is another lottery pick will be worth watching over the next two weeks.

That's a different kind of madness.