Bridges did stress that the Wildcats should be battle tested, since three of their last six games reached overtime - with the "Cats winning two of the three".
Providence is a program with a rich NCAA Tournament history, making Final Four appearances in 1973 and 1987.
The Hokies (21-11) earned the No. 8 seed in the East Region and will play ninth-seeded Alabama at 9:20 p.m. on Thursday in Pittsburgh. No. 10 Oklahoma. Guard play is the key to any tournament and the Sooners have it. Trae Young is not a one-man team, but he can set the table for others.
SECOND ROUND: Kansas, New Mexico State, Michigan State, Duke. Before that, Self went to the NCAA twice with Tulsa and three times with IL. The second-seeded Bearcats open with 15-seed Georgia State (24-10) on Friday in Nashville, Tennessee. Kansas (27-7) also has a short trip for the opening weekend, staying in the Sunflower State to play Penn on Thursday in Wichita, Kansas. Yet they have not made the Final Four since the tournament expanded to 64 teams in 1985, and their last national semifinal came in 1984, when they were knocked off by a Houston team led by the star center Hakeem Olajuwon.
The Sun Devils began the season going a flawless 12-0 through the non-conference slate, a stretch that set a program record, and included victories over NCAA Tournament No. 1 seeds Xavier (on a neutral court) and Kansas (on the road at Allen Fieldhouse). Now that you're fully equipped with the March Madness knowledge you need this season, go fill out a bracket and enjoy the tournament!
Cincinnati (3-4) also has a stifling defense and won the American Athletic Conference title. But there was so much more that met the eye to the Wildcats' performance down the stretch of that game, as there is more than meets the eye in general with the best team in America.
Reed leads the team with 1.7 steals per game, which ranks second in the ACC.
The conference best known for cranking out national champions in football landed a league-record eight teams in the NCAA Tournament on Sunday. The SEC sent eight teams and the Big 12 sent seven. They've also won 14 of their past 15 games. Ray Hagley, the team physician who was on the plane with his wife.
"I told our players that everyone can play if they're in there", Virginia coach Tony Bennett said. "Just can't wait to get on the practice court and be around my guys". Is Cincinnati the best team nobody is talking about? No. 11 San Diego State (22-10). This year, the process will be different with all the teams being announced followed by the seeding of those schools in the four respective regions. Two of the Bruins top three scorers were taken in the NBA Draft - Lonzo Ball and T.J. Leaf - while the third, Bryce Alford, graduated.
POTENTIAL UPSETS: The West Region has three games that will be popular upset picks. The Regionals, or Sweet 16 and Elite 8, take place on March 22-25 and they all lead up to the Final Four in San Antonio, Texas on March 31st and the Championship Game takes place on April. 2.
FIRST ROUND: Villanova, Virginia Tech, West Virginia, Wichita State, St. Bonaventure (yes, saying the Bonnies will beat UCLA and then Florida), Texas Tech, Butler, Purdue.