Now the Wildcats (24-10) enter with a No. 5 seed after winning seven of eight to claim the SEC Tournament title.
"I know when I came here, one of the things that Jay Jacobs and I talked about, David Benedict and I talked about, they were exhausted of Auburn basketball being a ball and chain around the league".
Naw, let's keep this committee around because I have a feeling they're re-writing a lot of Notre Dame wrongs. They came out and immediately went on a 23-2 run, coasting to victory. "He's really good, averaging a ton of points".
It's finding the upset winners that will either make you or break you in NCAA bracket pools. They have such notable wins against Maryland and Syracuse. Because - spoiler alert - in the end, the higher seeds will be the last teams standing.
Davidson beat Rhode Island in the A-10 tournament championship game Sunday to steal an at-large bid.
The women's bracket will be revealed Monday night with the tournament tipping off on Friday.
Aaron Holiday is a third-team All-American and one of the best scorers in the country. The team made a run to the Sweet 16 last year, but this year's squad is strikingly different. And on the court, Arizona went from No. 2 in the AP Top 25 to unranked in November after an ugly 0-3 showing in the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament in the Bahamas. Which this year, makes absolutely no sense. Nope. It's only happened once, in 2008. The Gamecocks reached the Final Four for the first time in school history previous year. The Wildcats have won eight national titles and made 17 Final Fours. This could be the year the Bulls finally break through, though first-round opponent Arizona is a hard one. They also won 11 games in the Southern Conference during the 1951-52 season.
So without further ado. the picks.
In your bracket, this will technically be "Arizona State/Syracuse" beating TCU, but I believe you have to pick teams and I'm picking Arizona State to beat the Orange due to their three-point shooting against Syracuse's 2-3 zone.
Despite strong wins over Creighton, Kansas and Texas Tech throughout the season, there's no getting around the fact that Baylor had 14 losses. Kentucky and Arizona will have to work for their wins.
"You want to see as many teams [as possible] get in from your league as possible", Bennett said.
Speculation over a West Virginia-Marshall pairing could still come to fruition in the second round.
REGIONAL FINAL: Virginia over Tennessee.
St. Bonaventure finished second in the A10 Conference with a 25-7, 14-4 record. Oklahoma State also missed out - despite two wins over No. 1 seed Kansas - after losing to the Jayhawks in the Big 12 Tournament.
As a #14 seed, Montana has their work cut out for them, entering the opening round as underdogs against #3 MI. Providence, San Diego State, New Mexico State, Buffalo, Bucknell, Georgia State and Penn could wreck some brackets over the next couple weeks.