Virginia, Cincinnati and defense rule South Region of NCAA Tournament

Virginia, Cincinnati and defense rule South Region of NCAA Tournament

Two years ago, Villanova came out on top of one of the most awesome championship games in the big tournament when Kris Jenkins hit the game-winning shot from beyond the arc to give the team their first title since 1985. The Hokies will play as the East Region's No. 8 seed against No. 9 Alabama, with the victor likely moving on to face No. 1 Villanova.

"The tournament is so unique", coach Chris Mack said Sunday.

Is anyone playing better than Arizona center Deandre Ayton? The team had finished in last place in the ACC for three straight seasons and did so again in Williams' debut. Those teams and the other 64 contenders this March Madness will play against the backdrop of an investigation-riddled season in which bribes and payoffs made bigger headlines than 3s and layups. It features a possible second-round South matchup between No. 5 Kentucky and No. 4 Arizona, each of which won their conference tournaments.

This year's Final Four will be held in Columbus, Ohio, with the championship game scheduled for 5 p.m. on April 1.

Head Says: Xavier is the most susceptible #1 seed in the tournament, and Michigan-UNC could be a de-facto regional finale. The victor will play again Saturday against third-seeded Tennessee or 14th-seeded Wright State.

"The biggest snubs of this year's tournament include Oklahoma State, USC, Saint Mary's, Louisville and Notre Dame".

Sumner went on to the National Basketball Association and athletic guard Trevon Blueitt considered leaving before deciding to stay in Cincinnati for another season. That's when 'Nova unleashed its special brand of hell on the Friars, holding them without a field goal for more than six minutes (and later allowing only one more in overtime), blocking five shots (three by 6-9½ freshman Omari Spellman) and tearing down six offensive rebounds (three by 6-9 junior Eric Paschall) the rest of the way.

Bucknell, which won the Patriot League, had one of the biggest upsets in NCAA Tournament history when it knocked off Kansas as a No. 14 seed in 2005. I mean come on folks, it really does not get much better than days and days full of fantastic and gut-wrenching games. "The volume wasn't up high enough to hear".

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Duke, North Carolina, Purdue and Cincinnati are the No. 2 seeds.

Something we run into each year is a handful of teams getting a worse seed than they deserve.

The Wahoos were the No. 1 overall seed in the tournament but landed in the toughest bracket.

Yet the fourth-seeded Wildcats (27-7) went on to win the Pac-12 regular-season and tournament titles, and open NCAA play against 13-seed Buffalo (26-8) on Thursday in Boise, Idaho. They're in the tournament for the sixth time in the past seven seasons.

Rhode Island (25-7), an at-large team from the Atlantic 10 coached by Dan Hurley, plays Thursday against Oklahoma.

Clemson enters the game with a 23-9 record, including an 11-7 mark in regular season ACC games. BBN knows that Coach Cal hates conference tournaments.

I want to pick Michigan State so bad, but Tom Izzo is 1-11 against Coach K and Duke won this game 88-81 on November 14.

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