Monday, 24 September, 2018

March Madness: Everything you need to know for this year's tournament

UNC-Greensboro players with the Southern Conference championship trophy.
H. Scott Hoffmann  News & Record UNC-Greensboro players with the Southern Conference championship trophy. H. Scott Hoffmann News & Record
Mandy Jefferson | 10 March, 2018, 01:22

That's at least better than the 90 minutes that it took two years ago.

St Marys (10 seed)- With the Gaels falling to BYU in the semi-finals of the WCC Tournament, they enter the bubble.

Frank Haith might have torpedoed the Missouri program on his way out of Columbia, but he has the Golden Hurricane on the verge of an NCAA Tournament berth. Alabama's first opponent in the tournament, Texas A&M, just beat the Crimson Tide by two on Saturday, so these two teams should be quite familiar with each other.

In the game's closing seconds, a late dunk by Sean O'Mara didn't sit well with the Red Storm. The Jayhawks and AP Big 12 player of the year Devonte' Graham face the Oklahoma-Oklahoma State victor in Thursday's quarterfinals. With a loss, I would put Oklahoma in, but I am not sure if the committee would do the same, so it would be a waiting game for the Sooners.

After winning the last 14 games of the season, including the WWC Championship, and going 20-1 in its last 21 games, Gonzaga looks like a contender entering the tournament. If they end up beating Colorado, I believe even with a loss to Arizona they will be in.

West Virginia is looking to push their season record against Baylor to 3-0 with a win tonight. For bubble teams, it's more nerve-wracking, but for those lucky teams that get in, it turns into an incredible experience.

Top-seeded Augustana opens up the 2018 NCAA D-II Women's Basketball Tournament in a contest with eighth-seeded Lindenwood today at 5:30 PM in the Elmen Center. Auburn is the No. 1 seed after they shared the SEC's regular season crown with Tennessee. However, a loss in the quarterfinal of the PAC 12 Tournament to either Stanford or Cal would leave them outside of the tournament field because of the bad quality of both the teams.

Expect a renewed focus from coach Dan Hurley's squad and a return to the form that produced a 16-game win streak midway through the season.

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Elsewhere on the bubble, Notre Dame and Syracuse each won on the first day of the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament to keep their hopes alive.

Marquette (Out)- Marquette won the must-win game against Creighton that I mentioned in the last update, setting them up in a great spot.

The only thing up for grabs between the Big East rivals is the order of seeding, which could flip if Xavier beats Villanova in the Big East tournament final. They exerted dominance early on in the tournament, easily knocking off the Texan Southern Tigers with a score of 103 to 64 in the first game of the series.

So basically, you'll know Arkansas is in the field early, but it still could be 5:45 p.m. before you know who and where the Razorbacks will be playing and what seed they are.

The Tar Heels was a team on a mission right out of the gate at March Madness.

Utah (Out)- Utah simply needs to prove that they belong in the Big Dance by impressing the committee in the PAC 12 Tournament.

The Longhorns are 18-13 and have two wins against Oklahoma on their resume, but beating the Sooners isn't as impressive as it looked at the time.

The calendar has flipped to March, which means we are just days away from the most exciting time of the year - March Madness.

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