Marcha 23, 2018

March Madness 2018: Who were the biggest snubs on Selection Sunday?

12 Marcha 2018, 09:28 | Benedicto Grullon

There will be plenty of nervous Syracuse basketball fans sweating out Selection Sunday

There will be plenty of nervous Syracuse basketball fans sweating out Selection Sunday

2 - Tom Izzo and the Spartans will likely have to play Duke again: While having the homecourt advantage in Detroit is huge, the thought of facing Duke in the Sweet 16 is beyond ominous for the Spartans. In a game where the seedings are often considered interchangeable, #8 Creighton opens up as a slight favorite against the Wildcats.

REGIONAL FINAL: North Carolina over Gonzaga, in a rematch of the 2017 title game.

South Dakota State famously discovered Daum by chance, when the unknown prep player from Kimball, Nebraska, hit 12 three-pointers against an AAU team featuring one of the country's top recruits. In each of the last five seasons, one team seeded No. 7 or higher has gotten there. The Friars will be making their 20th appearance overall in the NCAA Tournament.

The Cardinals put up an interesting case as they didn't lose to single team outside of the RPI top 100 and had three Q1 wins, which is a big tool the committee uses to make selections.

The Florida Gators are dancing in the NCAA Tournament for the second straight year.

MI will travel to Wichita, Kansas for its first round matchup against Montana in the West Region. They've beaten Michigan State and North Carolina, but also lost to St. John's and Boston College.

No teams from the District of Columbia made the field of 68, and the only school representing Maryland is UMBC.

Tennessee, which split the regular-season title with Auburn, is the SEC's top-seeded team at No. 3 in the South. Kentucky, which beat Tennessee 77-72 on Sunday for the SEC Tournament title, wound up seeded fifth in the same region.

The younger Odom, who played in college 60 miles away from Virginia at Hampden-Sydney, also was an assistant coach at Virginia Tech.

The Tar Heels (25-10), the No. 2 seed in the West region, get to start close to home, in Charlotte on Friday against No. 15 Lipscomb (23-9), and potentially get to go somewhere warm if they win two games.

Conspicuous in their absence from the field were Louisville and Notre Dame, with Syracuse claiming one of the last spots.

After announcing the automatic bids, Greg Gumbel of TBS began revealing the at-large qualifiers alphabetically in groups of six. The Wildcats (24-10) have won seven of their last eight games entering the NCAA Tournament, with four of those seven wins coming against teams that were ranked or receiving votes in the national listings. Even though Virginia has been doing this for years, it's still a bit of a weird approach that has not produced a Final Four appearance for the program.

Challenged about Oklahoma's seed by TBS's Charles Barkley, Rasmussen said, "The games in November count the same as the games in February". Berry has averaged 17.1 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game this year. But the Boilermakers were upset in the Bahamas and the anticipated game may come instead with a Final Four berth at stake.

"Wichita State's good, so that'll be a hard game", Huggins said.

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