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CRAWFORD | Selection Sunday suspense: A final look at Louisville's NCAA chances

12 March 2018

"I don't think we're playing our best ball", Izzo said Friday on WBBL-FM (107.3) in Grand Rapids (h/t Chris Solari of the Detroit Free Press).

Recall last weekend. No sooner had Chicago's Loyola Ramblers earned their first tournament berth since 1985 than TV people were speculating as to whether they would be an 11 seed or No. 12 and predicting they would give some opponent trouble. The Spartans are looking to win this tournament for the third time, with the last title coming in 2000. "I feel like everybody counted us out".

The "First Four" games will be played on March 13 and March 14, while the top 64 teams will begin the tournament on Thursday, March 15.

The defending champion Rams (25-6) advanced with a 90-87 victory behind Andre Berry's 18 points and Fatts Russell's two crucial 3-pointers in the final six minutes. All you can do is allow what you do on the floor to speak for itself.

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"I mean I didn't expect to be in this position by any means", OU guard Trae Young said.

And yet, it's hard to imagine there weren't some sighs of relief in the NCAA offices when some bubble teams' names were left out of the field. "There shouldn't be any doubt about that".

And, despite all Virginia has accomplished this season - going from unranked in the preseason to No. 1 and winning both ACC titles after being picked to finish sixth in the league - the Cavaliers said they're not within a half-court heave of being satisfied.

Tennessee's Rick Barnes is the seventh coach to take at least four programs to the NCAA Tournament, joining Lon Kruger, Tubby Smith, Rick Pitino, Eddie Sutton, John Beilein and Lefty Driesell. However, he has been clutch all season and been the leader all along for Ed Cooley's squad in helping them inch closer to the Big Dance. Matt Mobley hit an Atlantic 10 Tournament-record nine 3-pointers and scored 21 of his 29 points in the second half for the Bonnies, who haven't lost since January 19.

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Sean McManus, chairman of CBS Sports, said the scandal will be discussed during studio segments of the tournament broadcast, but it will mostly be limited during game coverage to if there is a school, coach or player directly affected by the investigation or subsequent news related to the scandal.

"So I don't think that it will affect our ratings". "That's what you play for, that's what you dream about".

Selection Sunday is right up there with one of the best days of the year as it causes every college basketball fan in the country to tune in and wait to hear if their favorite team made the NCAA Tournament. The star freshman scored a game-high 22 points, but he needed 21 shots to get there. They are not going to hit a road block in their their first four games of the tournament. Mississippi State is projected as a No. 1 seed. If FSU makes the tournament this season would have to be considered a success considering how much fire power the team lost from last year's roster.

Notre Dame had a seven-game losing streak while preseason All-American Bonzie Colson was out injured and couldn't do enough by the time he returned.

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CRAWFORD | Selection Sunday suspense: A final look at Louisville's NCAA chances