Alabama Basketball: Tide in 'Big Dance' with record number of SEC teams


Davidson (20-11, 74 RPI) is no lock if it loses. This is a team that was projected to finish dead last in the conference.

Wright, who became Villanova's career wins lead in the Big East Tournament, has the Wildcats rolling behind their B-listers: Big East player of the year Jalen Brunson, all-Big East pick Mikal Bridges and national title game leading scorer Phil Booth. Those two are averaging 12.6 points per game each, while Joshua Langford is scoring 11.7 points per night.

The Tigers now have a 23-9 record and an RPI of No. 10.

Among the intriguing early matchups is No. 8 seed Creighton and its star, Marcus Foster, against ninth-seeded Kansas State. The Big 12 is one of the strongest conferences in the country this season.

Villanova will face the victor of LIU-Brooklyn-Radford First Four game. Top-seeded and No. 25 Rhode Island looked like a lock to get into the field of 68 no matter what happened Sunday.

Alabama: A 23-point loss to Kentucky in the SEC semifinals in St. Louis on Saturday isn't the ideal lasting impression to leave on the NCAA selection committee.

The Hokies don't have a great NCAA Tournament history, last making the Sweet 16 in 1967 (they made it as far as the Elite Eight). They have accumulated a 16-15 all-time record in the tournament, including 4-5 under Hamilton.

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The victor of No. 7 Texas A&M (20-12) and No. 10 Providence (21-13) awaits in a potential second-round matchup for UNC, which was sent to Charlotte instead of Duke.

As sports fans continue to consume information differently, ratings for Selection Sunday have declined over the last two years. They have such notable wins against Maryland and Syracuse.

"We just have a lot more to prove", sophomore guard Kyle Guy said.

"I don't think it's just going to be a little blip on the radar", said John Tauer, the coach at St. Thomas in Minnesota, who doubles as a social psychology professor. "Those guys deserve let's pray that we do".

That means bubble teams such as Louisville, Arizona State, Syracuse and Saint Mary's won't have quite as long to find out whether they are in or out of the field of 68.

Big Ten teams: Remember Nebraska and Penn State? The selection committee later said that Notre Dame was the first team out.