Gonzaga gets No. 1 seed for West Region
- Author: Lawrence Cooper Mar 14, 2017,
Mar 14, 2017, 0:38
The No. 1 seeds are Villanova, Kansas, North Carolina, and Gonzaga.
The Blue Devils won four games in four days to win the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament. At least they have odds.
Jacksonville State (20-14) wasn't supposed to be here either after going 8-23 last season.
The tournament gets into full swing Thursday, with the Final Four set for April 1 and 3 in Phoenix.
Interesting to see Villanova and Duke, the previous two national champions, as the top two seeds in the East Region. This season, he's the catalyst for a Winthrop team that is 26-6 and making its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2009-10. The 15 and 16 seeds were relatively cheap to "purchase" but as we got in to the higher rated seeds (the top four in each region - think North Carolina, Kansas, UCLA, and Duke; some things never change) the prices were pretty astronomical. Sure. A no. 16 seed over a no. 1 seed? Not only that but Northwestern managed to beat Maryland at the Verizon Center, just a short distance from its campus. The Bobcats, chasing their first NCAA berth since 1997, lost to Troy 59-53 in the Sun Belt Tournament final Sunday in New Orleans.
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A major snowstorm is expected to hit the Northeast on Tuesday and that means a tough trip from Philadelphia to Buffalo, even for the defending national champions. The Jayhawks often disappoint in March, but they'll have every geographical advantage this time.
The first-round games include ... Louisville and OR are the No. 2 and 3 seeds in the Midwest. Villanova poses for photographs with the tournament trophy after a championship NCAA college basketball game against Creighton in the finals of the Big East men's tournament Saturday, March 11, 2017, in NY.
Surprisingly, it seems as if Maryland's loss to Northwestern didn't hurt them much at all as they land as the No. 23 overall seed, ahead of other Big Ten teams MI and Wisconsin. Now they have six more to win, one at a time. Adding to the severity of this drought, three of the Cavaliers' four wins since February 12th have been against ACC cellar dwellers Pittsburgh and North Carolina State.
In the committee room, Hollis said Duke entered the weekend as a No. 4 seed, and moved up considerably throughout its conference tournament run.
Hall is going to have a tough matchup against the Bruins' front line, but expect him to put up a good fight as Kent State hangs tough. They'll be hungry to get back to the final. Duke had three Top 25 wins in the ACC Tournament, but we're considering the entire body of work. Villanova was previously a No. 1 seed in the Minneapolis Region in 2006 and in the East Region in 2015. "It becomes less because there's less time", he said. "They struggled away from home, and their non-conference schedule was not that hard yet they still struggled with that".
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Villanova (31-3), which won last year's N.C.A.A. men's basketball tournament on a three-pointer at the buzzer in the championship game, was awarded the top overall seed in this year's bracket, released Sunday evening, one day after winning the Big East tournament.