NCAA Tournament Selection Show: Will FSU be dancing?

Alabama gets a No. 9 seed, will face Virginia Tech

The NCAA tournament bubble is overcrowded heading into Selection Sunday, and Big 12 teams are fighting for a lot of the parking spaces.

Virginia spent an entire season exceeding all expectations and making a dominant run through the Atlantic Coast Conference. Here are two big ones: What seed will K-State earn?

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. Wichita is a 2½-hour drive from their campus in Lawrence, and Omaha is three hours to the north. LIU Brooklyn and Radford will play in Dayton, Ohio in the play-in game on Wednesday, March 13th at 6:40 P.M. "We play in the best league in America, without question".

On Saturday, ESPN bracketology expert Joe Lunardi predicted Texas, Oklahoma, St. Mary's and Arizona State will be the last four teams to make the NCAA tournament with at-large bids.

De Sousa had 16 points on 8 of 8 shooting while grabbing 10 rebounds, and Malik Newman added 20 points to cap a phenomenal tournament, lifting the Jayhawks (27-7) to their 11th tournament title and a likely No. 1 seed when the NCAA Tournament bracket is revealed Sunday.

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. The quadrant system is the NCAA's new method to evaluating quality wins. They had some absolutely great wins. "I talked to my staff enough about it".

The West Region, which concludes in Los Angeles, also includes North Carolina, Michigan, Gonzaga and Houston. But when whole, they also lost to Quadrant 3 foes IN and Ball State, and wins over Wichita State, Florida State and Virginia Tech might not be enough. For the first time since 2000, the Bonnies are an at-large team. The Tigers played all season without top post players Danjel Purifoy and Austin Wiley, both of whom were entangled in the federal investigation into college basketball that cost coach Bruce Pearl his top assistant. Kansas, Duke and Auburn round out the other teams in the top four. Louisville, with an RPI of 39, became the highest-rated team in that index to miss the tournament, backing the concept that the selection committee would look more heavily at other factors. Miami, Duke, and Virginia were able to take advantage of that over the last two weeks and teams will be able to do the same later in the tournament.

Bennett said not having to face a play-in game victor makes preparation for the opening game a little bit easier for his players and coaching staff.

When Iona won the MAAC on Monday, the expectation was a 16 seed.

There are always sleepers, mid-major surprises, and bubble teams that sneak in and go from the First Four to possibly the Final Four.

OU's tournament life will rest squarely on the shoulders of Young.

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