Bears among four Big 12 teams on NCAA tournament bubble

Bears among four Big 12 teams on NCAA tournament bubble

Here are two big ones: What seed will K-State earn?

"We need to get these teams right", she said. It may not be enough for a two seed, but it's close.

-The ACC led the way with nine teams in the tournament, matching a record the ever-expanding conference set past year.

"To be given the 1 seed it's, I guess, a reward for a heck of a regular season and then postseason, ACC conference tournament", Cavs coach Tony Bennett said Sunday night after the selection was announced.

Carolina's fairly recent switch to a small ball lineup (starting Cam Johnson and playing jack-of-all-trades Theo Pinson at the four) made them a potent offensive team and sparked their surge in February.

Kansas is a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament for the third straight year and is on a collision course with No. 2 seed Duke in the Midwest Region. The Sooners' six Quadrant 1 wins, four in the top 20, should get them across the finish line, while the Sun Devils' six Quadrant 2 losses will likely be their undoing.

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In the East, Villanova's toughest competition figures to be fifth-seeded West Virginia (24-10), whose pressing style can fluster even the most poised opponent; fourth-seeded Wichita State (25-7); and, should both arrive in the regional round in Boston, No. 2-seeded Purdue, which has had its best season in years.

And yet, it's hard to imagine there weren't some sighs of relief in the NCAA offices when some bubble teams' names were left out of the field. Much of that has to do with the Big 12, which is projected by Lunardi as having seven teams make the tournament. Villanova has excellent guard play and one of the best coaches in the country in Wright. Their resume is highlighted with victories against top tier teams such as Kentucky and Arizona, but they lost three of their final five games to conclude the season.

That means bubble teams such as Louisville, Arizona State, Syracuse and Saint Mary's won't have quite as long to find out whether they are in or out of the field of 68. Nova won the NCAA Tournament in 2016, just its second championship.

It continues to be hard for mid-major conferences to place their teams.

Davidson beat Rhode Island in the A-10 tournament championship game Sunday to steal an at-large bid. The Bonnies are an extremely balanced team, with a top 100 offensive (59) and defensive (94) efficiency.

When was the last time college basketball fans and experts got as worked up about questionable seeding as they did previous year? Most notably, Oklahoma (18-13) dropped from a four-seed to a No. 10 - the product of losing eight of its final 10 games. That website says there is a 77 percent chance Nebraska gets in and has them listed as an 11 seed. The star freshman scored a game-high 22 points, but he needed 21 shots to get there.

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