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However, that is not to say that it is impossible to make smart picks and discover trends that could put you ahead of the crowd. It's a pretty lame expression. And if you need help finding truTV? It never comes up. Yet, after Selection Sunday announced the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball tournament bracket on March 12, it was surprising to see which teams were snubbed from the event.

The victor of Mount Saint Mary's and New Orleans gets the honor of facing off against the #1 seeded Villanova Wildcats in a game set to air on CBS. The NCAAs are a macro world, though. Once those games have concluded, the field of 64 will then, of course, bet set.

And next? Possibly UCLA, which beat the Wildcats at Rupp Arena in December and is 29-4.

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Gonzaga performed historically well against the spread despite rarely ever coming into a game as less than a 10-point favorite . With the forced change of plans, the Wolverines flew out Thursday to Washington, arriving shortly before their game against IL .


The Wildcats have the guard play, the experience and will likely have a very easy travel schedule in the east region.

Buffalo is one of eight first- and second-round NCAA sites for the sixth time in the past 18 years. Three of the most explosive, exciting offensive teams in the college basketball are the top three seeds in this region, which should make it fun to watch as it unfolds.

There were some seeding issues. In 1985, Villanova was an eighth seed, in 2009 it was a three seed and a year ago it was a two seed.

No. 8 and No. 9 seeds are 17-111 all-time against No. 1 seeds in the second round. There were three spots between UW and Minnesota, whom the Badgers swept, and only one between UW and Michigan State, which finished 19-14.

"Monmouth was not on the "under consideration list" (for an at-large bid) at all", Hollis said.

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"You have injury, you have illness, that's part of going through a long season", McIntosh said. That is because it's hard to win a Tournament pool if your entry is vastly similar to other entries.

CBS will cover the Sweet 16 matchups on Thursday. and Fri., March 23-24, and also cover the Elite 8 games on Sun., March 26 starting at 2 p.m. "There's so many people there", said Williams.

On Saturday, Villanova cut down the nets at Madison Square after beating Creighton in the final of the Big East Tournament. Collins, himself a former point guard at Duke, got the Wildcats to the NCAA tournament promised land by building a team whose success hinges on No. 30's play. The Bulldogs have lost two in a row, though, and they'll have a tough time with Winthrop, the Big South champs who can sling it from 3-point land. Kentucky squeezed through the region and reached the NCAA title game.

Villanova is No. 1 in the RPI rankings and No. 2 in KenPom rankings.

- STILL NO. 1s: Kansas (28-4) and North Carolina (27-7) kept their expected No. 1 seeds after losses in their conference tournaments. Like his father Rick at Louisville, Richard Pitino has led his team to 24 wins so far this season. So, if you live in ACC Country, avoid picking teams like North Carolina and Louisville. We're going to be fine.

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The way the Bruins having been playing lately, though, they are clear favorites to advance to the semifinals to face the Wildcats. Travis worked in tandem nicely with Humphrey, as Humphrey added 18 points and the two big men combined for 18 rebounds.


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