That may or may not be the case.
This marks the 38th appearance all-time appearance for the Wildcats in the NCAA Tournament and fourth time they have earned the No. 1 seed. The Bulldogs had an RPI of 36 and four Quadrant 1 wins entering the game, one of them over Villanova at home.
Virginia, which began the season unranked in The Associated Press poll, might be considered the prohibitive favorite, as much as the notoriously anarchic tournament can be said to have one. Get excited. Get ready to make picks. Worse yet, TBS has said that rather than unveil the teams as the selection committee bracketed, they'll first announce all the teams, then how they're paired. TBS has promised to complete the matchups by the end of the first hour rather than string everyone as frustratingly as CBS did two years ago.
Virginia spent an entire season exceeding all expectations and making a dominant run through the Atlantic Coast Conference. Charleston guard Joe Chealey averages 17 points and 3.7 assists per game.
Villanova will face the victor of LIU-Brooklyn-Radford First Four game. Those two teams were regular-season conference champions and came from behind to preserve their chances at a conference tournament title.
OU (18-13, 8-10 Big 12) has played in 15 Quadrant 1 games, winning six of them.
As sports fans continue to consume information differently, ratings for Selection Sunday have declined over the last two years. I am looking for the committee to shock us again as they do every year!
"I can't stand conference tournaments", he said. "And that's kind of what this week is for".
There's certainly no denying that Arizona has talent, but there's also no denying that they probably benefitted from playing in a weak Pac-12 that only sent three teams to the tournament.
Rashard Odomes was the only other Sooners player to reach double figures in scoring with 12 points.
The Spartans will face Bucknell in the first round. Below are the teams that I believe will be left out but could find their way into the bracket.
The fact of the matter is that no one knows what the field is going to look like.
He added: "The relief valve is going to happen earlier now: 'Phew!"
Jay Wright coached Villanova to the Final Four in 2009 and to the NCAA title in 2016. Meanwhile, 53 of the 64 Final Four teams from the same period rated in the top 30 in adjusted defensive efficiency.
Before you start popping champagne corks, keep in mind ESPN believes Texas and Florida State are absolutely in.