Published: Mon, March 12, 2018
Sports | By Jonathan Ford

Breaking down the NCAA tourney — March Madness

Breaking down the NCAA tourney — March Madness

Villanova, Kansas and Xavier joined Virginia as the top seeds. After going 31-5 and having a Top 10 KenPom ranking previous year, the Shockers got a 10 seed.

Sixth-seeded Miami (22-9) meets 11-seed Loyola-Chicago (28-5) in Dallas on Thursday, while No. 7 seed Nevada (27-7) meets No. 10 seed Texas (19-14) on Friday in Nashville.

Creighton athletic director Bruce Rasmussen, chairman of the Division I men's basketball committee, said Syracuse was the last team to be added to the field.

"Everybody's capable in this tournament". Only time will tell when it comes to whether the Wildcats will be able to win their second title in three seasons, but it's hard to pick against them when seeing how favorable of a region they're fortunate enough to play in this year. They have a 6-0 mark in Charlotte with first- and second-round wins there in 2005 and '11 and two regional wins there '08. The Wildcats are the 12th seed in the South and will take on five-seed Kentucky on Thursday in Boise, Idaho.

With two wins in the first week, Virginia could match up against Pac-12 champion Arizona or SEC Tournament champion Kentucky in the Sweet 16. Dave Odom, who retired from coaching in 2008 after a stint at SC, is on the NIT committee and still lives in Winston-Salem. Purdue, which lost to MI in the Big Ten tournament final, is the two-seed in the East Region. The Tar Heels could be in for a battle with either team.

Donte Grantham's season-ending ACL injury has put more pressure on Marcquise Reed to be the team's offensive spark, though, which could be troublesome for Clemson. When Marquette was more of a sure bet to make the tournament in 2016-'17, players celebrated with fans in the Union Sports Annex, a campus sports bar where tourney-bound Marquette teams tend to hold viewing parties. The games in Virginia Tech's bracket will be played in PPG Paints Arena. A&M finished the season 20-12 with a 9-9 record in SEC play.

No. 1 Villanova vs.

For the first time since 2003, both are in the field of 68. Purdue ranked second in the nation in 3-point percentage (42.0), but Villanova has the highest-scoring offense at 87.1 points per game. Wildcats head coach Sean Miller is embroiled in a very weird, potentially disastrous, potentially libelous scandal.

"I wouldn't say pressure is the word", leading scorer Kyle Guy said after Saturday night's win against North Carolina in the ACC Tournament title game. I feel really grateful that I get the chance to coach these kids and this team.

Virginia and UMBC will tip off Friday at a to-be-determined time.

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