Where will Kansas State start the NCAA Tournament? Here are some possibilities

Mar 12, 2018, 05:55
Where will Kansas State start the NCAA Tournament? Here are some possibilities

According to a Morning Consult poll, 18 percent of Americans plan to fill out a NCAA men's basketball tournament bracket in the coming days.

Let's also consider the health of the players, since it's clear the powers-that-be aren't giving it a second thought.

The Final Four and National Championship will be played on March 31 and April 2 at the Alamodome in San Antonio. The Musketeers' loss to Providence on Friday evening in the Big East Tournament semifinals coupled with Duke winning the ACC Tournament could've endangered their No. 1 seed.

The Villanova Wildcats have been at or near the top of the rankings for the majority of the season. Arizona, a No. 4 seed in the South, has been roiled by a report that wiretaps caught coach Sean Miller discussing a $100,000 payment to freshman Deandre Ayton. They're 143rd in the country in scoring (75.0 points per game) and rank 146th in effective field goal percentage (51.7 percent). The Spartans have a better overall and record and won the Big Ten regular season title, but also lack quality wins. It's a problem that has kept Cincinnati from making an extended tournament run in the past and will likely do the same this year.

When was the last time college basketball fans and experts got as worked up about questionable seeding as they did past year?

Why did the NCAA Tournament selection committee switch to the quadrant system? Here are two big ones: What seed will K-State earn? There were other head-scratchers, but maybe the committee learned its lesson. One-and-done is a hot topic right now.

"The advantage is your fans get an opportunity to come see you play", Self said. "You've got to learn as much as you can about your opponent and everybody's capable in this tournament".

Can Arizona overcome a tumultuous month?

Virginia, which began the season unranked in The Associated Press poll, might be considered the prohibitive favorite, as much as the notoriously anarchic tournament can be said to have one.

"I told our players, everybody can play if they're in there", Bennett said. "Or the opposite, where the metrics aren't great but when you look at them you say, 'Boy, this is a very good team.' Because of what reasons?"

In potentially the final game of his college career, Trae Young went out on a low note, with Oklahoma falling to Oklahoma State 71-60 in the first game of the Big 12 tournament. MI beat Purdue for the Big Ten title at Madison Square Garden, where more than 4,000 seats went unsold for the championship game. But it appears that won't be enough for the Cornhuskers and Nittany Lions. I think that's the past way to go about it.

Daxter Miles Jr. finished with 25 points, and Jevon Carter had 17 points and nine assists for the Mountaineers, who have lost three straight Big 12 Tournament championship games.

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