As he was preparing his Virginia men's basketball team for Saturday night's ACC championship game against North Carolina, Tony Bennett was probably unaware of the drama that was unfolding in Burlington, Vermont. Tune in Friday to watch No. 8 Virginia Tech play No. 9 Alabama.
The Heels also have a win over No. 5 seed Ohio State from the regular season.
Xavier, the top seed in the West Region, will begin play Friday in Nashville against the victor of the First Four matchup between North Carolina Central and Texas Southern. Wichita is a 2½-hour drive from their campus in Lawrence, and Omaha is three hours to the north.
The Tigers won their first Southeastern Conference regular-season title since 1999 despite the season-long absence of post players Danjel Purifoy and Austin Wiley during an internal investigation into the program.
"The advantage is your fans get an opportunity to come see you play", Self said. "We know what we're capable of doing".
USC was seeded second in the Pac-12 Tournament and lost the conference final.
Kansas is the No. 1 seed in Clemson's region, which is the Midwest.
Xavier overcame losing point guard Edmond Sumner to a torn ACL midseason to make an improbable run to the Elite Eight a year ago, knocking off Maryland, Florida State and Arizona before losing to the Zags. For Michigan State fans over the past two decades, there has been little sweating on Selection Sunday.
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Nebraska played some tough non-conference opponents and came oh so close to knocking off the Kansas Jayhawks in December. They had some absolutely great wins. Get ready for ACC chest-thumping and talk of a North Carolina-Duke final. Everyone will have their eyes on Trae Young, Oklahoma's star point guard, but his Sooners are just too inconsistent, and they've lost 11 of their last 15 going into the tournament.
Best first round match up: Not the Kentucky of old, this year's squad lands a No. 5 seed and will have its hands full with the red-hot 12th seeded Davidson, fresh off their upset win in the A-10 tournament besting Rhode Island.
Oh, and Auburn is the No. 4 seed after earning the top seed in the SEC Tournament.
United Kingdom won a national title in 2012 while making the Final Four in 2011, 2014 and 2015.
For the second straight year, the A.C.C. placed nine teams in the tournament.
And the next few weeks will remind us why that matters, and what we'd miss most if it were gone. "Our body of work is pretty good when you think about what we've done in a short amount of time and you look at beating five top-25 teams and winning on the road and a couple wins against the No. 2 team in the country". The game would play out like a heavyweight fight in a phone booth.
In the title game, the Friars took Villanova to overtime before falling 76-66 at Madison Square Garden in NY.
Both the Cowgirls (20-10) and Sooners (16-14) find themselves in precarious situations, though Oklahoma State appears to have a stronger case for an at-large berth than its in-state rival.
But a gauntlet of a quality teams could be waiting for them. The Bruins rebounded nicely and started the season 7-1. UNC beat the Bulldogs previous year in the national title game.