Let it roll for March Madness at own risk

They've made a pretty remarkable entry into Division I too.

Virginia head coach Tony Bennett said the strength of the conference from top to bottom has helped the Cavaliers prepare for what could be a lengthy tournament run. Not as exciting. This season, they've got a couple of key returnees from last year's squad along with some impact newcomers.

In the Norse's first four years, the team was 42-75, and they went 9-21 last season. Will they make it?

On what channel will the 2017 Final Four games be?

In a TV interview on Friday, committee chairman Mark Hollis was asked how resumes are compared between a power-conference and non power-conference team.

Teams are holding watch parties at universities as they learn the six- or seven-game path they must navigate to win a title.

Two words: Selection Sunday. Basketball fans will learn who teams snagged No. 1 seeds, which ones sneaked into the Big Dance and which ones ended up on the outside of the bubble looking in.

However, the flawless bracket can done by anybody, which is what makes it so much fun - you don't even need to watch a single game. The Gamecocks knocked off the top two seeds in the Ohio Valley Conference tournament (Belmont and UT-Martin) to clinch their bid. After the way results shook out over 14 games at Barclays Center, the ACC could get as many as 10. Their best hope for a good representative is No. 4 Northern Kentucky. The Blue Devils look like a No. 2 or a No. 3. Illinois State might be the most interesting of all, given how few mid-majors are in the running for an at-large bid this year. The good news for Syracuse is that this victory does not bolster Rhode Island's resume as Davidson is not a great team. In fact, there are so many variables that go into calculating the odds that it is hard to even calculate.

The Blue Devils are the silvertails of college basketball - beloved by one-eyed fans and hated by nearly everyone else - and Gippsland freshman forward Jack White will be along for Duke's NCAA tournament ride.

Box Hill forward Grace Collett's Zags are assured of a spot in the tournament after upsetting the also Aussie laden St Mary's 86-75 on Tuesday to claim the West Coast Conference title.

  • Julie Sanders