Villanova earns No. 1 overall seed for NCAA Tournament

Selection Sunday has wrapped up and we now know the entire 68-team NCAA Tournament field, so it's time to get those brackets printed and start making your picks. They went into the tournament with a No. 25 ranking in the AP Polls, and came out of it with roughly the same positioning, if not one tick better.

The odds of picking 60 plus consecutive winners is harder than winning most lotteries.

The Gonzaga Bulldogs were awarded a No. 1 seed in the West region of the 2017 NCAA Tournament. In his second season, the Cats won five of their last seven regular-season games and broke in star freshmen Bryant McIntosh, Vic Law and Scottie Lindsey.

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The most outrage this year will emanate from Syracuse, N.Y. and Normal, Ill. A complete dearth of quality wins is the primary reason. All three of those teams finished outside the RPI Top 100.

Last year, Villanova didn't have things easy. The teams will play on Thursday, March 16 with the time of the game still to be announced. The Cats might have even boosted their tournament seed with back-to-back wins in this week's Big Ten Tournament, including a Friday-night victory over Maryland in front of a raucous pro-Terps crowd at the Verizon Center. While Iowa also boasted previous victories over Iowa State, Michigan and Purdue, the Hawkeyes' losses apparently outweighed their quality wins in the eyes of the committee. Twenty-one wins from a power conference is typically enough to secure a bid, but the Bears could not overcome going 0-for-6 against Pac-12 heavyweights Arizona, Oregon and UCLA. The Orange had to sit out the 2015 NCAA Tournament after SU officials imposed a one-year postseason ban on the school's basketball program for committing NCAA violations.

  • Regina Holmes