There are four more days until the top 68 teams will be picked for the national championship, and the anticipation is going wild and the fever is starting to begin.
Because the Big Ten chose to hold its tournament at Madison Square Garden, it required the league to move up its schedule a full week earlier than normal. By modeling the process, they provide a data-driven foundation for who should make the tournament based on the publicized criteria. They've got good shooters.
The Cavaliers earned all 65 first-place votes in Monday's poll after finishing four games ahead of the field in the Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season race.
Seeds 1-12 get a bye to 2nd round regional games on the 1st Thursday and Friday. It should make the NCAA Tournament for only the second time this century and first since 2014. In fact, it's only happened a few times in the long history of the tournament.
For all the negativity surrounding the condensed Big Ten schedule this season, the earlier conference tournament presented at least two advantages.
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DELANY VALIDATED: CBSSPORTS.com's Matt Norlander wrote Saturday's semifinal was "validation enough" for Delany, who "took a lot of heat over his push to get the Big Ten bracket in the Big Apple a week earlier than usual". If they end up beating Colorado, I believe even with a loss to Arizona they will be in.
Instead, Villanova - which beat the Musketeers this season by 24 and 16 points but finished a game back in the Big East standings - hopped over Xavier from No. 4 while Xavier remained third. They have five players with a 38 percent or higher hit rate outside of the three-point line.
Thanks to a condensed schedule created to accommodate Madison Square Garden as the venue for last week's tournament, MI won't find out who it's playing or where it's going for another five days, raising the interminable question of rest versus rust. Unfortunately, that was the only quality win the Cornhuskers would get. However, a loss in the quarterfinal of the PAC 12 Tournament to either Stanford or Cal would leave them outside of the tournament field because of the bad quality of both the teams. Rather amazingly, the Commodores didn't win a single game outside of Nashville (3-8-1 ATS), including an embarrassing defeat at Belmont.
"Every year, we think about how we can present the tournament in a new, innovative and creative way", CBS Sports chairman Sean McManus said. Tom Izzo is looking forward to having an uninterrupted week - which coincides with Michigan State's spring break - to practice. In addition to Simpson and the play of the big fellas, this team can shoot the lights out, run, defend and most importantly - they have experience.
"I don't know how much the conference tournament enhances your seed".
The week's biggest fall belonged to Rhode Island.