Conspiracy theory about the biggest NCAA Tournament snubs

No. 1 seed Kansas No. 2 Duke on collision course in Midwest

Boise landed about as strong of a field as possible for this week's NCAA Tournament games at Taco Bell Arena.

Announcers: In-studio hosts Ernie Johnson and Greg Gumbel will be joined by college basketball analysts Clark Kellogg, Charles Barkley, Seth Davis and Kenny Smith in Atlanta. The one win in those four games was earned by beating Duke. But before jumping too far ahead, the Wildcats will wait to see who comes out of the play-in game between LIU Brooklyn and Radford as the victor. And on the court, Arizona went from No. 2 in the AP Top 25 to unranked in November after an ugly 0-3 showing in the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament in the Bahamas.

The No. 1 seeds for the NCAA Tournament are Virginia, Villanova, Kansas and Xavier with the top-ranked Cavaliers getting preferential seeding in the South Region. "But the perseverance that they've showed this year and especially over the last 48, 72 hours. we've played ourselves hopefully (into) the tournament".

So could the Atlantic 10 championship, if Davidson knocks off Rhode Island to steal a bid.

During Selection Sunday, it was announced No. 16 UMBC will face off against No. 1 Virginia in the first round in Charlotte Friday.

ESPN's Joe Lunardi has Oklahoma in the NCAA tournament as a No. 9 seed in his latest bracketology update, though that doesn't factor in Wednesday's loss.

Thirty-two of the teams in the field will have already clinched spots through conference tournament championships.

"I wouldn't say pressure is the word", leading scorer Kyle Guy said after Saturday night's win against North Carolina in the ACC Tournament title game.

Even though the Hokies are a very balanced squad, Robinson is the engine that makes the whole team go. Sunday could topple that mark, with Arizona State, Alabama, Oklahoma, Texas, Oklahoma State, Baylor, Notre Dame and Syracuse on the proverbial bubble. The Wildcats also have multi-talented freshman big man Deandre Ayton, who had two monster games in the Pac-12 Tournament.

One team should have a stress-free Sunday.

Creighton beat Villanova two weeks ago. That would place them against UCLA who is highest 11 seed.

Under Tony Bennett, Virginia has advanced past the first weekend of the NCAA tourney only twice in five appearances.

No. 5 seeds frequently lose to No. 12 seeds in the first round. And not only was it good enough for a bid, it was good enough for a No. 10 seed.

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