WSU, KU & K-State all make NCAA Tournament

WSU, KU & K-State all make NCAA Tournament

WSU, KU & K-State all make NCAA Tournament

NCAA Tournament is so close to being here. The Highlanders picked up three wins prior to the Big South Tournament, where they defeated Liberty on a Carlik Jones buzzer beater to take the championship.

The Wildcats are led by USA Today Player of the Year Jalen Brunson, who is averaging 19.4 points per game and is connecting on 53.1 percent of his shots from the field. Jim Larranaga has since passed Hamilton for most NCAA Tournament wins at Miami and with two Regional Appearances.

Kansas State earned the number nine seed in the South Region and is headed to Charlotte, North Carolina.

'NOVA NO. 1: Villanova (30-4) is the No. 1 seed in the East Region, a familiar position for the Wildcats.

The Pac-12 tied the American Athletic Conference and the Atlantic 10 with only three teams in the tournament but could wind up with only one team left standing among the final 64.

NCAA Tournament: The 2018 NCAA Tournament begins Tuesday, March 13, and Wednesday, March 14, with the First Four play-in games in Dayton, Ohio. They have wins over Villanova and Xavier, a pair of No. 1 seeds from the Big East, in the past month. Maybe your team can win this tournament instead! The Horned Frogs came in as an at-large team after finishing seventh in the Big 12. Oh, if you knew automatically what 68 teams were in the fray. But those two teams ranked in the AP Top 25 appear to be safely in the tourney no matter what happens.

SURPRISE: You didn't have to look hard to find someone saying Oklahoma didn't belong in the NCAA Tournament. Out went Baylor, Louisville, and Oklahoma State. The new twist comes in the first 10 minutes when first the automatic bids will be announced in alphabetical order by conference. The selection committee tells us all that time that everything matters, that games in November and December count.

In fact, according to the advanced analytics site, Kansas - though seeded first - is the third-best team in its own quadrant. Should FSU get in the dance and win this game they would potentially face No. 2 Cincinnati or No. 15 UC Irvine. The Cyclones enter this year's tournament as the No. 10 seed and will need to prevail again to keep playing next week.

Of the last six NCAA champions, four have been No. 1 seeds.

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