Kansas, Duke and Michigan State as the top three seeds. That championship game will be April 1 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus. Duke is projected to be a No. 2 seed, MI a No. 3 seed and Ohio State a No. 5 seed. Elsewhere, the remaining 36 spots were filled by at-large teams, and while some have no-doubt cases for inclusion, there are always arguments to be made for those on the fringe when Selection Sunday arrives. "I think every committee member looks at it a little bit differently". The Spartans should be a unsafe out in the NCAA Tournament because they rely on a balanced scoring effort.
There will be a couple of major differences for the NCAA Tournament selection show. "You know, the snub in 2016, everybody remembers that, and we don't want to go through that again, so the only way to avoid that is to try to win this whole thing". If that's the case, it should be a huge boost for Nebraska. In can be done as UCLA has had four 3+ wins streaks this season, but that was not in the tournament. And they were all very diverse opinions, very different opinions. Within the last week, TV personalities like Seth Greenburg, Tom Crean, and Dan Dakich have all publicly backed NU. The Cowboys also lost an assistant coach in the Federal Bureau of Investigation scandal.
"We've been trying to build a resume all season long", Alabama coach Avery Johnson said. The Tide entered the day ranked No. 46 in RPI, sixth in strength of schedule, and had six Quadrant 1 victories.
For the overall No. 1 seed, Virginia did not get a easy road, but the lower half isn't super strong. Nebraska was just 1-6 vs. Q1 opponents (according to its NCAA team sheet), including 0-5 away from Pinnacle Bank Arena. Those 31 wins are a single-season program record. However, there are definitively no great teams at all. The ACC was the only conference with more qualifiers, nine. The real surprises came on the bubble where Baylor, Louisville, Marquette, Middle Tennessee, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oklahoma State, Penn State, Saint Mary's and Southern Cal were all snubbed. That included two wins over Duke, a win at Tennessee, a home win against eventual Big Ten Tournament champ MI and a neutral-court win against Ohio State.
But there are others that could have helped alter the course of the Huskers' NCAA Tournament standing.
He became the first player to ever lead the country in points (27.4) and assists (8.7) per game, and he evolved into a household name with National Basketball Association comparisons to Steph Curry in the first month of his collegiate career. What would be a great kind of open and reveal for selection Sunday?
The first round will begin at several regional sites on Thursday. At 17-16, SC never had a shot to make it.