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"Or the opposite, where the metrics aren't great but when you look at them you say, 'Boy, this is a very good team.' Because of what reasons?"

Teams from the same conference can't meet prior to the regional semifinals if they played each other twice during the season.

Those snubs meant that Oklahoma and Trae Young snuck in despite just two wins since February. "It's a lot different". Get excited. Get ready to make picks.

"With Coach Musselman at the helm, I don't think there's been a better coach, and there sure as hell hasn't been a better team".

"All of them. We've seen everybody", Gill said. "But we're hopeful he can play Thursday and if we are fortunate enough to advance, we're even more optimistic he can play Saturday".

For those are unfamiliar, Selection Sunday is the day the selection committee unveils the 68 teams who will play in the NCAA Tournament.

The jigsaw puzzle known as the NCAA Tournament is starting to come together as conference tournaments conclude.

The Bahamian big man had 32 points and 14 rebounds in a semifinal win over UCLA and knocked the Trojans (23-11) around like bowling pins in the championship game.

While you're busy working your way through your early bracket thoughts, trying to figure out the best Cinderella teams in the field, what top seeds will exit early and who will be headed to the Final Four in San Antonio, CBS and Turner released the full TV schedule for the first round games and First Four games this week. Most metrics have Nebraska not just out of the field, but well out. Especially this year, with the new way teams are being evaluated.

Of those 47 teams, 20 have won at least one game. Quadrant 2 games include those against opponents ranked 31-75 at home, 51-100 on neutral court, and 76-135 on the road.

"The committee's decision to focus on, for example, Q1 or Q2 wins, or Quadrant 4 losses, is a direct result of its desire to place greater emphasis on winning away from home, and to demonstrate how hard it is to earn those wins", Gavitt said. ASU is unranked with a 8-11 record in conference games.

For most of the season, a majority of projections had Michigan State, Purdue, Ohio State and Michigan as locks to make the tournament.

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. That doesn't include Baylor and Oklahoma State, which are two of Lunardi's first four out.

CAA: Third-seeded Elon held off a late comeback by top-seeded Drexel to pull out a 57-45 win and capture the Colonial Athletic Association tournament championship in front of a near-sellout crowd in Philadelphia.

Notre Dame, which played 15 games without star Bonzie Colson and five without lead guard Matt Farrell because of injuries, made somewhat of a case by winning two games in the ACC Tournament. There are too many examples like this to list.