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March Madness odds 2018: Wednesday First Four betting lines and trends

15 March 2018

Another thing that is consistent is the selection committee's inconsistency, as shown by their sudden switch from using a variety of metrics to seemingly only judging teams by their quad 1 wins. "How did you do against the teams considered to be in the tournament?".

"The message sent is that we look at games in November and December as much as February and March if they are against the same caliber of teams", tournament selection committee chair and Creighton athletic director Bruce Rasmussen told NCAA.com.

March Madness odds 2018: Wednesday First Four betting lines and trends
March Madness odds 2018: Wednesday First Four betting lines and trends

Cincinnati earned a No. 2 seed, and would have likely had that seed regardless of the outcome against Houston.

The Panthers advanced to the final four with wins over the weekend against Bellevue (72-67) and Spokane (93-65). "Making the tournament is always the biggest step, the first step to change a program, so being able to hand over the keys to some of these guys here and being able to make this tournament and allow them to experience it, it's going to be great for their growth".

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I do think their quality wins slightly outweigh their bad losses, and for that reason they are not the least deserving team in the field.

Their non-conference was relatively challenging, playing Arkansas and at Wichita State and they were 6-9 against the field. "Oklahoma and Arizona State struggled down the stretch and that did affect their seeding". They had a 8-10 record in a power conference, but scheduled tough teams, so they're in.

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"It's definitely a factor of who you play, " said Rasmussen. "When you beat a team that is in the top 30 of the RPI. if the name was different, everybody would be excited". Should the Wildcats get by Buffalo, they are looking at a potential second round matchup with Kentucky. Only one, Seton Hall, ended up in an 8-9 game and it wasn't in Villanova's or Xavier's region.

"The teams that we can possibly face, we were probably going to face them either way, said Rawle Alkins".

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"The hard part about this process", Swann said, "is once they select, there is no time to have a counter opinion, to have a voice in trying to create change". Virginia was safe as the No. 1 overall seed, regardless of the outcome of the ACC tournament, he said. Lower even, like they played against Clemson in a win recently (55-52). Many - including sophomore Tyus Battle and freshman Oshae Brissett - have performed quite well in the gauntlet that is the ACC, but facing the pressure of March will be a completely different test. (11.2 points, team-high 74 3-pointers) and Jordan Perkins (8.4 points, team-high 5.4 assists), who tallied 13 points and nine assists in the conference title game and handed out a career-high 14 assists earlier in the season, each landed on the all-conference rookie team. Whoever battles out of this region and ends up the final four will have been testing unlike any other team while getting their.

March Madness odds 2018: Wednesday First Four betting lines and trends