Maac Tournament

18 Mar 19
Waldo's Hoops Hotbed

Image from NY Post The wait is over. Selection Sunday has come and gone, and you’re ether elated or deflated about your team’s fate. However, I’m not here to elaborate on who did or didn’t make it. I’m here to preview all the first round games (including the First Four) and tell you who’s moving […]

18 Mar 19
Update News Portal

0 of 68 Duke’s Zion WilliamsonChuck Burton/Associated Press Selection Sunday has finally arrived, and with it the 2019 NCAA men’s basketball tournament field has been set. After months of arguing about NCAA Evaluation Tool (NET) rankings, KenPom.com ratings, quadrant-based records, strengths of schedule and the like, none of that junk matters anymore. There will, of […]

18 Mar 19
Ride The Pine Sports

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18 Mar 19
Press Telegram
North Carolina was the third team from the ACC to receive a No. 1 seed, following Duke and Virginia. Its selection is slightly more controversial. The two best wins on the Tar Heels’ resume came against the Blue Devils when they were without their best player. In both instances, their archrivals did not have their star freshman Zion Williamson on the floor. Williamson suffered a mild knee sprain in the early minutes during their first meeting in late February when his shoe split and later was out for the second matchup in Chapel Hill. When he returned for their third game in the ACC tournament last week, Duke prevailed. This region is filled with other blue-blood programs, including Kentucky and Kansas, making for a competitive side of the bracket. A No. 4 seed is the lowest for the Jayhawks since 2006. The seeding was not a sudden surprise. They had suffered various setbacks during the season as their run of 14 consecutive Big 12 regular-season championships ended.[related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-section”] Washington, which won the Pac-12 regular-season championship, was seeded ninth, knocked due to the strength of the conference. It was the only Pac-12 team in the top-50 of the NET rankings used by the selection committee. Other major conferences such as the ACC and Big Ten had nine and eight teams ranked in the top-50. FAVORITE: North Carolina It’s unlikely a No. 1 seed will have a more challenging path to the Final Four than the Tar Heels, but they do have experience getting there. Senior Luke Maye was on both the 2017 national championship team and 2016 national runner-up. SLEEPER: Iowa State The sixth-seeded Cyclones are ranked 16th in statistician Ken Pomeroy’s rankings, just one spot lower than Houston, the third seed that represents their major roadblock to the regional semifinal. They also have a senior point guard with Nick Weiler-Babb, a key for any run in the tournament. UPSET ALERT: Seton Hall over Wofford The Pirates are clicking at the right time, beating Marquette and Villanova to end the regular season and nearly winning the Big East tournament. They reach the second round for the second straight season. BRACKET BREAKDOWN The bracket is headlined by North Carolina, Kentucky and Kansas, but the teams with momentum might be Auburn and Iowa State. The Tigers won the SEC tournament and the Cyclones won the Big 12 tournament, making for the deep set of teams. THE MATCHUPS 1. North Carolina (27-6): at-large, ACC 16. Iona (17-15): automatic, MAAC   8. Utah State (28-6): automatic, Mountain West 9. Washington (26-8): at-large, Pac-12   5. Auburn (26-9): automatic, SEC 12. New Mexico State (30-4): automatic, WAC   4. Kansas (25-9): at-large, Big 12 13. Northeastern (23-10): automatic, CAA   6. Iowa State (23-11): automatic, Big 12 11. Ohio State (19-14): at-large, Big Ten   3. Houston (31-3): at-large, American 14. Georgia State (23-9): automatic, Sun Belt   7. Wofford (29-4): automatic, Southern 10. Seton Hall (20-13): at-large, Big East   2. Kentucky (27-6): at-large, SEC 15. Abilene Christian (27-6): automatic, Southland   BY THE NUMBERS 3 – Number of teams in the region to win an NCAA championship in the previous 11 seasons. 1984 – The last time Houston was seeded as high, a season in which it reached the national title game. FAB FIVE Cameron Jackson, Wofford, guard, 14.6 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 2.7 apg, 1.5 spg, 1.0 bpg Cameron Johnson, North Carolina, guard, 16.9 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.2 spg Keldon Johnson, Kentucky, guard, 13.5 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 1.6 apg Dedric Lawson, Kansas, forward, 19.1 ppg, 10.3 rpg, 1.3 spg, 1.1 bpg Matisse Thybulle, Washington, guard, 9.3 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 3.4 spg, 2.2 bpg
18 Mar 19
Daily News
North Carolina was the third team from the ACC to receive a No. 1 seed, following Duke and Virginia. Its selection is slightly more controversial. The two best wins on the Tar Heels’ resume came against the Blue Devils when they were without their best player. In both instances, their archrivals did not have their star freshman Zion Williamson on the floor. Williamson suffered a mild knee sprain in the early minutes during their first meeting in late February when his shoe split and later was out for the second matchup in Chapel Hill. When he returned for their third game in the ACC tournament last week, Duke prevailed. This region is filled with other blue-blood programs, including Kentucky and Kansas, making for a competitive side of the bracket. A No. 4 seed is the lowest for the Jayhawks since 2006. The seeding was not a sudden surprise. They had suffered various setbacks during the season as their run of 14 consecutive Big 12 regular-season championships ended.[related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-section”] Washington, which won the Pac-12 regular-season championship, was seeded ninth, knocked due to the strength of the conference. It was the only Pac-12 team in the top-50 of the NET rankings used by the selection committee. Other major conferences such as the ACC and Big Ten had nine and eight teams ranked in the top-50. FAVORITE: North Carolina It’s unlikely a No. 1 seed will have a more challenging path to the Final Four than the Tar Heels, but they do have experience getting there. Senior Luke Maye was on both the 2017 national championship team and 2016 national runner-up. SLEEPER: Iowa State The sixth-seeded Cyclones are ranked 16th in statistician Ken Pomeroy’s rankings, just one spot lower than Houston, the third seed that represents their major roadblock to the regional semifinal. They also have a senior point guard with Nick Weiler-Babb, a key for any run in the tournament. UPSET ALERT: Seton Hall over Wofford The Pirates are clicking at the right time, beating Marquette and Villanova to end the regular season and nearly winning the Big East tournament. They reach the second round for the second straight season. BRACKET BREAKDOWN The bracket is headlined by North Carolina, Kentucky and Kansas, but the teams with momentum might be Auburn and Iowa State. The Tigers won the SEC tournament and the Cyclones won the Big 12 tournament, making for the deep set of teams. THE MATCHUPS 1. North Carolina (27-6): at-large, ACC 16. Iona (17-15): automatic, MAAC   8. Utah State (28-6): automatic, Mountain West 9. Washington (26-8): at-large, Pac-12   5. Auburn (26-9): automatic, SEC 12. New Mexico State (30-4): automatic, WAC   4. Kansas (25-9): at-large, Big 12 13. Northeastern (23-10): automatic, CAA   6. Iowa State (23-11): automatic, Big 12 11. Ohio State (19-14): at-large, Big Ten   3. Houston (31-3): at-large, American 14. Georgia State (23-9): automatic, Sun Belt   7. Wofford (29-4): automatic, Southern 10. Seton Hall (20-13): at-large, Big East   2. Kentucky (27-6): at-large, SEC 15. Abilene Christian (27-6): automatic, Southland   BY THE NUMBERS 3 – Number of teams in the region to win an NCAA championship in the previous 11 seasons. 1984 – The last time Houston was seeded as high, a season in which it reached the national title game. FAB FIVE Cameron Jackson, Wofford, guard, 14.6 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 2.7 apg, 1.5 spg, 1.0 bpg Cameron Johnson, North Carolina, guard, 16.9 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.2 spg Keldon Johnson, Kentucky, guard, 13.5 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 1.6 apg Dedric Lawson, Kansas, forward, 19.1 ppg, 10.3 rpg, 1.3 spg, 1.1 bpg Matisse Thybulle, Washington, guard, 9.3 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 3.4 spg, 2.2 bpg
18 Mar 19
Pasadena Star News
North Carolina was the third team from the ACC to receive a No. 1 seed, following Duke and Virginia. Its selection is slightly more controversial. The two best wins on the Tar Heels’ resume came against the Blue Devils when they were without their best player. In both instances, their archrivals did not have their star freshman Zion Williamson on the floor. Williamson suffered a mild knee sprain in the early minutes during their first meeting in late February when his shoe split and later was out for the second matchup in Chapel Hill. When he returned for their third game in the ACC tournament last week, Duke prevailed. This region is filled with other blue-blood programs, including Kentucky and Kansas, making for a competitive side of the bracket. A No. 4 seed is the lowest for the Jayhawks since 2006. The seeding was not a sudden surprise. They had suffered various setbacks during the season as their run of 14 consecutive Big 12 regular-season championships ended.[related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-section”] Washington, which won the Pac-12 regular-season championship, was seeded ninth, knocked due to the strength of the conference. It was the only Pac-12 team in the top-50 of the NET rankings used by the selection committee. Other major conferences such as the ACC and Big Ten had nine and eight teams ranked in the top-50. FAVORITE: North Carolina It’s unlikely a No. 1 seed will have a more challenging path to the Final Four than the Tar Heels, but they do have experience getting there. Senior Luke Maye was on both the 2017 national championship team and 2016 national runner-up. SLEEPER: Iowa State The sixth-seeded Cyclones are ranked 16th in statistician Ken Pomeroy’s rankings, just one spot lower than Houston, the third seed that represents their major roadblock to the regional semifinal. They also have a senior point guard with Nick Weiler-Babb, a key for any run in the tournament. UPSET ALERT: Seton Hall over Wofford The Pirates are clicking at the right time, beating Marquette and Villanova to end the regular season and nearly winning the Big East tournament. They reach the second round for the second straight season. BRACKET BREAKDOWN The bracket is headlined by North Carolina, Kentucky and Kansas, but the teams with momentum might be Auburn and Iowa State. The Tigers won the SEC tournament and the Cyclones won the Big 12 tournament, making for the deep set of teams. THE MATCHUPS 1. North Carolina (27-6): at-large, ACC 16. Iona (17-15): automatic, MAAC   8. Utah State (28-6): automatic, Mountain West 9. Washington (26-8): at-large, Pac-12   5. Auburn (26-9): automatic, SEC 12. New Mexico State (30-4): automatic, WAC   4. Kansas (25-9): at-large, Big 12 13. Northeastern (23-10): automatic, CAA   6. Iowa State (23-11): automatic, Big 12 11. Ohio State (19-14): at-large, Big Ten   3. Houston (31-3): at-large, American 14. Georgia State (23-9): automatic, Sun Belt   7. Wofford (29-4): automatic, Southern 10. Seton Hall (20-13): at-large, Big East   2. Kentucky (27-6): at-large, SEC 15. Abilene Christian (27-6): automatic, Southland   BY THE NUMBERS 3 – Number of teams in the region to win an NCAA championship in the previous 11 seasons. 1984 – The last time Houston was seeded as high, a season in which it reached the national title game. FAB FIVE Cameron Jackson, Wofford, guard, 14.6 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 2.7 apg, 1.5 spg, 1.0 bpg Cameron Johnson, North Carolina, guard, 16.9 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.2 spg Keldon Johnson, Kentucky, guard, 13.5 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 1.6 apg Dedric Lawson, Kansas, forward, 19.1 ppg, 10.3 rpg, 1.3 spg, 1.1 bpg Matisse Thybulle, Washington, guard, 9.3 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 3.4 spg, 2.2 bpg
18 Mar 19
Daily Breeze
North Carolina was the third team from the ACC to receive a No. 1 seed, following Duke and Virginia. Its selection is slightly more controversial. The two best wins on the Tar Heels’ resume came against the Blue Devils when they were without their best player. In both instances, their archrivals did not have their star freshman Zion Williamson on the floor. Williamson suffered a mild knee sprain in the early minutes during their first meeting in late February when his shoe split and later was out for the second matchup in Chapel Hill. When he returned for their third game in the ACC tournament last week, Duke prevailed. This region is filled with other blue-blood programs, including Kentucky and Kansas, making for a competitive side of the bracket. A No. 4 seed is the lowest for the Jayhawks since 2006. The seeding was not a sudden surprise. They had suffered various setbacks during the season as their run of 14 consecutive Big 12 regular-season championships ended.[related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-section”] Washington, which won the Pac-12 regular-season championship, was seeded ninth, knocked due to the strength of the conference. It was the only Pac-12 team in the top-50 of the NET rankings used by the selection committee. Other major conferences such as the ACC and Big Ten had nine and eight teams ranked in the top-50. FAVORITE: North Carolina It’s unlikely a No. 1 seed will have a more challenging path to the Final Four than the Tar Heels, but they do have experience getting there. Senior Luke Maye was on both the 2017 national championship team and 2016 national runner-up. SLEEPER: Iowa State The sixth-seeded Cyclones are ranked 16th in statistician Ken Pomeroy’s rankings, just one spot lower than Houston, the third seed that represents their major roadblock to the regional semifinal. They also have a senior point guard with Nick Weiler-Babb, a key for any run in the tournament. UPSET ALERT: Seton Hall over Wofford The Pirates are clicking at the right time, beating Marquette and Villanova to end the regular season and nearly winning the Big East tournament. They reach the second round for the second straight season. BRACKET BREAKDOWN The bracket is headlined by North Carolina, Kentucky and Kansas, but the teams with momentum might be Auburn and Iowa State. The Tigers won the SEC tournament and the Cyclones won the Big 12 tournament, making for the deep set of teams. THE MATCHUPS 1. North Carolina (27-6): at-large, ACC 16. Iona (17-15): automatic, MAAC   8. Utah State (28-6): automatic, Mountain West 9. Washington (26-8): at-large, Pac-12   5. Auburn (26-9): automatic, SEC 12. New Mexico State (30-4): automatic, WAC   4. Kansas (25-9): at-large, Big 12 13. Northeastern (23-10): automatic, CAA   6. Iowa State (23-11): automatic, Big 12 11. Ohio State (19-14): at-large, Big Ten   3. Houston (31-3): at-large, American 14. Georgia State (23-9): automatic, Sun Belt   7. Wofford (29-4): automatic, Southern 10. Seton Hall (20-13): at-large, Big East   2. Kentucky (27-6): at-large, SEC 15. Abilene Christian (27-6): automatic, Southland   BY THE NUMBERS 3 – Number of teams in the region to win an NCAA championship in the previous 11 seasons. 1984 – The last time Houston was seeded as high, a season in which it reached the national title game. FAB FIVE Cameron Jackson, Wofford, guard, 14.6 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 2.7 apg, 1.5 spg, 1.0 bpg Cameron Johnson, North Carolina, guard, 16.9 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.2 spg Keldon Johnson, Kentucky, guard, 13.5 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 1.6 apg Dedric Lawson, Kansas, forward, 19.1 ppg, 10.3 rpg, 1.3 spg, 1.1 bpg Matisse Thybulle, Washington, guard, 9.3 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 3.4 spg, 2.2 bpg
18 Mar 19
Orange County Register
North Carolina was the third team from the ACC to receive a No. 1 seed, following Duke and Virginia. Its selection is slightly more controversial. The two best wins on the Tar Heels’ resume came against the Blue Devils when they were without their best player. In both instances, their archrivals did not have their star freshman Zion Williamson on the floor. Williamson suffered a mild knee sprain in the early minutes during their first meeting in late February when his shoe split and later was out for the second matchup in Chapel Hill. When he returned for their third game in the ACC tournament last week, Duke prevailed. This region is filled with other blue-blood programs, including Kentucky and Kansas, making for a competitive side of the bracket. A No. 4 seed is the lowest for the Jayhawks since 2006. The seeding was not a sudden surprise. They had suffered various setbacks during the season as their run of 14 consecutive Big 12 regular-season championships ended.[related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-section”] Washington, which won the Pac-12 regular-season championship, was seeded ninth, knocked due to the strength of the conference. It was the only Pac-12 team in the top-50 of the NET rankings used by the selection committee. Other major conferences such as the ACC and Big Ten had nine and eight teams ranked in the top-50. FAVORITE: North Carolina It’s unlikely a No. 1 seed will have a more challenging path to the Final Four than the Tar Heels, but they do have experience getting there. Senior Luke Maye was on both the 2017 national championship team and 2016 national runner-up. SLEEPER: Iowa State The sixth-seeded Cyclones are ranked 16th in statistician Ken Pomeroy’s rankings, just one spot lower than Houston, the third seed that represents their major roadblock to the regional semifinal. They also have a senior point guard with Nick Weiler-Babb, a key for any run in the tournament. UPSET ALERT: Seton Hall over Wofford The Pirates are clicking at the right time, beating Marquette and Villanova to end the regular season and nearly winning the Big East tournament. They reach the second round for the second straight season. BRACKET BREAKDOWN The bracket is headlined by North Carolina, Kentucky and Kansas, but the teams with momentum might be Auburn and Iowa State. The Tigers won the SEC tournament and the Cyclones won the Big 12 tournament, making for the deep set of teams. THE MATCHUPS 1. North Carolina (27-6): at-large, ACC 16. Iona (17-15): automatic, MAAC   8. Utah State (28-6): automatic, Mountain West 9. Washington (26-8): at-large, Pac-12   5. Auburn (26-9): automatic, SEC 12. New Mexico State (30-4): automatic, WAC   4. Kansas (25-9): at-large, Big 12 13. Northeastern (23-10): automatic, CAA   6. Iowa State (23-11): automatic, Big 12 11. Ohio State (19-14): at-large, Big Ten   3. Houston (31-3): at-large, American 14. Georgia State (23-9): automatic, Sun Belt   7. Wofford (29-4): automatic, Southern 10. Seton Hall (20-13): at-large, Big East   2. Kentucky (27-6): at-large, SEC 15. Abilene Christian (27-6): automatic, Southland   BY THE NUMBERS 3 – Number of teams in the region to win an NCAA championship in the previous 11 seasons. 1984 – The last time Houston was seeded as high, a season in which it reached the national title game. FAB FIVE Cameron Jackson, Wofford, guard, 14.6 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 2.7 apg, 1.5 spg, 1.0 bpg Cameron Johnson, North Carolina, guard, 16.9 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.2 spg Keldon Johnson, Kentucky, guard, 13.5 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 1.6 apg Dedric Lawson, Kansas, forward, 19.1 ppg, 10.3 rpg, 1.3 spg, 1.1 bpg Matisse Thybulle, Washington, guard, 9.3 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 3.4 spg, 2.2 bpg
18 Mar 19
Press Enterprise
North Carolina was the third team from the ACC to receive a No. 1 seed, following Duke and Virginia. Its selection is slightly more controversial. The two best wins on the Tar Heels’ resume came against the Blue Devils when they were without their best player. In both instances, their archrivals did not have their star freshman Zion Williamson on the floor. Williamson suffered a mild knee sprain in the early minutes during their first meeting in late February when his shoe split and later was out for the second matchup in Chapel Hill. When he returned for their third game in the ACC tournament last week, Duke prevailed. This region is filled with other blue-blood programs, including Kentucky and Kansas, making for a competitive side of the bracket. A No. 4 seed is the lowest for the Jayhawks since 2006. The seeding was not a sudden surprise. They had suffered various setbacks during the season as their run of 14 consecutive Big 12 regular-season championships ended.[related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-section”] Washington, which won the Pac-12 regular-season championship, was seeded ninth, knocked due to the strength of the conference. It was the only Pac-12 team in the top-50 of the NET rankings used by the selection committee. Other major conferences such as the ACC and Big Ten had nine and eight teams ranked in the top-50. FAVORITE: North Carolina It’s unlikely a No. 1 seed will have a more challenging path to the Final Four than the Tar Heels, but they do have experience getting there. Senior Luke Maye was on both the 2017 national championship team and 2016 national runner-up. SLEEPER: Iowa State The sixth-seeded Cyclones are ranked 16th in statistician Ken Pomeroy’s rankings, just one spot lower than Houston, the third seed that represents their major roadblock to the regional semifinal. They also have a senior point guard with Nick Weiler-Babb, a key for any run in the tournament. UPSET ALERT: Seton Hall over Wofford The Pirates are clicking at the right time, beating Marquette and Villanova to end the regular season and nearly winning the Big East tournament. They reach the second round for the second straight season. BRACKET BREAKDOWN The bracket is headlined by North Carolina, Kentucky and Kansas, but the teams with momentum might be Auburn and Iowa State. The Tigers won the SEC tournament and the Cyclones won the Big 12 tournament, making for the deep set of teams. THE MATCHUPS 1. North Carolina (27-6): at-large, ACC 16. Iona (17-15): automatic, MAAC   8. Utah State (28-6): automatic, Mountain West 9. Washington (26-8): at-large, Pac-12   5. Auburn (26-9): automatic, SEC 12. New Mexico State (30-4): automatic, WAC   4. Kansas (25-9): at-large, Big 12 13. Northeastern (23-10): automatic, CAA   6. Iowa State (23-11): automatic, Big 12 11. Ohio State (19-14): at-large, Big Ten   3. Houston (31-3): at-large, American 14. Georgia State (23-9): automatic, Sun Belt   7. Wofford (29-4): automatic, Southern 10. Seton Hall (20-13): at-large, Big East   2. Kentucky (27-6): at-large, SEC 15. Abilene Christian (27-6): automatic, Southland   BY THE NUMBERS 3 – Number of teams in the region to win an NCAA championship in the previous 11 seasons. 1984 – The last time Houston was seeded as high, a season in which it reached the national title game. FAB FIVE Cameron Jackson, Wofford, guard, 14.6 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 2.7 apg, 1.5 spg, 1.0 bpg Cameron Johnson, North Carolina, guard, 16.9 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.2 spg Keldon Johnson, Kentucky, guard, 13.5 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 1.6 apg Dedric Lawson, Kansas, forward, 19.1 ppg, 10.3 rpg, 1.3 spg, 1.1 bpg Matisse Thybulle, Washington, guard, 9.3 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 3.4 spg, 2.2 bpg
18 Mar 19
Whittier Daily News
North Carolina was the third team from the ACC to receive a No. 1 seed, following Duke and Virginia. Its selection is slightly more controversial. The two best wins on the Tar Heels’ resume came against the Blue Devils when they were without their best player. In both instances, their archrivals did not have their star freshman Zion Williamson on the floor. Williamson suffered a mild knee sprain in the early minutes during their first meeting in late February when his shoe split and later was out for the second matchup in Chapel Hill. When he returned for their third game in the ACC tournament last week, Duke prevailed. This region is filled with other blue-blood programs, including Kentucky and Kansas, making for a competitive side of the bracket. A No. 4 seed is the lowest for the Jayhawks since 2006. The seeding was not a sudden surprise. They had suffered various setbacks during the season as their run of 14 consecutive Big 12 regular-season championships ended.[related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-section”] Washington, which won the Pac-12 regular-season championship, was seeded ninth, knocked due to the strength of the conference. It was the only Pac-12 team in the top-50 of the NET rankings used by the selection committee. Other major conferences such as the ACC and Big Ten had nine and eight teams ranked in the top-50. FAVORITE: North Carolina It’s unlikely a No. 1 seed will have a more challenging path to the Final Four than the Tar Heels, but they do have experience getting there. Senior Luke Maye was on both the 2017 national championship team and 2016 national runner-up. SLEEPER: Iowa State The sixth-seeded Cyclones are ranked 16th in statistician Ken Pomeroy’s rankings, just one spot lower than Houston, the third seed that represents their major roadblock to the regional semifinal. They also have a senior point guard with Nick Weiler-Babb, a key for any run in the tournament. UPSET ALERT: Seton Hall over Wofford The Pirates are clicking at the right time, beating Marquette and Villanova to end the regular season and nearly winning the Big East tournament. They reach the second round for the second straight season. BRACKET BREAKDOWN The bracket is headlined by North Carolina, Kentucky and Kansas, but the teams with momentum might be Auburn and Iowa State. The Tigers won the SEC tournament and the Cyclones won the Big 12 tournament, making for the deep set of teams. THE MATCHUPS 1. North Carolina (27-6): at-large, ACC 16. Iona (17-15): automatic, MAAC   8. Utah State (28-6): automatic, Mountain West 9. Washington (26-8): at-large, Pac-12   5. Auburn (26-9): automatic, SEC 12. New Mexico State (30-4): automatic, WAC   4. Kansas (25-9): at-large, Big 12 13. Northeastern (23-10): automatic, CAA   6. Iowa State (23-11): automatic, Big 12 11. Ohio State (19-14): at-large, Big Ten   3. Houston (31-3): at-large, American 14. Georgia State (23-9): automatic, Sun Belt   7. Wofford (29-4): automatic, Southern 10. Seton Hall (20-13): at-large, Big East   2. Kentucky (27-6): at-large, SEC 15. Abilene Christian (27-6): automatic, Southland   BY THE NUMBERS 3 – Number of teams in the region to win an NCAA championship in the previous 11 seasons. 1984 – The last time Houston was seeded as high, a season in which it reached the national title game. FAB FIVE Cameron Jackson, Wofford, guard, 14.6 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 2.7 apg, 1.5 spg, 1.0 bpg Cameron Johnson, North Carolina, guard, 16.9 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.2 spg Keldon Johnson, Kentucky, guard, 13.5 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 1.6 apg Dedric Lawson, Kansas, forward, 19.1 ppg, 10.3 rpg, 1.3 spg, 1.1 bpg Matisse Thybulle, Washington, guard, 9.3 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 3.4 spg, 2.2 bpg
18 Mar 19
San Gabriel Valley Tribune
North Carolina was the third team from the ACC to receive a No. 1 seed, following Duke and Virginia. Its selection is slightly more controversial. The two best wins on the Tar Heels’ resume came against the Blue Devils when they were without their best player. In both instances, their archrivals did not have their star freshman Zion Williamson on the floor. Williamson suffered a mild knee sprain in the early minutes during their first meeting in late February when his shoe split and later was out for the second matchup in Chapel Hill. When he returned for their third game in the ACC tournament last week, Duke prevailed. This region is filled with other blue-blood programs, including Kentucky and Kansas, making for a competitive side of the bracket. A No. 4 seed is the lowest for the Jayhawks since 2006. The seeding was not a sudden surprise. They had suffered various setbacks during the season as their run of 14 consecutive Big 12 regular-season championships ended.[related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-section”] Washington, which won the Pac-12 regular-season championship, was seeded ninth, knocked due to the strength of the conference. It was the only Pac-12 team in the top-50 of the NET rankings used by the selection committee. Other major conferences such as the ACC and Big Ten had nine and eight teams ranked in the top-50. FAVORITE: North Carolina It’s unlikely a No. 1 seed will have a more challenging path to the Final Four than the Tar Heels, but they do have experience getting there. Senior Luke Maye was on both the 2017 national championship team and 2016 national runner-up. SLEEPER: Iowa State The sixth-seeded Cyclones are ranked 16th in statistician Ken Pomeroy’s rankings, just one spot lower than Houston, the third seed that represents their major roadblock to the regional semifinal. They also have a senior point guard with Nick Weiler-Babb, a key for any run in the tournament. UPSET ALERT: Seton Hall over Wofford The Pirates are clicking at the right time, beating Marquette and Villanova to end the regular season and nearly winning the Big East tournament. They reach the second round for the second straight season. BRACKET BREAKDOWN The bracket is headlined by North Carolina, Kentucky and Kansas, but the teams with momentum might be Auburn and Iowa State. The Tigers won the SEC tournament and the Cyclones won the Big 12 tournament, making for the deep set of teams. THE MATCHUPS 1. North Carolina (27-6): at-large, ACC 16. Iona (17-15): automatic, MAAC   8. Utah State (28-6): automatic, Mountain West 9. Washington (26-8): at-large, Pac-12   5. Auburn (26-9): automatic, SEC 12. New Mexico State (30-4): automatic, WAC   4. Kansas (25-9): at-large, Big 12 13. Northeastern (23-10): automatic, CAA   6. Iowa State (23-11): automatic, Big 12 11. Ohio State (19-14): at-large, Big Ten   3. Houston (31-3): at-large, American 14. Georgia State (23-9): automatic, Sun Belt   7. Wofford (29-4): automatic, Southern 10. Seton Hall (20-13): at-large, Big East   2. Kentucky (27-6): at-large, SEC 15. Abilene Christian (27-6): automatic, Southland   BY THE NUMBERS 3 – Number of teams in the region to win an NCAA championship in the previous 11 seasons. 1984 – The last time Houston was seeded as high, a season in which it reached the national title game. FAB FIVE Cameron Jackson, Wofford, guard, 14.6 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 2.7 apg, 1.5 spg, 1.0 bpg Cameron Johnson, North Carolina, guard, 16.9 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.2 spg Keldon Johnson, Kentucky, guard, 13.5 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 1.6 apg Dedric Lawson, Kansas, forward, 19.1 ppg, 10.3 rpg, 1.3 spg, 1.1 bpg Matisse Thybulle, Washington, guard, 9.3 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 3.4 spg, 2.2 bpg
18 Mar 19
Redlands Daily Facts
North Carolina was the third team from the ACC to receive a No. 1 seed, following Duke and Virginia. Its selection is slightly more controversial. The two best wins on the Tar Heels’ resume came against the Blue Devils when they were without their best player. In both instances, their archrivals did not have their star freshman Zion Williamson on the floor. Williamson suffered a mild knee sprain in the early minutes during their first meeting in late February when his shoe split and later was out for the second matchup in Chapel Hill. When he returned for their third game in the ACC tournament last week, Duke prevailed. This region is filled with other blue-blood programs, including Kentucky and Kansas, making for a competitive side of the bracket. A No. 4 seed is the lowest for the Jayhawks since 2006. The seeding was not a sudden surprise. They had suffered various setbacks during the season as their run of 14 consecutive Big 12 regular-season championships ended.[related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-section”] Washington, which won the Pac-12 regular-season championship, was seeded ninth, knocked due to the strength of the conference. It was the only Pac-12 team in the top-50 of the NET rankings used by the selection committee. Other major conferences such as the ACC and Big Ten had nine and eight teams ranked in the top-50. FAVORITE: North Carolina It’s unlikely a No. 1 seed will have a more challenging path to the Final Four than the Tar Heels, but they do have experience getting there. Senior Luke Maye was on both the 2017 national championship team and 2016 national runner-up. SLEEPER: Iowa State The sixth-seeded Cyclones are ranked 16th in statistician Ken Pomeroy’s rankings, just one spot lower than Houston, the third seed that represents their major roadblock to the regional semifinal. They also have a senior point guard with Nick Weiler-Babb, a key for any run in the tournament. UPSET ALERT: Seton Hall over Wofford The Pirates are clicking at the right time, beating Marquette and Villanova to end the regular season and nearly winning the Big East tournament. They reach the second round for the second straight season. BRACKET BREAKDOWN The bracket is headlined by North Carolina, Kentucky and Kansas, but the teams with momentum might be Auburn and Iowa State. The Tigers won the SEC tournament and the Cyclones won the Big 12 tournament, making for the deep set of teams. THE MATCHUPS 1. North Carolina (27-6): at-large, ACC 16. Iona (17-15): automatic, MAAC   8. Utah State (28-6): automatic, Mountain West 9. Washington (26-8): at-large, Pac-12   5. Auburn (26-9): automatic, SEC 12. New Mexico State (30-4): automatic, WAC   4. Kansas (25-9): at-large, Big 12 13. Northeastern (23-10): automatic, CAA   6. Iowa State (23-11): automatic, Big 12 11. Ohio State (19-14): at-large, Big Ten   3. Houston (31-3): at-large, American 14. Georgia State (23-9): automatic, Sun Belt   7. Wofford (29-4): automatic, Southern 10. Seton Hall (20-13): at-large, Big East   2. Kentucky (27-6): at-large, SEC 15. Abilene Christian (27-6): automatic, Southland   BY THE NUMBERS 3 – Number of teams in the region to win an NCAA championship in the previous 11 seasons. 1984 – The last time Houston was seeded as high, a season in which it reached the national title game. FAB FIVE Cameron Jackson, Wofford, guard, 14.6 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 2.7 apg, 1.5 spg, 1.0 bpg Cameron Johnson, North Carolina, guard, 16.9 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.2 spg Keldon Johnson, Kentucky, guard, 13.5 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 1.6 apg Dedric Lawson, Kansas, forward, 19.1 ppg, 10.3 rpg, 1.3 spg, 1.1 bpg Matisse Thybulle, Washington, guard, 9.3 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 3.4 spg, 2.2 bpg
18 Mar 19
Daily Bulletin
North Carolina was the third team from the ACC to receive a No. 1 seed, following Duke and Virginia. Its selection is slightly more controversial. The two best wins on the Tar Heels’ resume came against the Blue Devils when they were without their best player. In both instances, their archrivals did not have their star freshman Zion Williamson on the floor. Williamson suffered a mild knee sprain in the early minutes during their first meeting in late February when his shoe split and later was out for the second matchup in Chapel Hill. When he returned for their third game in the ACC tournament last week, Duke prevailed. This region is filled with other blue-blood programs, including Kentucky and Kansas, making for a competitive side of the bracket. A No. 4 seed is the lowest for the Jayhawks since 2006. The seeding was not a sudden surprise. They had suffered various setbacks during the season as their run of 14 consecutive Big 12 regular-season championships ended.[related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-section”] Washington, which won the Pac-12 regular-season championship, was seeded ninth, knocked due to the strength of the conference. It was the only Pac-12 team in the top-50 of the NET rankings used by the selection committee. Other major conferences such as the ACC and Big Ten had nine and eight teams ranked in the top-50. FAVORITE: North Carolina It’s unlikely a No. 1 seed will have a more challenging path to the Final Four than the Tar Heels, but they do have experience getting there. Senior Luke Maye was on both the 2017 national championship team and 2016 national runner-up. SLEEPER: Iowa State The sixth-seeded Cyclones are ranked 16th in statistician Ken Pomeroy’s rankings, just one spot lower than Houston, the third seed that represents their major roadblock to the regional semifinal. They also have a senior point guard with Nick Weiler-Babb, a key for any run in the tournament. UPSET ALERT: Seton Hall over Wofford The Pirates are clicking at the right time, beating Marquette and Villanova to end the regular season and nearly winning the Big East tournament. They reach the second round for the second straight season. BRACKET BREAKDOWN The bracket is headlined by North Carolina, Kentucky and Kansas, but the teams with momentum might be Auburn and Iowa State. The Tigers won the SEC tournament and the Cyclones won the Big 12 tournament, making for the deep set of teams. THE MATCHUPS 1. North Carolina (27-6): at-large, ACC 16. Iona (17-15): automatic, MAAC   8. Utah State (28-6): automatic, Mountain West 9. Washington (26-8): at-large, Pac-12   5. Auburn (26-9): automatic, SEC 12. New Mexico State (30-4): automatic, WAC   4. Kansas (25-9): at-large, Big 12 13. Northeastern (23-10): automatic, CAA   6. Iowa State (23-11): automatic, Big 12 11. Ohio State (19-14): at-large, Big Ten   3. Houston (31-3): at-large, American 14. Georgia State (23-9): automatic, Sun Belt   7. Wofford (29-4): automatic, Southern 10. Seton Hall (20-13): at-large, Big East   2. Kentucky (27-6): at-large, SEC 15. Abilene Christian (27-6): automatic, Southland   BY THE NUMBERS 3 – Number of teams in the region to win an NCAA championship in the previous 11 seasons. 1984 – The last time Houston was seeded as high, a season in which it reached the national title game. FAB FIVE Cameron Jackson, Wofford, guard, 14.6 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 2.7 apg, 1.5 spg, 1.0 bpg Cameron Johnson, North Carolina, guard, 16.9 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.2 spg Keldon Johnson, Kentucky, guard, 13.5 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 1.6 apg Dedric Lawson, Kansas, forward, 19.1 ppg, 10.3 rpg, 1.3 spg, 1.1 bpg Matisse Thybulle, Washington, guard, 9.3 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 3.4 spg, 2.2 bpg
18 Mar 19
SCNG
North Carolina was the third team from the ACC to receive a No. 1 seed, following Duke and Virginia. Its selection is slightly more controversial. The two best wins on the Tar Heels’ resume came against the Blue Devils when they were without their best player. In both instances, their archrivals did not have their star freshman Zion Williamson on the floor. Williamson suffered a mild knee sprain in the early minutes during their first meeting in late February when his shoe split and later was out for the second matchup in Chapel Hill. When he returned for their third game in the ACC tournament last week, Duke prevailed. This region is filled with other blue-blood programs, including Kentucky and Kansas, making for a competitive side of the bracket. A No. 4 seed is the lowest for the Jayhawks since 2006. The seeding was not a sudden surprise. They had suffered various setbacks during the season as their run of 14 consecutive Big 12 regular-season championships ended.[related_articles location=”left” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-section”] Washington, which won the Pac-12 regular-season championship, was seeded ninth, knocked due to the strength of the conference. It was the only Pac-12 team in the top-50 of the NET rankings used by the selection committee. Other major conferences such as the ACC and Big Ten had nine and eight teams ranked in the top-50. FAVORITE: North Carolina It’s unlikely a No. 1 seed will have a more challenging path to the Final Four than the Tar Heels, but they do have experience getting there. Senior Luke Maye was on both the 2017 national championship team and 2016 national runner-up. SLEEPER: Iowa State The sixth-seeded Cyclones are ranked 16th in statistician Ken Pomeroy’s rankings, just one spot lower than Houston, the third seed that represents their major roadblock to the regional semifinal. They also have a senior point guard with Nick Weiler-Babb, a key for any run in the tournament. UPSET ALERT: Seton Hall over Wofford The Pirates are clicking at the right time, beating Marquette and Villanova to end the regular season and nearly winning the Big East tournament. They reach the second round for the second straight season. BRACKET BREAKDOWN The bracket is headlined by North Carolina, Kentucky and Kansas, but the teams with momentum might be Auburn and Iowa State. The Tigers won the SEC tournament and the Cyclones won the Big 12 tournament, making for the deep set of teams. THE MATCHUPS 1. North Carolina (27-6): at-large, ACC 16. Iona (17-15): automatic, MAAC   8. Utah State (28-6): automatic, Mountain West 9. Washington (26-8): at-large, Pac-12   5. Auburn (26-9): automatic, SEC 12. New Mexico State (30-4): automatic, WAC   4. Kansas (25-9): at-large, Big 12 13. Northeastern (23-10): automatic, CAA   6. Iowa State (23-11): automatic, Big 12 11. Ohio State (19-14): at-large, Big Ten   3. Houston (31-3): at-large, American 14. Georgia State (23-9): automatic, Sun Belt   7. Wofford (29-4): automatic, Southern 10. Seton Hall (20-13): at-large, Big East   2. Kentucky (27-6): at-large, SEC 15. Abilene Christian (27-6): automatic, Southland   BY THE NUMBERS 3 – Number of teams in the region to win an NCAA championship in the previous 11 seasons. 1984 – The last time Houston was seeded as high, a season in which it reached the national title game. FAB FIVE Cameron Jackson, Wofford, guard, 14.6 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 2.7 apg, 1.5 spg, 1.0 bpg Cameron Johnson, North Carolina, guard, 16.9 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.2 spg Keldon Johnson, Kentucky, guard, 13.5 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 1.6 apg Dedric Lawson, Kansas, forward, 19.1 ppg, 10.3 rpg, 1.3 spg, 1.1 bpg Matisse Thybulle, Washington, guard, 9.3 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 3.4 spg, 2.2 bpg
18 Mar 19
WGEH

UMBC changes everything now, changes everything for the dreamers and the would-be Cinderellas of March Madness. Because everyone now knows it can be done — because UMBC last March in Charlotte, shocked Virginia and a college basketball world that had all but given up on the idea that a 16-seed might someday upset a 1-seed. […]