Published: Mon, March 12, 2018
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

NCAA Tournament 2018: Syracuse leads surprises and snubs from Selection Sunday

NCAA Tournament 2018: Syracuse leads surprises and snubs from Selection Sunday

The Highlanders picked up three wins prior to the Big South Tournament, where they defeated Liberty on a Carlik Jones buzzer beater to take the championship. Purdue won 19 straight games and seemed poised to win the Big Ten until a 3-game losing streak. St. Mary's went 28-5, which is really good, but they didn't play an even remotely challenging schedule.

"When we got on the plane to come to St. Louis, there are a lot of unknowns about kind of our future, especially in the NCAA Tournament", Crimson Tide coach Avery Johnson said.

Third-seeded Tennessee (25-8) fell to Kentucky in the Sunday's Southeastern Conference Tournament final, but the Volunteers still earned their first NCAA bid since 2014 and open against 14th-seeded Wright State (25-9) in Dallas on Thursday.

He mentioned Oklahoma's six wins against top-35 RPI teams, including Kansas, Texas Tech and Wichita State, and that the Sooners' slump impacted their seeding.

During Selection Sunday, it was announced No. 16 UMBC will face off against No. 1 Virginia in the first round in Charlotte Friday.

Thirty-two of the teams in the field will have already clinched spots through conference tournament championships.

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Ask a number of experts whether the Nebraska basketball team is making the NCAA Tournament and you're going to get different answers.

Nine ACC teams made the cut, including Syracuse. By early evening, there will be a 68-team bracket. The Wildcats spent eight weeks at No. 1 in the AP Top 25, have no seniors and National Basketball Association prospects Brunson and Bridges are not expected to return next season, increasing the feeling to make a Final Four run now.

Under Tony Bennett, Virginia has advanced past the first weekend of the NCAA tourney only twice in five appearances.

So your team didn't make the Big Dance, huh.

Arizona made it as an automatic bid for winning the Pac-12. Yes, their best player, Bonzie Colson, missed a large portion of the season with a foot injury before returning a couple weeks ago.

This also means that if the Bruins want to get back to the Sweet Sixteen, they will have to win three-consecutive games in one week. That website says there is a 77 percent chance Nebraska gets in and has them listed as an 11 seed. The Friars are a risky No. 10 seed.

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