This isn't like recent years where the show will be drawn out so long that you start to doze off - well, in a way.
That may or may not be the case.
Teams are rewarded most for winning Quadrant I games, which are home games vs.
C-USA regular season champion Middle Tennessee is squarely on the NCAA Tournament bubble, so Marshall only gets to retain its title of bid thief if the Blue Raiders hear their name called during the selection show.
The ribbon board between the benches here at the Big 12 men's basketball tournament is among the league's most visible chunks of real estate, and this being college sports, that visibility is nearly always used to promote the mission of amateur athletics. Better teams get beat.
Virginia finds itself as the No. 1 seed in the South Region.
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Hurley's third season with the Sun Devils has come with major strides being taken within the program.
Beyond Xavier, the South's toughest outs include last year's runner-up, Gonzaga (30-4), which received a No. 4 seed; red-hot MI, the Big Ten tournament champion; and North Carolina, which will open the tournament in Charlotte.
Where once Oklahoma had sights on earning a spot close to home in Dallas or Wichita with a strong seed, now the Sooners are holding their breath just trying to eek into the field. Only Butler, at 90 percent has a better chance of making the dance.
It is no secret that Arizona State has looked like an entirely different team over the past 18 games than it did in its first 12. Seeds 1-10 are all safe in my eyes, leaving the 11 seeds and 8 other teams on the bubble.
Bucknell's last two games in the Patriot League Tournament were decided by a combined 60 points and several of this team's key components were a part of last year's squad that only lost to West Virginia by six in the NCAA Tournament.
Under Tony Bennett, Virginia has advanced past the first weekend of the NCAA tourney only twice in five appearances. "I feel like everybody counted us out". In the next round, Alabama plays Auburn, where I think win or loss Alabama is a tournament team. "And that's kind of what this week is for". The three other No. 1 seeds are Villanova (East), Kansas (Midwest) and Xavier (West). Those two are averaging 12.6 points per game each, while Joshua Langford is scoring 11.7 points per night.
In potentially the final game of his college career, Trae Young went out on a low note, with Oklahoma falling to Oklahoma State 71-60 in the first game of the Big 12 tournament.