Published: Mon, March 12, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

State's Big 12 Men's Teams on the Bubble

State's Big 12 Men's Teams on the Bubble

Oklahoma State is another NCAA tournament bubble team that Lunardi had among his "First Four Out", so this win is huge for its resume. This blog is exclusively devoted to performances over this week at Madison Square Garden. Even though the Sooners had lost six of eight at that point, they were still the No. 16 overall seed, based mostly on the strength of their six Q1 victories. Heck, the National Basketball Association has taken steps to cut back on the number of back-to-back games.

Michigan State only has two quadrant one wins in six chances, which shows how much the Big Ten struggled as a conference this year. They needed to show in this tournament they were real and deserving.

"We've been talking about it for three years", Craig Berry, executive vice president and chief content officer for Turner Sports, said during a media event with network executives and announcers.

"I told our players, everybody can play if they're in there", Bennett said.

The madness that is the NCAA men's basketball tournament is set to tip off next week. The Wildcats will face 8th-seeded Creighton on Friday.

Louisville went 20-13 and 9-9 in the ACC. Bullock hasn't been spectacular all season, never providing a game changing scoring or rebounding threat. And why did The Big Dance, specifically, stick? They also played a 2009 Final Four game in Detroit, then two 2013 opening weekend games in Auburn Hills. Ponds struggled in what should be the Johnnies last game of the season. It has a 3-3 record in Quadrant 2 contests, and its only loss in either Quadrant 3 or 4 was at Iowa State, which is eight spots away from qualifying as a Quadrant 2 game. You know everyone's watching, it has a different feel to it. He tied it with a deep 3 with 1:01 to go, setting up his final shot.

The Orange, according to NCAA Selection Committee Chair Bruce Rasmussen, were the last team into the tournament field. When you play top 25 teams, you rack up losses. In this case, it's Xavier. Not so for regular-season champions such as Florida Gulf Coast (Atlantic Sun), UNC Asheville (Big South), Northern Kentucky (Horizon) and Wagner (Northeast). Beating them will be extremely tough in the tourney. This is commendable. One can always appreciate and should always honor superstitious behavior, the more ridiculous, the better. The one everyone wanted and was the most popular. As many as 12 additional higher-ranked teams could also grab automatic bids, which means leaving OU out could become a math problem. Once the teams are revealed the brackets will be shown.

"Why are they on the bubble?" said West Virginia coach Bob Huggins.

Officially, the selection committee considers the entire body of work when seeding teams, but if a team shows clear improvement, recent results can carry more weight.

Financially speaking, it makes ideal sense. The biggest for those who have watched it for decades on CBS/WFMY News 2, it won't be there this year.

Numerous teams already know that they're in thanks to winning conference tournaments. They have postseason experience, find ways to win, and can have anyone in their starting lineup aside from star Kelan Martin go off to score enough to win.

"If I'm a fan of the tournament, I'm going to watch it everywhere I can, and it just depends on what suits me at the time and where I am", said Hania Poole, vice president and general manager of NCAA Digital.

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Alabama is going dancing again. "People just want to start filling out brackets". Irish fans won't be watching just to see where they will be seeded, and ultimately be disappointed at the result.

The NCAA nearly got it ideal. Saying the Pirates are not playing well right now may be an understatement.

It is far from clear how many teams will ultimately be touched by the federal investigation into corruption in recruiting. Their dancing skills aren't looking too sharp.

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