How to fill out your tournament bracket

Florence Fletcher
March 15, 2018

If you're confused or wondering why that is, we're here to help.

"We're capable of running the table if our mind is right and we have great attitudes and we keep believing and trusting one another", said guard Malik Newman, the Big 12 tournament's Most Outstanding Player.

That's what we're here to explain. I had Virginia in the Final Four, but the injury to Deandre Hunter caused me to make the switch. Michigan State has Miles Bridges, Duke has another lottery pick in Marvin Bagley and Oklahoma has none other than Trae Young.

The short answer is because that's how the selection committee completes its bracket, and it stems from a rule change in 2016. The person that you least expect usually ends up winning a bracket challenge.

Only once since 1979 have all four No. 1 seeds made the Final Four.

3/14 - No. 11 Arizona State vs.

The suspense turned to relief for coach Jim Flanery, who believes his 18-12 team most likely earned its NCAA opportunity with its work during the nonconference portion of the schedule and by beating Providence on the road in double-overtime on February 10.

When the Mountain West Conference was added to Division 1 in 1999, the field was expanded from 64 to 65 teams.

The Big 12 finished the regular-season with the nation's top conference RPI, the best non-conference strength of schedule (105-22) and the highest percentage of league members (70 percent) making the NCAA Tournament.

Where do they go from there?

Notre Dame and Louisville didn't make the cut this year. The first game will be #16 seeds, LIU-Brooklyn vs. Radford at 6:40 p.m. ET. with the second game of the tournament immediately following at 9:10 p.m.

From that list of 68, the last four seeds - so Nos.

If any teams were hoping to see a weakness they could exploit in one of the tournament's top seeds, this wasn't the performance to watch. Duke and Michigan State would have to play each other before the Elite Eight so that knocks one of them out.

Michigan State University (29-4, 16-2 Big Ten) has been one of the best teams in the country this season, and the numbers prove it.

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Can you simplify it more?

The Final Four games will require a cable provider or satellite-TV subscription password. "We're excited to host the first two at home against two very good basketball teams".

Not necessarily. Sure, it means a team's tournament starts a day or two earlier and it plays an extra game, but that doesn't always mean it's off to a bad start.

AT&T and Lowe's are also introducing Fast Break, which allows fans to watch the first two days of the tournament along with highlights, commentary, and live look-ins. First, the Ohio State Buckeyes will not make it out of the second round as they will be defeated by South Dakota State.

The victor of the No. 11 seed game will face No. 6 TCU in a Midwest regional on Friday in Omaha, Nebraska.

Who: No. 11 St. Bonaventure (25-7) vs.

The victor of this matchup gets to play the No. 6-seeded Florida Gators in Dallas, TX on Thursday night.

But the Big 12 is seeded to get only Kansas and Texas Tech into the Sweet 16.

Switching to Friday's matchups, the Texas A&M Aggies are 3.5-point betting favorites against the Providence Friars with a 138 total in Charlotte, N.C. Texas A&M is 1-8 ATS in its last nine games as a favorite of 3.5 or less.

On the season, Charleston basketball averages 75.1 points, 33.0 rebounds and 11.4 assists per game.

Midwest Region: No. 12 New Mexico State over No. 5 Clemson.

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