Business as usual? Not really in this year's NCAA Tournament

Business as usual? Not really in this year's NCAA Tournament

League regular-season and tournament champion Virginia is the overall No. 1 seed. The Hokies are a No. 8 seed, and they'll face No. 9 seed Alabama in Pittsburgh on Thursday night at approximately 9:20pm.

What: Four play-in games to determine the official 64-team bracket for the 2018 NCAA Division-1 Men's Basketball Tournament, followed by 32 Round of 64 games.

"I honestly didn't hear", Bluiett said. "It's just a blessing to be in this position". "You dream about being a team that gets to the tournament, but now that it's actually happened..." The Friars are playing some of their best basketball of the season, getting wins over Creighton and Xavier in the Big East Tournament. "We're very, very optimistic we'll have him this weekend". The Tigers won three tournament games under head coach Bill Foster and reached the Elite Eight of the tournament before losing to UCLA. "It's different than the Dukes and the UNCs, where they're routinely in the NCAA tournament".

"I think we are heading into the tournament with a lot of confidence", Jans said.

The stunning collapse marked Virginia Tech's first one-and-out shwoing in the ACC tournament since 2014, but the Hokies had plenty of reason not to fret about their NCAA tournament fortunes, thanks to a résumé that included a handful of notable victories.

"They're riding high, while we're kind of riding low", said redshirt-senior guard Devin Wilson, who will play in his hometown on Thursday.

Calipari also cautioned against taking the SEC lightly a year after SC was one of the biggest surprises of the tournament. "Everyone's been itching to get back out there". Four Bruins average in double digits: Holiday (20.3), Kris Wilkes (13.8), Thomas Welsh (13) and Jaylen Hands (10.1).

Duke beat Wisconsin for the 2015 championship, the only other title game matchup of No. 1 seeds since the Jayhawks' overtime win over Memphis in 2008.

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

NMSU punched their ticket to the dance with a 72-58 win over Grand Canyon in the WAC Tournament championship game.

"That's what you come to Virginia Tech for". In each of those defeats, the Hokies wasted double-digit leads. The last time the Aggies were a No. 12 seed was in 2010, when they narrowly lost to Michigan State 70-67.

The Bulls rolled through the Mid-American Conference this year and had close losses against several NCAA Tournament teams, including Cincinnati, South Dakota State, St. Bonaventure and Syracuse. (Good luck with that.) A university investigation quickly cleared Miles Bridges, who was named in the Yahoo report, but Izzo has been dogged by questions about mishandling cases involving players accused of sexual assault and violence against women after an in-depth ESPN Outside the Lines report. "I had to ask my guys, 'How many of you know what state Boise is in?'" coach John Calipari said, as part of an entertaining riff during an ESPN interview about the long trip his team faces.

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