March 24, 2018

NCAA BASKETBALL: Tourney teams to be revealed early

10 March 2018, 12:58 | Cassandra Thompson

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

NCAA selection committee chairman Bruce Rasmussen sat down with college basketball analyst Andy Katz on Wednesday to discuss selection so far for the NCAA Tournament.

No. 15 Arizona enters the Pac-12 Tournament in Las Vegas as the top seed. It has no more work left to do.

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. Auburn and Tennessee shared the conference's regular-season title, with Auburn taking home the No. 1 seed and Tennessee owning the tournament's No. 2 seed, thanks to the Tigers' January 2nd win over the Volunteers.

Michigan, the team playing its fourth game in four days, showed no signs of wear.

Will MSU or MI open the NCAA Tournament in Detroit? This then determines a Quadrant one win or loss and so on and so forth. For the Sweet 16 and Elite Eight, Omaha (Midwest), Atlanta (South), Boston (East) and Los Angeles (West) will serve as the regional host cities.

That's why the Vols were keeping their eyes focused on bigger prizes even as they celebrated their SEC title.

West Virginia is looking to push their season record against Baylor to 3-0 with a win tonight.

Creighton Athletics Director Bruce Rasmussen, chair of the Division I men's basketball committee, said once the teams are selected, the committee crafts together a final bracket, which takes approximately an hour to complete with a few exceptions.

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Also lurking in Wichita State's half of the bracket is No. 21 Houston, which is closing in on its first NCAA Tournament bid since 2010 and only its second in 26 years. That means this is the first time that the Wolverines have won the tournament in back-to-back years. But in its first year broadcasting the event, TBS should probably be anxious less about numbers and more about making sure viewers don't resent them.

"The layoff is something that we haven't seen before but I think it could be beneficial both physically and mentally to get a little break, " P.J. Thompson said.

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

"I think teams will appreciate getting the information as fast as possible", Craig Barry, executive vice president and chief content officer at Turner Sports, told USA TODAY Sports. Rhode Island will make the NCAA tourney regardless of if it wins the A-10 title, but the Rams want the best seed possible and will play with that objective in mind.

And the Tar Heels would need to get past those two in order to reach their third ACC final in four years.

Louisville (Out)- Blowing a significant lead and losing at the buzzer to Virginia and falling to NC State to end the regular season may keep them out of the NCAA Tournament. Since the Tigers and Bulldogs play each other first, one of those teams will immediately get sent to the NIT with a loss while the victor will have to probably make a finals run to even have a chance of getting in.

The NCAA announced that it's NCAA March Madness Live app will include a show dedicated to taking viewers to the most interesting game or moment. Will it be Duke, Michigan State, or maybe even a surprise contender?

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