It's never that easy, but that's what I think will happen.
The Seminoles made the tournament last season and advanced to the second round before being ousted by Xavier. "Experience helps, but being ready to play that night is the most important thing".
"Murray State was the first team to secure its bid to the Big Dance by winning the Ohio Valley Tournament, and MI was the first team from a major conference to lock up a spot by defeating Purdue in the Big Ten Tournament Championship".
Purdue earned a No. 2 seed in the East Regional, the best seed the Boilermakers have earned since Gene Keady's 1998 team, which was also seeded second.
Blueitt's return was a huge boon to the Musketeers. Next up for the Musketeers, provided they take care of business in their opener, would be either 8-seed Missouri or 9-seed Florida State.
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The Big 12 thought the league would get nine teams in as well but wound up with seven with Baylor among the first four teams out.
Third-seeded MI (28-7), victor of 10 straight games, is the likely Sweet Sixteen matchup in what would be a rematch of a game Carolina won in Chapel Hill on November 29. However, it is hard to deny that the Tar Heels are a very good, well rounded club.
OSU, though, will play in the NIT for the first since 2011, missing the NCAA Tournament for the second time in three years. The Crimson Tide earned an NCAA Tournament bid with stellar wins against stiff competition. UCLA finished in a three-way tie for third in the Pac-12, but dropped to the fourth-seed in the conference after losing a tiebreaker to Utah. UB qualified for the tournament by winning the Mid-American Conference tournament on Saturday while Bonaventure received an at-large bid. The Aggies (20-12) have been inconsistent this season, matching the program's highest ranking by reaching No. 5 in the AP Top 25 before going 9-9 through the SEC.
"Clemson-New Mexico State is a fabulous game". If the Jayhawks get through the opening weekend in Wichita, they would head to Omaha for the Sweet 16, another short drive for the faithful and a site where the Jayhawks have been successful in the past.
Virginia (31-2) opens against UMBC in Charlotte on Thursday. However, the team lost to BYU, 85-72, in the semifinals of the West Coast Conference tournament.
Expect to see a few Zags fans in Boise. Before Curry's run, the Wildcats hadn't won a game in the Big Dance since 1969, and they've not won one in three appearances since (2012, 2013, 2015).