SI: Wichita State could join American Athletic Conference basketball
- Author: Julie Sanders Mar 18, 2017,
Mar 18, 2017, 5:40
Thus, somehow stuck on the bubble despite winning 30 games, Wichita State became the unfortunate first-round opponent of Dayton, a good No. 7 seed stuck playing an "underdog" that plays more like a No. 4 or 5 seed than a 10. "Losing Wichita State would be the same".
Wichita State is 7-1 SU and 6-2 ATS in its last eight games against the Atlantic 10.
Marshall had previously lambasted the selection committee for his team's 10-seed position on Selection Sunday.
Harris saw plenty of action at Penn State, appearing in 47 games with one start in two seasons.
The Cyclones have won nine out of their last 10 games - including a road win versus No. 1 seed Kansas - en route to defeating West Virginia to win the Big 12 Tournament championship Saturday. And yeah, the Big Ten is "down" this year, but it's nowhere near as bad as some people think.
The Dayton Flyer's men's basketball team is about to enter the madness of March.
Dayton leads the all-time series with the Shockers, 2-0, though both meetings took place over half-a-century ago. Smith did all he could to keep Dayton out front, attacking the rim and connecting on three 3-pointers en route to scoring 15 of his team's 29 first-half points.
The Mustangs will play either Providence or USC in the first round.
The Eagles, meanwhile, have a recent history of pulling stunning first-round upsets, and they play with the same flair that made their "Dunk City" team famous in 2013.
"They've got to get rid of as many non-power five (conference) teams as possible", WSU coach Gregg Marshall said. 19 of those 22 wins have come by 10 or more points.
There's a unusual feeling associated with watching a game like Wichita State's win over Dayton on Friday afternoon.
The hardest part is picking which team they should have booted out of the field - VCU, Seton Hall, and USC were all below the Redbirds on KenPom. It may play MI in the Round of 32, because the Wolverines are a 7-seed.
"They got like 37 wins, 15-20 in a row", Calipari said. Which team will win? MI boasts a star point guard in senior Derrick Walton Jr. and a well-respected coach in John Beilein. Pollards leads in rebounds with 5.1 while Smith leads in assists with 4.5 per game. Their.378 defensive field goal percentage has been a top five number most of the season. A migraine headache sidelined guard Conner Frankamp on Sunday.
Coach Tim Jankovich's squad deserved much better than a six seed, but SMU's position-less lineup should find its counterpart in Villanova.
For the first time in what feels like years, the NCAA selection committee crafted a logical and well-thought out bracket. During the AAC tournament, Jankovich mentioned his team chooses not to aggressively defend the three-point line and instead focus on applying a pressure defense that stays clear of fouling.