Purdue, Butler officially headed to NCAA Tournament

Marsha Scott
March 12, 2018

It's not just about the raw number of losses the Sooners have but the way they stumbled down the stretch, losing 11 of their last 15 games.

There's some fun potential matchups awaiting Virginia, should the Cavaliers advance out of Charlotte and on to Atlanta for the Sweet 16 and Elite Eight.

"I told our players, everybody can play if they're in there", Bennett said. I'm just not sure the Selection Show has as much appeal to the casual fan as it did years ago.

Bucknell is unsafe because it's led by a trio of seniors who average a combined 50.6 points per game.

Another accurate day from the arc for the Wildcats could burst the hopes of bubble teams across the country.

The Bruins had such noteable wins against SEC Tournament victor Kentucky, a regular season win against Pac-12 Champion Arizona in Tucson and swept USC.

Arizona made it as an automatic bid for winning the Pac-12.

Calipari also cautioned against taking the SEC lightly a year after SC was one of the biggest surprises of the tournament.

Before we even look at Creighton and Kansas State, take a gander at UMBC. Davidson is the school that produced Steph Curry.

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The 5th seeded West Virginia Mountaineers (24-10) will see the 12th seeded Murray State Racers (26-5) during the second round of the NCAA Tournament in San Diego, California on Friday.

Duke (26-7) has one of the nation's most talented rosters, led by senior guard Grayson Allen and dynamic freshman big man Marvin Bagley Jr.

Ohio State finished as second in the Big Ten this season.

However, under Self, the Jayhawks have also lost in the tourney to Bucknell, Bradley, Northern Iowa, VCU and Wichita State. The Tigers would play the victor of Wichita State and Murray State. Auburn wound up seeded No. 4 in the Midwest Region.

If you can't watch on TBS, you can stream the Selection Show at NCAA.com/march-madness-live. Nevada won exactly one game against an at-large qualifier, beating Rhode Island at home on November 13.

The Crimson Tide opens the tournament on Thursday in Pittsburgh against Virginia Tech.

THE ODDS: Virginia is the top overall seed, but Villanova is the favorite to win the national title.

The Wildcats are listed at 25-to-1 to win the tournament at VegasInsiders.com.

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