These games are usually played a few days after Selection Sunday and determine which of the eight teams playing will advance to the first round of the tournament. The selection show is a massively big deal for sports fans, especially college basketball lovers, and a certain number of viewers will hang around to see every team revealed, even if they do so begrudgingly. That means every team in the bracket is beatable and nobody is a consensus favorite. 68 teams compete in a bracket-style tournament. The team will be remembered most for its NCAA Tournament performance.
Here's a look at the 2018 SEC Tournament.
Along with earning the praise of being an elite point guard, Cassius Winston has become known as the team's clutch playmaker in close games. The Cavaliers are No. 1 in the RPI and in KenPom, won the ACC regular-season race by four games and own a 9-1 record against Quadrant 1 opponents through Sunday's games Quadrant 1 contests are home games vs. teams ranked 1-30 in RPI, neutral games vs. 1-50 and away games vs. 1-75. Lunardi has Texas as one of his last four teams in, so if Shaka Smart's squad falls to Iowa State on Wednesday night, it won't be good news for Texas fans.
We've got tools on tools on tools that utilize our advanced metrics to help you formulate and create an optimal bracket. No. 13 Tennessee and No. 16 Auburn shared the regular-season title, though the Tigers claimed the No. 1 seed. "Everyone will know early in the broadcast who's in, and then they'll find out who they're going to play". Therefore, the SEC bubble teams will be rooting for the Hokies in that contest. The game's first 14 points were scored by the bigs. Overall, the Gators have had an up-and-down season that's ultimately been a bit disappointing to this point. The Golden Gophers started the challenge with a 3-2 win over Arizona, but followed up with losses to Washington and UCLA. Two (Big Ten and Missouri Valley) were decided on neutral courts, while two others (Atlantic Sun and Big South) gave an advantage to the top seed left alive. The Big Ten "led off the lineup, starting its five-day tournament in February to gain a foothold" in the market. Of course, a couple of scenarios could change things.
Like Florida, Texas A&M has had an odd year. Teams like LSU and Mississippi State have been on the bubble in recent weeks, but they mostly look out of the picture entering the tournament - barring a miracle run. "The teams that played in the semis and finals really were good basketball teams". With a Final Four run, the strength-of-schedule narrative will be long gone, surpassed by fond memories of tournament wins.
This one was less dramatic - though surely the Wolverines did not mind. The Wolfpack will probably safely reach the tournament no matter what happens here, but they'll want to win another title, and Martin will be out to show off ahead of the Big Dance. The potential quarterfinal matchup with Kentucky would have an awesome atmosphere for a conference tournament.
Simpson finished with 10 points, five assists and five rebounds and Moe Wagner led MI with 17 points, despite playing only 17 minutes because of foul trouble - which plagued him all tournament. Which makes Chiozza, Florida's senior point guard, a very unsafe player.
"We lost a year ago in the first game and went to the Sweet 16 and that was coming off being Big Ten champs, " Thompson said.