The Tar Heels beat Long Island, Washington and Marquette before losing to Kentucky in the Elite Eight.
The Musketeers could be poised to break through this season.
The wins over No. 2 seed UNC, No. 6 seed Florida, No. 5 seed Clemson, No. 6 seed Miami and No. 8 seed Virginia Tech were huge in the Noles sliding into the tournament.
In went Arizona State, Syracuse, and Oklahoma. "Experience helps, but being ready to play that night is the most important thing".
After all, there's really nothing more he or his team can do now.
Blueitt's return was a huge boon to the Musketeers. Stephen Brown averages 14.9 points and 4.3 assists per game while shooting 48 percent from the floor.
Auburn earned a share of the regular-season SEC Championship, at least in part because of its role players and depth. St. Mary's was left out despite going 28-5 and beating Gonzaga because, Rasmussen said, it did not have enough quality wins, even as he acknowledged that it is structurally hard for teams outside basketball's six power conferences to schedule top nonleague competition. The No. 4 seed is the second-best in program history and highest since the 1999 team earned a No. 1 seed.
How do any of these three teams deserve a 2-seed over the Spartans, or even the Michigan Wolverines for that matter? KU will play their opening round game against 16th-seeded Pennsylvania at Wichita's Intrust Bank Arena on Thursday.
FIRST ROUND: Xavier, Missouri, South Dakota State, Gonzaga, San Diego State, Michigan, Providence, North Carolina.
UCLA is coming off a run to the Pac-12 Tournament semifinal before the Bruins lost to Arizona, 78-67, in overtime.
POTENTIAL UPSETS: The West Region has three games that will be popular upset picks.
There's been a dark cloud hovering over college basketball, one that won't seem to go away.
Louisville went 20-13 and 9-9 in the ACC. Kyron Cartwright (11.8 points, 5.7 assists) almost led the Friars to Big East tournament championship, having proved themselves with two victories over Xavier and another over Villanova. LIU Brooklyn and Radford will play in Dayton, Ohio in the play-in game on Wednesday, March 13th at 6:40 P.M.
Kansas coach Bill Self, whose team has lost in regional finals the last two years, said the Jayhawks' path sets up well if they can beat Penn and then No. 8 Seton Hall or No. 9 North Carolina State.
And, despite all Virginia has accomplished this season - going from unranked in the preseason to No. 1 and winning both ACC titles after being picked to finish sixth in the league - the Cavaliers said they're not within a half-court heave of being satisfied.