Published: Mon, March 12, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

WSU, KU & K-State all make NCAA Tournament

WSU, KU & K-State all make NCAA Tournament

The Hokies will play as the East Region's No. 8 seed against No. 9 Alabama, with the victor likely moving on to face No. 1 Villanova.

As for the rest of the slate?

Xavier (28-5) is the No. 1 seed in the West. Michigan (28-7), the Big Ten champions, is the No. 3 seed. Texas Tech defeated TCU 79-75.

Virginia Tech also beat other NCAA Tournament teams North Carolina, Clemson, North Carolina State and Virginia. They have wins over Villanova and Xavier, a pair of No. 1 seeds from the Big East, in the past month.

It's disappointing to not see Big Red participating in this year's tournament and they've now been excluded from dancing for four straight years. Coach Gregg Marshall leads his fourth-seeded Shockers (25-7) against No. 13 seed Marshall (24-10).

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"I don't control those things", Littell said. Virginia, 2, Cincinnati, 3. This could be a flawless situation for a 12-over-5 upset. The Wildcats play #13 Buffalo in Boise, ID on Thursday.

OU went 5-6 in the non-conference play.

The Sun Devils must play their way into the field of 64, facing Syracuse on Wednesday in Dayton, Ohio.

If UF advances, it will play the victor of No. 3 Texas Tech vs. Kansas, 2. Duke, 3.

The Spartans will face Bucknell in the first round.

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Oh, and Auburn is the No. 4 seed after earning the top seed in the SEC Tournament. "I was looking at the 1-16, 8 and 9". At 17-16, SC never had a shot to make it.

Pearl called the College of Charleston "a three-headed monster" with guards Grant Riller and Joe Chealey and forward Jarrell Brantley, all of whom average at least 17 points per game. They will play LIU-Brooklyn on Tuesday, March 13. The Wildcats play in a tough conference and might make for a hard second game. Notre Dame got no love either for its deep run into the ACC tournament or the return of its best player, Bonzie Colson. They have a very tough region, and if they face Michigan State in the Sweek 16 it will be a fantastic test for them. If there is a concern, it is that the Cavs don't have that standout, take-charge guy to take over at crunch time, ala Marvin Bagley III of Duke or Arizona's Ayton. The previous record was six teams in the tournament, achieved by the conference nine times and most recently in 2008. The last time came in the 1985 and 1986 tournaments. Note: Florida won't have a line until the Gators Round 1 opponent is determined.

Best upset pick: Providence is the 10 seed but has the credentials of a true contender.

The last time Alabama won a game in the NCAA tournament was in 2004 when Mark Gottfried's No. 8 seeded Tide advanced to the Elite Eight round before falling to second-seeded CT 87-71 in Phoenix Regional final.

"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". The Midwest Regional semifinals and finals will be played in Omaha, Nebraska.

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