Michigan State basketball robbed of a 2-seed in 2018 NCAA Tournament
- Author: Steve Townsend Mar 12, 2018,
Mar 12, 2018, 6:55
CBS and Turner Sports have partnered on the tournament since 2011, but this is the first time the selection show will be on the cable-only network. Expanded to two hours, the show slow-played the reveal of the bracket - an attempt to manufacture drama and justify the longer show - but was greeted by loud complaints from viewers.
Miles Bridges leads Michigan State with an average of 16.9 points per game, and he gets plenty of support from Nick Ward and Cassius Winston.
It should be an eventual show, and that's not just because of the unnecessary changes being made, like announcing the teams before the pairings and extending the show to two hours.
There will also be teams shifting into those at-large spots throughout the week as more upsets happen, so the Sooners are going to be sweating things out on Selection Sunday. Coverage begins Sunday evening at 6 p.m. ET (9 p.m. PT). Quadrant 1 games include contests against opponents ranked in the RPI top 30 at home, top 50 on neutral court and top 75 on the road.
The Bearcats do have some quality offensive players but no one who is capable of carrying the team against high-level competition.
"Clearly the Bonzie Colson situation is unique from my five years on the committee", Rasmussen said Wednesday on a media call. Its best win is over Western Kentucky.
No. 8 Oklahoma State def.
The Sun Devils (20-11) tied for eighth in the Pacific 12 Conference at 8-10. This is a team that was projected to finish dead last in the conference.
"I think we're good enough", said Baylor senior guard Manu Lecomte following Thursday's 78-65 loss to West Virginia in the Big 12 tournament quarterfinals. "Who are we playing against?' It's just a different way of looking at it". Cameron Lard's basket in the closing stretch cut the lead to 66-64, but Matt Coleman's jumper for Texas marked the only two points in the final minute of the game, as the Cyclones failed to take advantage of a missed free throw and turnover from the victors. "I think every committee member looks at it a little bit differently".
The Bonnies (25-7) finished second in the Atlantic 10 and lost in the semifinals of the conference tournament.
The record for such inclusions is three, in 1991 with Virginia, Villanova and Georgia Tech. Notre Dame, USC, Baylor, Louisville and Oklahoma State were all left out of the tournament. I believe Duke and UNC are locks, but it will be between Cincinnati (if they beat Houston), Purdue, Michigan, and Arizona for the other two #2 seeds.
There are always sleepers, mid-major surprises, and bubble teams that sneak in and go from the First Four to possibly the Final Four.
One team should have a stress-free Sunday.
Such are the perks of a remarkable season.