NCAA Tournament dishes Virginia a tough road as top team


The pressure will be higher than ever for the Cavaliers (31-2) to do it now. "I don't know how you can select all the teams, to be honest".

To see the entire bracket, visit, where you can also find a printable bracket (PDF). 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.

Kansas freshman Silvio De Sousa, who joined the team at midseason, had 16 points on 8-for-8 shooting and 10 rebounds in the Big 12 title game against West Virginia. They've beaten some really good teams this year, including Xavier (twice) and Villanova. St. Mary's was left out despite going 28-5 and beating Gonzaga because, Rasmussen said, it did not have enough quality wins, even as he acknowledged that it is structurally hard for teams outside basketball's six power conferences to schedule top nonleague competition.

The Wildcats (22-11) finished fourth in the Big 12 this season.

But now the attention turns to UMBC, which defeated Vermont in the America East final on Saturday. United Kingdom was a No. 1 seed that season and advanced to the regional finals before falling to LSU.

2 - Tom Izzo and the Spartans will likely have to play Duke again: While having the homecourt advantage in Detroit is huge, the thought of facing Duke in the Sweet 16 is beyond ominous for the Spartans. Oh, and it has Oklahoma freshman Trae Young, who has the potential to go on a Steph Curry-like NCAA run. USC had four Quadrant 1 wins while Arizona State had three and was still able to get in.

But, like Pearl said following that loss to the Crimson Tide in St. Louis, none of that takes "any of the shine off what this team accomplished", and none of that changes the fact that, for the first time in 15 years, Auburn is back in the Big Dance.

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Creighton coach Jim Flanery doesn't plan on losing any sleep over being one of the final eight women's basketball teams under consideration for the NCAA Tournament.

6 seed and on Thursday in Dallas will play the victor of an opening round game between No. 11 seed St. Bonaventure and No. 11 seed UCLA.

The Shockers (25-7) have the type of roster that can make another deep March run, led by guard Landry Shamut and big man Markis McDuffie.

By comparison, Wichita State is a four seed in the East Region and had just three Quadrant 1 victories.

Second, the show will begin with all 68 teams revealed before they bracket is filled and matchups unveiled. A tantalising Elite Eight match-up with TCU is a real possibility, and if it pans out, an Aussie will play in the Final Four this year.

Villanova will face the victor of the LIU Brooklyn-Radford matchup.

The selection committee's decision did not come as a surprise; BracketMatrix, a site that aggregates March Madness predictions, had Marquette in its "next four out" slot.