That's what we're here to explain.
Villanova's outstanding point guard Jalen Brunson, who was named the Big East Player of the Year and Scholar Athlete of the Year, will have his eyes glued to the TV set for this matchup as well as the Wildcats' coaching staff. The most common Final Four picks in the other regions are second-seeded North Carolina (West) and third-seeded Michigan State (Midwest). The previous coach to win it all as a newbie was Steve Fisher, who was promoted at MI in 1989 after Bill Frieder was famously fired after he agreed to take another job following the season. Brunson likely won't be a top pick in this summer's National Basketball Association draft like his backcourt mate Mikal Bridges, but he should thrive in the Big Dance.
My Final Four consists of 3 Tennessee, 1 Xavier, 3 Texas Tech, and 1 Kansas.
The suspense turned to relief for coach Jim Flanery, who believes his 18-12 team most likely earned its NCAA opportunity with its work during the nonconference portion of the schedule and by beating Providence on the road in double-overtime on February 10.
Where do they go from there?
(The) committee will compare teams on the seed list with one another, a process known as "scrubbing", to make sure the group is comfortable with the order in which the teams are ranked. The seventh seed in the Albany Regional, Cal travels to face 10th-seeded Virginia (18-13) in the first round on Friday, with a potential second-round matchup between host No. 2-seed SC (26-6) or No. 15-seed North Carolina A&T (23-8). Past year was a bloodbath for No. 6 seeds.
For example, a number-16 seed has never beat a number-one seed in the first round.
Of course, one loss doesn't send you home unlike every other game. They have held opponents to shooting just 29.2 percent from three this season, putting the Red and Blue ahead of some of the best defenses in the country, including top seed Virginia and No. 2 seed Cincinnati.
How about the 1995-96 season when Princeton defeated defending champion UCLA in an NCAA Tournament opener as Gabe Lewullis hit a backdoor layup with four seconds left for an eventual 43-41 victory.
In the four decades since, the participants in the most storied rivalry in the game have managed to avoid one another. Frank Howard and Oshae Brissett were the other two Orange players to average double digits per game. That being said, does anyone else wonder what the heck the First Four is all about? Some people pick a million upsets because they strictly enjoy the rush of cheering for the underdog. In 2011, VCU, as a No. 11 seed, made it all the way from the First Four to the Final Four. But, this First Four "Last Four" format is dampening the chances that it'll happen.
Iowa is 7-5 all-time against Creighton and while the teams haven't met since the 2006-07 season, they are far from strangers.
3/13 - No.16 LIU Brooklyn vs.
Up next: The victor of this game advances in the East Region and will face No. 1 Villanova on Thursday.
Up next: The victor of this game will take on No. 6 Florida in the East Region on Thursday. The Buckeyes will have a problem containing the Jackrabbits' leading scorer, Mike Daum, an National Basketball Association prospect who is averaging 23.8 points per game.