Seed in the EAST Bracket, Will Open in Pittsburgh

Rhode Island is in the NCAA Tournament for the second straight year after advancing to the second round last year before falling to Oregon.

If only it were that easy, right? Tony Bennett's squad has been dominant all season. Junior center Tyler Davis said that's all behind and looks forward to entering March Madness with a clean slate. "Opportunities don't always come around like that". He is one of just 14 players in the country that is now averaging at least 15.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.5 steals per game. What Tech lacks in size they make up for in speed and will.

Many people did not think they merited spots in this field. No. 4 Arizona, L, 69-73, NCAA Second Round on 3/15/97 in Memphis, Tenn.

Yep, I crossed that one out a few times.

"They deserved it last year, they certainly deserved it this year", UB coach Nate Oats said of Bonaventure. The Buckeyes were a huge surprise this year, playing Top 30 offense and defense under 1st year coach Chris Holtmann.

Michigan is getting a raw deal: Why is Michigan State in Detroit at Little Caesars Arena and Michigan forced to jet off to Wichita? If the seeds hold Kansas could meet Duke in the Elite 8, with the Blue Devils being the 2-seed in the Midwest. They also beat the Spartans 88-81 back in November.

No. 3 MI vs. Villanova is the second national seed in the tournament.

The victor here will play for a national championship, and that's always tough. Foster has averaged 20 points for the BlueJays since transferring from Kansas State.

The Mountain West put two teams in with tournament champ San Diego State and regular-season champ Nevada earning an at-large bid.

POTENTIAL UPSETS: The West Region has three games that will be popular upset picks. "I'm taking New Mexico State". They saw that when I told them to catch the ball with two hands, it wasn't because I was being a mean coach, it's because it's better to catch with two hands.

In fact, according to the advanced analytics site, Kansas - though seeded first - is the third-best team in its own quadrant.

Ticket information, as well as game time and broadcast information will be announced when available.

Virginia, North Carolina, Villanova, Duke.

REGIONAL FINAL: North Carolina over Gonzaga, in a rematch of the 2017 title game.

Two days from now, the First Four will take place. That's my title game prediction, and the Cavaliers will win the national championship.

If I had all of the dollars and no work responsibilities, I'd be booking tickets to Boise, Idaho, to sit through some of the most exciting basketball we'll see all year.

  • Julie Sanders