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But landing a top seed is not exactly a hall pass to the national championship game. (In 2011, none did.) This may seem shocking, but run the math and it makes sense. The eighth-seeded Wildcats will open play against ninth-seeded Vanderbilt (19-15) in Salt Lake City with the victor facing the Gonzaga-South Dakota State victor.
Obviously, a lot of things have to go right for a 16th-seeded team to deliver the most shocking blow in NCAA Tournament history.
Even with KU's thin and relatively pedestrian frontcourt, it's unlikely the Aggies can do much damage offensively in the paint. Still, the idea that the Bulldogs are Final Four material is no fluke. "It's just been guys jumping on opportunities when they get them and stepping up to big moments", said Daum. Luckily, you won't have to look far; we've listed the best Gonzaga vs SDSU streaming options in the guide below. The Zags' sport three seven-footers, including 305 Pound Polish Product Przemek Karnowski. The Bulldogs lost that year in the round of 32 by eventual Final Four team Wichita State. From there, the West Region's top seed used stout defense to maintain a safe distance against the Jackrabbits. Still, the Zags should have the pieces to withstand it.
After not getting picked for the first 77 NCAA tournaments, Northwestern had to wait until the final region was revealed on the selection show to get its first bid. We've won a couple already.
Most of the NCAA tournament market opened Gonzaga at -22, with a total of 153.
The Sooners have played Washington in two of the last three seasons, but not the in current one. The ceiling for the Tar Heels' tournament progress truly is the roof. And since this is a team that beat Louisville twice and just two weeks ago held North Carolina to its worst per-possession offensive performance of the season, Villanova would not be safe in that scenario either. The Zags are very likely to win, but can they cover a big number on the college basketball odds?
Anyway, one of those four losses?
The three point shooting and free throw shooting was also awful.
Northwestern recorded its first ever NCAA Tournament win with a thrilling 68-66 victory over Vanderbilt.
"That 1-16 game, someone else can have that from here on out", said Gonzaga coach Mark Few, who also sweated out a six-point win over Southern as a No. 1 in 2013 - in the same arena, no less.
"He is great defender from the film that we have watched, and I'm super excited - Coach is going to have us on the move the entire time, so it will just be fun to see us all over the court and see how they defend us and everything we throw at them". So it's just a rubber match. That would be Louisville, which is ranked four spots higher than the Jayhawks on Kenpom. Reed Tellinghuisen was a mere 1-of-10 from beyond the arc.
An all-Florida first-round matchup highlights the rest of the region with third-seeded Florida State (25-8) taking on No. 14 seed Florida Gulf Coast (26-7) in Orlando, Florida.