First look at No. 3 seed MI opponent Montana in NCAA Tournament

URI taking on 10-seed Oklahoma, Providence College facing 7-seed Texas A&M in NCAA Tournament

URI taking on 10-seed Oklahoma, Providence College facing 7-seed Texas A&M in NCAA Tournament

Senior Marvin Smith of the Spartans said after beating East Tennessee State in the Southern Conference championship game that they are committed to each other.

Arizona made it as an automatic bid for winning the Pac-12.

With the Gonzaga Bulldogs making last year's Final Four, the Musketeers are arguably the most consistent program in college basketball without an NCAA tournament semifinals appearance on their resume. St. Mary's was left out despite going 28-5 and beating Gonzaga because, Rasmussen said, it did not have enough quality wins, even as he acknowledged that it is structurally hard for teams outside basketball's six power conferences to schedule top nonleague competition. I think our defense grew up the last three weeks of the season.

The selection ends the third-longest active NCAA Tournament drought among major conference teams behind Rutgers (since 1991) and TCU (since 1998).

It's Selection Sunday and the committee has spoken!

A month ago skeptics started to question Kentucky's NCAA Tournament credentials after the Wildcats lost four consecutive Southeastern Conference games. The SOS was exceptional, finishing as No. 3 out of 351 teams.

The Cavaliers (31-2, 17-1 ACC) won't get the luxury of facing a team that is playing in the First Four despite being the No. 1 overall seed.

But if Division I's average adjusted tempo is a little more than 68 possessions per game, per KenPom.com, there is a decided outlier: With 59.2 possessions per game, Virginia is the slowest team in college basketball. Marshall earned an automatic berth as the Conference USA Tournament champion and is going to its first NCAA Tournament since 1987.

1 overall seed in the tournament and will headline the South Region. Orlando Vandross, Virginia's director of recruiting and player development, coached under Odom at UNC-Charlotte. They had a very good case for being in the dance but got left out. The Hokies are on a bit of a slide, having lost three of their last four.

Sadly, that was where the excitement ended, as the Cornhuskers were blown out by MI in their first game of the conference tournament. Texas Tech, Wichita State, West Virginia and Florida are among the teams that could also come out of the East should Villanova stumble. The Virginia win was in Charlottesville. The 10th-seeded Bulldogs defeated Villanova this season and lost to the Boilermakers in December.

The victor of No. 7 Texas A&M (20-12) and No. 10 Providence (21-13) awaits in a potential second-round matchup for UNC, which was sent to Charlotte instead of Duke.

The Hokies have an experienced roster. Only one player in that group is taller than 6-feet-6, 6-feet-10 Kerry Blackshear Jr.

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