Baylor, Saint Mary's lead snubs from the 2018 NCAA Tournament field

Members of the Kentucky basketball team from left Hamidou Diallo Shai Gilgeous-Alexander Brad Calipari and Quade Green watch the NCAA Tournament selection show at the home of head coach John Calipari Sunday

Members of the Kentucky basketball team from left Hamidou Diallo Shai Gilgeous-Alexander Brad Calipari and Quade Green watch the NCAA Tournament selection show at the home of head coach John Calipari Sunday

Unlike a year ago, the team chose to watch the selection show privately. Some of the bubble debates will continue well into the week (more on that below), but the pleasant surprises came from the matchups we get following the seeding process. That's my title game prediction, and the Cavaliers will win the national championship. Jim Boeheim's team, which wasn't discussed all that often in the days leading up to the bracket reveal, will face an Arizona State team that finished ninth in the Pac-12 in a First Four matchup in Dayton.

Virginia was named the No. 1 overall seed, but I think it received the toughest draw of any top seed.

A No. 16 seed has never beaten a No. 1 seed, but Texas Southern sits at 68th on the true seed list, and will have a play-in game to win before it can take a crack at college basketball history against No. 1 Xavier.

If Wichita State beats the Thundering Herd, it'll move on to play the victor of West Virginia and Murray State Sunday, March 18.

His team responded with three consecutive wins to conclude the regular season, all of which came against NCAA Tournament-bound teams (Auburn, Alabama and Kentucky).

It's Kansas' 29th straight NCAA Tournament, extending its own NCAA record. Because - spoiler alert - in the end, the higher seeds will be the last teams standing.

The Musketeers (28-5) are No. 1 in the West Region and will face the First Four victor between North Carolina Central and Texas Southern on Thursday in Nashville. Villanova, under Coach Jay Wright, is displaying consistent excellence. "There's a chance we can play in the NCAA Tournament, and there's a chance we can go to the NIT".

Kentucky players celebrate after beating Tennessee 77-72 in an NCAA college basketball championship game at the Southeastern Conference tournament Sunday
NCAA hoops tourney gets underway tonight

Clemson (23-9) found out Sunday evening that it will face New Mexico State (28-5) in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday in San Diego.

But a gauntlet of a quality teams could be waiting for them. It is just the second tournament Notre Dame will miss since 2009.

America, you need to know about St. Bonaventure and Syracuse.

"I don't think there's any question that we're a ways away from our ceiling", coach Tom Izzo said after a 96-93 win against Iowa on February 6.

For the first time, the basketball committee released preliminary rankings in February.

When the event that gives Selection Sunday its name began at 6 p.m., Florida only waited 10 minutes to learn that it was in the tournament. The game will be televised on truTV. Winners of these games enter as 16-seeds.

If the Gators advance to the Sweet 16, they will play in the East Region semifinals and finals in Boston the following weekend.

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