NCAA tournament preview: No. 11 Arizona State

The women's NCAA tournament bracket will be unveiled on Monday (ESPN, 7 p.m. ET).

It will be a return trip to Pittsburgh as the University of Rhode Island opens its second straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament.

From the top seed in the NCAA Tournament - Virginia - to those that barely made it into the bracket - Arizona State and Syracuse - it feels as though everyone involved in March Madness is on the bubble this year.

There were some pretty controversial snubs in this year's NCAA Tournament bracket, and now there's speculation that schools like the University of Southern California and Oklahoma State were left out of the tournament due to their links to a major FBI investigation into corruption in college basketball. I think it's a disgrace, I think it's an embarrassment and it's a humiliation for what this tournament's about.

Kruger will be guiding a team to the NCAA Tournament for the 18th time in his career - the 10th most among active head coaches.

Saint Bonaventure will make its first NCAA Tournament since 2012 after earning its first at-large bid since 2000.

Among the intriguing early matchups is No. 8 seed Creighton and its star, Marcus Foster, against ninth-seeded Kansas State. I mean, I wanted to play in this tournament so bad.

What Rasmussen did not mention, but many observers suspected, was that Oklahoma's inclusion had at least as much to do with its much-hyped guard, Trae Young, as its early season prowess.

Bringing home OU's first Freshman of the Year honor adds to a growing list of national recognitions. OSU won seven games against top-50 teams, including a sweep of Kansas, a win over 3 seed Texas Tech, a win at 5 seed West Virginia and a semi-road win at Florida State.

He's averaging 27.4 points and 8.7 assists over 31 games. Young, expected to be one-and-doner, is a lottery pick.

The Sooners and Rams will face off for the first time in program history.

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  • Valerie Cook