March 23, 2018

Creighton makes NCAA tournament; Huskers don't

12 March 2018, 07:37 | Lucia Cruz

Baseline shot

Baseline shot

Florida was slotted in the East region, with Villanova as the top seed.

The Gators are 42-16 all-time in NCAA Tournament history and have advanced to the Elite Eight in five consecutive appearances (2011-14, '17), including White's first appearance with the Gators last season. One came in 2016, when the Wildcats won the national championship.

That final stretch is a fitting encapsulation of this Gators team and season. Villanova was a No. 1 a year ago and has consistently been a high seed under coach Jay Wright. In the last reveal on February 19, UConn, Mississippi State, Louisville and Notre Dame were projected as No. 1 seeds.

Vols fans had been hoping their impressive season would get them assigned to Nashville, about a three-hour drive from their Knoxville campus. They have lost four of their last six games, including an 81-63 loss to rival Alabama in the SEC Tournament quarterfinals on Friday - their worst defeat this season. "I don't see one consistent issue. I want them to enjoy it", Odom said. I did try and find some consistencies.

Michigan State is staying home as the No. 3 seed in the Midwest Region, where the Spartans will open against 14th-seeded Bucknell at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit. Kansas State has two wins over Texas, two wins over TCU and a win over Baylor this season. At 17-16, SC never had a shot to make it. "Just doing so well", said Kayla Markley. "We have never been to Wichita and look forward to doing that". 9 seed in the East Region.

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In the 4-13 matchup, it's Marshall. One of the teams going to Nashville instead is Texas, which got the No. 10 seed in the South. Shortly after that, a commission led by former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is expected to deliver recommendations from an investigation triggered by an FBI probe that led to charges last fall against assistant coaches, agents, employees of apparel companies and others. Young men from 68 teams enter the field, and only one will go home as a victor.

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The bracket for March Madness was revealed Sunday, and that means it's time to celebrate. Purdue won 19 straight games and seemed poised to win the Big Ten until a 3-game losing streak. Highly touted freshman Michael Porter Jr. played only two minutes in the team's season-opening victory over the Iowa State Cyclones before suffering a back injury. They lost to Kentucky 93-86 in December.

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While UA's win over USC on Saturday didn't appear to help the Wildcats much, it blocked the Trojans from making the NCAA Tournament field. Syracuse was 5-5; Alabama was 4-6.

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