CBS' expansion of the March Madness bracket breakdown to a two-hour Sunday show took a hit when the full lineup of games was leaked during the broadcast. CBSSports.com's Gary Parrish reports this is an experienced and proven team with a top-10 offense and a top-10 defense. The Ducks will meet the victor between the Patriot League's Holy Cross Crusaders (14-19) and the SWAC's Southern Jaguars (22-12). A weak non-conference schedule left the Gaels out of the bracket.
While Kansas might have earned the distinction of being the tournament's overall No. 1 seed, the consensus seems to be that the Jayhawks were not awarded the follow-up gift of having the most navigable path to the Final Four.
Calipari's complaint: Kentucky coach John Calipari had hoped winning another conference championship might boost his team's NCAA tournament seeding.
Virginia is a 24-point favorite against the 16th-seeded Hampton Pirates (21-10), the winners of the MEAC regular-season and tournament titles.
Every year I tell readers to place all four No. 1 seeds in the Sweet 16.
For years, the committee has denied that they purposefully set up the bracket in a way that might yield sexy second or third round matchups between teams that have a history of not liking one another all that much. Texas is a sixth seed that opens with Northern Iowa.
Michigan State is playing as well as any team in the country right now and could certainly reach the final four from a two position. The Zags' guards held them back early in the season. Oregon State was out-rebounded on the offensive glass by nearly one per game during the regular season.
This tournament may be just as odd and exciting for everyone - except the men running the teams.
Playing on Sunday means teams and coaches have to make a decision about where to watch the NCAA Tournament selection show.
I see the Golden Bears topping Kansas before losing to... Another have-to-get-there-first game, but, wow, would that be fun to watch. In previous years, the show was an hour long, with the bracket reveal finishing up in a tidy 30 minutes. Unlike last season, when undefeated Kentucky was poised as king entering the NCAA tournament, there's no obvious Goliath as teams prepare for their march toward Houston.
In the NCAA Tournament for the third consecutive year - a stretch in which they won 86 games - the Cavaliers' last two seasons ended with losses to Michigan State. Afterwards, the NCAA released the following statement on the leaked bracket. "I will talk to the selection committee representatives and compare the stats of all of the at-large selections to understand why they were not selected to hopefully avoid this disappointment in the future". So off the grid was Tulsa that, as Selection Sunday approached, most bubble watchers weren't even watching anymore.
Bubble teams were very much sweating the outcome of the American Athletic conference tournament, where Memphis tried but failed to beat UConn and squeeze out another bubble team.