Auburn, Alabama heading to the NCAA Tournament

Auburn, Alabama heading to the NCAA Tournament

Florida is making its 19th NCAA Tournament appearance and second under White. Both were entangled in the federal investigation into college basketball that cost coach Bruce Pearl his top assistant. Should the Cavaliers advance to the Round of 32, they'll face the victor of Kansas State and Creighton. They had some absolutely great wins.

No player on Tennessee's roster has ever played in the NCAA Tournament. Cincinnati's about a four-hour drive from Nashville.

Their reward? A 7 seed for Saint Mary's, against fellow mid-major VCU, and a 10 seed for Wichita State, against another mid-major in Dayton.

The Musketeers will likely face the victor of No. 8 seed Missouri and No. 9 seed Florida State as the Tigers will be a team to watch thanks to the status of star freshman Michael Porter Jr.

Even Virginia, which earned the top seed, faces a battle in its region.

As expected, the University of Virginia earned the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament.

Xavier (28-5) is the No. 1 seed in the West. Michigan (28-7), the Big Ten champions, is the No. 3 seed.

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What: Four play-in games to determine the official 64-team bracket for the 2018 NCAA Division-1 Men's Basketball Tournament, followed by 32 Round of 64 games.

Their course to the Final Four will nearly certainly take them through the Wildcats, somehow. Rhode Island wound up getting the at-large bid that would have gone to Bonzie Colson and the Fighting Irish. The Jayhawks get the top seed in this region, and while they have terrific guard play, they're too reliant on shooting the 3, and one cold night could allow them to get picked off early. Yet they have not made the Final Four since the tournament expanded to 64 teams in 1985, and their last national semifinal came in 1984, when they were knocked off by a Houston team led by the star center Hakeem Olajuwon.

It is the 21st straight year the Spartans (29-4) have made the NCAA field under coach Tom Izzo.

"This was a good tournament for us and we'll learn from this game", Pinson said. He hasn't been able to do that the past two years, getting knocked out in first and second rounds. Want to guess how many road wins Alabama has all year? Two. They also won 11 games in the Southern Conference during the 1951-52 season. UNC beat Providence in the second round of the 2016 NCAA tournament in Raleigh.

The victor of the Virginia's first-round game will meet No. 8 seed Creighton (21-11) or No. 9 seed Kansas State (22-11) in the second round on Sunday, March 18. That included two wins over Duke, a win at Tennessee, a home win against eventual Big Ten Tournament champ MI and a neutral-court win against Ohio State.

Bucknell (25-9) won the Patriot League title. Villanova lost opening weekend as a No. 1 seed in 2015, and as a No. 2 seed in 2014 and 2010.

Syracuse was the last team into the field.

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