"We had a three-point lead at halftime in a Pac-12 championship", USC coach Andy Endfield said. "Now here we are". For now, we get to see potential lottery picks like Arizona's Deandre Ayton, Duke's Marvin Bagley III, Missouri's Michael Porter Jr., Oklahoma's Trae Young and Alabama's Collin Sexton possibly lead their teams deep into March.
Virginia finds itself as the No. 1 seed in the South Region. Against Baylor, the winning shot by his son sent him tumbling out of the chair.
The NCAA and its overwhelmingly white executives, conference commissioners and head coaches at member institutions benefit enormously from profits generated during the three-week tournament.
Texas is fighting for its NCAA tournament life and could ill-afford to drop its first Big 12 tournament game to Iowa State.
Projection: The Sun Devils will be dancing with a top four NCAA seed and opening tournament play in San Diego. Cincinnati's about a four-hour drive from Nashville.
Kansas, the always champion of the Big 12, had more quadrant 1 wins through Thursday than any team in the country except North Carolina, which had four more losses. Michigan State is the No. 3 seed in the Midwest bracket.
Rick Barnes is heading back to where he spent a good chunk of his career.
This year, through games of Friday afternoon, there are only three such teams: Duke (second adjusted offensive efficiency, 11th adjusted defensive efficiency), Michigan State (10th, seventh) and Gonzaga (11th, 17th).
The sprained toe for Texas Tech star Keenan Evans might have cost the Red Raiders the season conference title, and he's still not totally right.
On the flip side, other ESPN analysts have said they think Tim Miles' squad still has a chance to get in. "We want to experience that again and force (Atlantic 10 commissioner Bernadette) McGlade to hand us a third straight trophy".
Over the past five NCAA tournaments, No. 15 seeds are 2-18 in round of 64 games against No. 2s; No. 14 seeds are 5-15 against No. 3s; and No. 13s are 2-18 vs.
Now, it appears that the Sun Devils will become the lowest-seeded team in the past decade to have earned a top-5 ranking in the first post-New Year's day poll.
The Bruins had such noteable wins against SEC Tournament victor Kentucky, a regular season win against Pac-12 Champion Arizona in Tucson and swept USC.
The Spartans are in the NCAA Tournament for the 21st consecutive year. Miles has been campaigning hard ever since the Huskers' season ended in a blowout loss to eventual Big Ten Tournament champion MI.
Izzo clearly knows how to win this time of year, though. But there are no consequences for coaches who win games while continually failing to graduate black male players at equitable rates.
· Quadrant 4: Home 161-plus; Neutral 201-plus; Road 241-plus. Even though the Sooners had lost six of eight at that point, they were still the No. 16 overall seed, based mostly on the strength of their six Q1 victories.
The two sides split their regular-season matchup, with the Red Raiders' victory coming in overtime.