Going dancing: Virginia, Virginia Tech, Radford learn NCAA matchups

Erika Holt
March 12, 2018

That, combined with great metrics allowed Hokie fans to relax in the lead-up to Selection Sunday while teams below them in the ACC were more nervous today. The Bruins will take on another 11-seed as they will face St. Bonaventure on Tuesday night at 6:10 p.m. PT.

This year's team went 25-6 during the regular season and won the SEC regular season title with a 13-5 mark in league play. Most notably, Oklahoma (18-13) dropped from a four-seed to a No. 10 - the product of losing eight of its final 10 games.

But putting a third team in the field from the conference doesn't seem outlandish. This year marked the first time since 1999 that any of those things have happened on the Plains.

No. 1 overall seed Virginia will face No. 16 seed UMBC, coached by former Hokies assistant Ryan Odom, in Charlotte on Friday in the South Region.

Montana was scheduled to play at UCLA on December 6, but that game was canceled because of wildfires in California. The No. 4 seed is the second-best in program history and highest since the 1999 team earned a No. 1 seed. Had that shot missed, Louisville would have probably been in the NCAA Tournament. That included its latest defeat at the hands of Alabama, which forced Auburn to exit the SEC Tournament early. Arizona, a No. 4 seed in the South, has been roiled by a report that wiretaps caught coach Sean Miller discussing a $100,000 payment to freshman Deandre Ayton.

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No. 1 seed Rhode Island won the regular-season title and upset Creighton in the NCAA Tournament before falling to OR last season. Dowtin was at the forefront of the comeback, as his 16 points and 10 assists gave him a second career double-double.

From the top seed in the NCAA Tournament - Virginia - to those that barely made it into the bracket - Arizona State and Syracuse - it feels as though everyone involved in March Madness is on the bubble this year.

"We're very excited to be in the NCAA Tournament". The Grizzlies are 4-1 in neutral-site games and 8-6 in away games, and they went 14-0 at home. The Midwest could be in for some fireworks, with three of college basketball's longtime powers-Kansas (No. 1), Duke (No. 2) and Michigan State (No. 3)-landing in the region. Miller and Tony Bennett also used to coach together with Team USA.

Davidson beat Rhode Island in the A-10 tournament championship game Sunday to steal an at-large bid. Murray State might upset every other five seed in the field, but West Virginia is a tough draw for any mid-major not used to the Mountaineers' overly physical style. "What he's trying to do is be the best leader and best example of a Villanova player to our young guys that he can be - and trusting that doing that is going to make him the best version of himself".

The region has three ACC teams, with Clemson joining Duke and North Carolina State.

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