The Musketeers could be poised to break through this season. They will open against the No. 9 seed Alabama at 9:20 pm ET on Thursday, March 15th in Pittsburgh, Pa. "It's a concern. But with what this team has gone through this year, who cares?" coach Tom Izzo said. "When we play well we're a dog-gone good team".
MI re-gaining its late-season form means they could be a darkhorse Final Four team.
Virginia, which began the season unranked in The Associated Press poll, might be considered the prohibitive favorite, as much as the notoriously anarchic tournament can be said to have one.
The Cavaliers headline the South Region bracket, earning a No. 1 seed for the sixth time in program history.
One of the most common activities surrounding the tournament is filling out a bracket to secure your guesses for who will win each game.
The only NCAA win for the Tigers during the past two decades came when they played in the First Four in Dayton in 2011 and defeated UAB. Wright State is a No. 14 seed and will play No. 3 seed Tennessee on Thursday in the South Regional.
-Teams that didn't make it included St. Mary's (weak schedule), Notre Dame (not enough quality wins), Oklahoma State (Dick Vitale went on a rant ) and Louisville (its 39 rating in the RPI is the best to miss the tournament).
Sumner went on to the National Basketball Association and athletic guard Trevon Blueitt considered leaving before deciding to stay in Cincinnati for another season. The game also has sped up, with about four more possessions per team, since the shot clock was cut to 30 seconds from 35 for the 2015-16 season.
Cincinnati (3-4) also has a stifling defense and won the American Athletic Conference title.
The South Region will present Virginia with the toughest road to the Final Four in San Antonio of any No. 1 seed other than Kansas.
"I was feeling a lot better three and a half hours ago", he said. In addition to Virginia's automatic bid, Duke, North Carolina, Miami, Clemson, North Carolina State, Florida State and Syracuse each received an at-large berth.
For the first time since the Ronald Reagan era, Virginia Tech is heading to back-to-back NCAA Tournaments. SFA (25-6) fell to Lamar in the Southland Conference tournament's championship game.
Arizona went on to win the Pac-12 regular season and conference tournament title, and early title odds have them among the seven or eight teams most likely to win it all.
POTENTIAL UPSETS: The West Region has three games that will be popular upset picks.
No. 7 Texas A&M vs.
Watching No. 3 seed MI will be fascinating since they had the long layoff after the Big Ten Tournament victory. Texas (26-6), led by coach Karen Aston, finished second in the conference.
I want to pick Michigan State so bad, but Tom Izzo is 1-11 against Coach K and Duke won this game 88-81 on November 14.
The victor of the game will face the North Carolina/Lipscomb victor on Sunday, with a trip to the West Regional in Los Angeles on the line.
The Hokies are among nine teams from the ACC playing in the NCAA tournament, the most from a conference in this year's field.
Expect to see a few Zags fans in Boise.
No. 15 Arizona, USC battle for Pac-12 crown
Arizona won the only regular season meeting between these two teams , beating USC at home 81-67 in Tucson on February 10. Alkins could not convert on a short jumper in the lane and committed a foul on the rebound attempt with 30 seconds left.