Overall No. 1 Virginia aims for Final Four run through South
- Author: Leroy Wright Mar 12, 2018,
Mar 12, 2018, 6:46
Lipscomb, a private school from Nashville, finished second in the Atlantic Sun in the regular season but won the conference tournament with a 108-96 win over top-seeded Florida Gulf Coast in the championship game. Alabama will have the advantage of being the stronger defensive team and should dominate on the glass. They won the AAC Tournament on Sunday and are probably the best team that no one has been talking about.
Oklahoma and star point guard Trae Young garnered a No. 10 seed in the Midwest region and will take on Rhode Island, with the victor likely facing Duke in the Round of 32.
6 seed and on Thursday in Dallas will play the victor of an opening round game between No. 11 seed St. Bonaventure and No. 11 seed UCLA.
"Villanova is an outstanding team, but it was pretty clear-cut between Virginia and Villanova", selection committee chair Bruce Rasmussen said on the live "March Madness Selection Show" about deciding on the top team.
TV: CBS, TBS, TNT and TruTV (see below). The games can also be live streamed at NCAA.com. The Tigers earned a No. 4 seed after playing all season without top post players Danjel Purifoy and Austin Wiley. The other overall No. 1 seeds for the NCAA National Tournament is Xavier (West), Villanova (East) and Kansas (Midwest). "People think you play for the national championship if you play in the last game and I don't". Everyone will have their eyes on Trae Young, Oklahoma's star point guard, but his Sooners are just too inconsistent, and they've lost 11 of their last 15 going into the tournament. No. 13 Buffalo game.
"What Jalen does isn't always appreciated publicly", Wright said, per Lindsay Schnell of USA Today. The Horned Frogs also made the tournament this year. But the Boilermakers were upset in the Bahamas and the anticipated game may come instead with a Final Four berth at stake.
Oklahoma State went 19-14 and 8-10 in the tough Big 12. Texas Tech as the No. 3 seed pales compared to Michigan and Michigan State in the West and Midwest.
Tom Izzo has spoiled Spartan fans, and this year is no exception. "UMBC, I'm just starting to know more about them". It's possible, and as we know with the month of March, most anything is possible. "And that's kind of what this week is for".
The tournament begins Tuesday with opening-round games featuring a matchup of bubble teams UCLA and St. Bonaventure, then kicks into full swing Thursday and Friday at eight sites around the country.
Two Big 12 teams are in the bracket.
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As one of two juniors on the team, Brown saw almost all of the building process under Pearl finally pay off.