ESPN analyst confident Virginia women will make NCAA Tournament field

Middle Tennessee (Last 4 In)- The Blue Raiders were upset in the C-USA Tournament, so they enter the bubble which means they could steal a bubble teams spot on Sunday. There's nothing like the smell of anxiety in the morning.

It's nearly here! Selection Sunday will reveal which 68 teams will compete in the 2018 NCAA Men's basketball tournament.

"He's got to schedule better", ESPN bracketologist Joe Lunardi said Thursday, three days before St. Mary's finds out if it has built a strong enough resume to earn one of the NCAA Tournament's 36 at-large bids. Jerry Palm at CBS concludes the same.

What is the "quadrant" system for NCAA Tournament?

In several games during a season-long six-game losing streak, the Sooners fell so far behind in the opening 20 minutes they weren't able to make up the difference.

Out of sight, out of mind is always a problem in the media.

The Longhorns' season was rocked by the January announcement that team leader Andrew Jones had leukemia and immediately began treatment. But hours later, Duke lost the Atlantic Coast Conference semifinals to North Carolina.

On Monday, March 12, head coach Sue Semrau and company will host its NCAA Selection Show Watch Party at the Dunlap Champions Club, the first time women's basketball is hosting its watch party at the new venue.

It gets even more daunting if the Bruins win.

And who knows which criteria will weigh the most with each committee member as he or she types four names into the computer in front of them to be compiled for the bracket.

The Wildcats are led by USA Today Player of the Year Jalen Brunson, who is averaging 19.4 points per game and is connecting on 53.1 percent of his shots from the field. They didn't pick up any quality wins outside of the Big Ten, and it's a down year for the league.

The committee has access to team sheets with RPI information and a breakdown of results separated into four quadrants.

Fans looking to tune into the March Madness Selection Show will have a bit of an adjustment as the show will be on TBS not CBS.

"I don't think we're on that bubble, baby! I feel like everybody counted us out".

This year could reinforce the knocks as much as any. "It's not up to us, but they without a doubt earned it". "I didn't know that before I got here, I knew it was a big brand but not like that". But the Cavs hardly have a cakewalk to San Antonio, as several tough teams, including traditional powers Cincinnati, Arizona and Kentucky, stand in the way. The problem is that MSU hasn't taken advantage of opportunities to win outside of East Lansing, besides a neutral-court win against North Carolina.

Davidson nearly certainly wouldn't have gotten an at-large bid, but it got into the field by upsetting Rhode Island in the A-10 final.

So the end is in sight.

The Central Michigan women's basketball team is headed to the NCAA Tournament after its 96-91 victory against Buffalo on Saturday in the Mid-American Conference Tournament championship game.

There's certainly no denying that Arizona has talent, but there's also no denying that they probably benefitted from playing in a weak Pac-12 that only sent three teams to the tournament.

  • Julie Sanders