NIT Bracket: Complete Schedule, Teams And Matchups

Eloise Marshall
March 12, 2018

Penn had a 24-0 run that extended to both halves.

"I think our team has had a really good year, especially considering our youth", Wojo said.

Bluiett established himself as one of the country's most clutch players last season, when he averaged 25 points and shot 52.2 percent in No. 11-seeded Xavier's three NCAA Tournament wins.

The Cavaliers did it with no surefire National Basketball Association lottery picks and a shutdown defense that led the nation with the fewest points allowed per game. Who will be this year's Cinderella team? St. Mary's was left out despite going 28-5 and beating Gonzaga because, Rasmussen said, it did not have enough quality wins, even as he acknowledged that it is structurally hard for teams outside basketball's six power conferences to schedule top nonleague competition.

But now the attention turns to UMBC, which defeated Vermont in the America East final on Saturday. That's it. Now, about 40 percent of No. 1 seeds do reach the Final Four, so you shouldn't discount them altogether. Duke was sent to Pittsburgh as the No. 2 seed in the Midwest region. Oklahoma State also missed out - despite two wins over No. 1 seed Kansas - after losing to the Jayhawks in the Big 12 Tournament.

"There's no team in this tournament that is more prepared than Auburn as far as everything we've gone through", Pearl said. Michigan State, the Big Ten regular-season champ, meets Bucknell on Friday in Detroit.

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The individual school ticket allotments for the first and second rounds of the NCAA Tournament are extremely limited. The Friars will be making their 20th appearance overall in the NCAA Tournament. The Crimson Tide delivered the most thrilling game of the tournament on Thursday when Alabama guard Collin Sexton dropped from the sky a buzzer-beating finger roll that set the college basketball world on fire.

The Shockers (25-7) have the type of roster that can make another deep March run, led by guard Landry Shamut and big man Markis McDuffie. It's the third 1-seed in the past five seasons under coach Tony Bennett, who guided his team to a regional final two years ago but has yet to take the next step: the Final Four.

By comparison, Wichita State is a four seed in the East Region and had just three Quadrant 1 victories. In each of the last five seasons, one team seeded No. 7 or higher has gotten there.

Should the Bonnies win, they will advance to the second round of the NCAA tournament in Dallas to face Florida. A tantalising Elite Eight match-up with TCU is a real possibility, and if it pans out, an Aussie will play in the Final Four this year. One came in 2016, when the Wildcats won the national championship.

Villanova will face the victor of the LIU Brooklyn-Radford matchup.

Defense wins championships, but does Virginia have enough offense to get the job done? The tournament title was UK's sixth under John Calipari and fourth straight.

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