March Madness: Virginia, 'Nova, Kansas, Xavier earn top seeds

Mindy Sparks
March 12, 2018

Hours after winning its 31st Southeastern Conference Tournament title, the University of Kentucky men's basketball extended its national record for most NCAA Tournament appearances to 57 on Sunday, as the team was selected as the No. 5 seed in the South Region.

BC-BKC-NCAA Tournament-East Region, 1st Ld-Writethru, 757Villanova earns top seed in NCAA Tournament East RegionAP Photo MSG124, MSG121Eds: Updates. The Wildcats are a 4-seed in the South Region and will take on 13-seed Buffalo. Nova won the NCAA Tournament in 2016, just its second championship.

"I know he's a heck of a tennis player,"said UVa coach Tony Bennett, who noted that Ryan Odom was also on a coaching staff at Charlotte that included Orlando Vandross, the director of recruiting and player development on Bennett's UVa staff". Just try not to get too carried away.

Bona faces UCLA on Tuesday at approximately 9:10 p.m. I'm leaning toward Nevada here, though, as they've got a pretty impressive offense.

If Virginia can make it through the bracket to reach San Antonio, that would add to what has already been a milestone-filled season. The Bisons - don't forget the s - are making their NCAA debut after beating Florida Gulf Coast to win the Atlantic Sun tournament.

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Arizona repeated as Pac-12 champions with Keanu Pinder playing 9 minutes off the bench, continuing his substitute role for the Wildcats as he looks to end his college career on a high. The second-seeded Bearcats open with 15-seed Georgia State (24-10) on Friday in Nashville, Tennessee.

The full field of 32 teams was announced on Sunday night after the NCAA Tournament's 68 teams were announced. The team didn't necessarily have a "bad" loss all year, but they finished with 91 as its RPI.

Things haven't gone smoothly for the Wildcats.

Rick Pitino was sacked following a shocking FBI investigation into federal fraud and corruption. And on the court, Arizona went from No. 2 in the AP Top 25 to unranked in November after an ugly 0-3 showing in the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament in the Bahamas.

As long as they don't eventually run into Villanova, you've got to like Xavier's chances. St. Mary's was left out despite going 28-5 and beating Gonzaga because, Rasmussen said, it did not have enough quality wins, even as he acknowledged that it is structurally hard for teams outside basketball's six power conferences to schedule top nonleague competition.

The victor of the eighth-seeded Creighton versus ninth-seeded Kansas State game would be a second-round opponent for Virginia if the heavily favored Cavaliers defeat UMBC. It will mark the first meeting ever between the two teams.

The victor of the game will face the North Carolina/Lipscomb victor on Sunday, with a trip to the West Regional in Los Angeles on the line.

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