Indisputable proof Kansas will win the NCAA tournament (sorry Kentucky, Villanova & Duke)

The first round begins Thursday at various sites around the country.

Surprisingly, it seems as if Maryland's loss to Northwestern didn't hurt them much at all as they land as the No. 23 overall seed, ahead of other Big Ten teams MI and Wisconsin. "I was Coach Collins' first recruit", sophomore forward Vic Law said.

The fourth and final spot could go to either Gonzaga - which finished 32-1 and won the West Coast Conference tournament - or the victor of the Pac-12 tournament, assuming it comes from the Oregon/Arizona/UCLA trio.

Additional teams like Butler: 3 seed UCLA (9.0%), 2 seed Arizona (9.7%), 3 seed Florida State (10.4%), 4 seed Florida (11.9%) and 3 seed Baylor (12.1%). The NCAA and the television partners would have to figure out whether they want the college basketball crown jewel game and highest TV audience game of the year during the May sweeps where TV networks use ratings to fix advertising costs. "Hopefully the committee realizes how well we're playing, and we get in".

The torture that last year's NCAA Tournament Selection Show turned into is supposed to be avoided this year. Also, expect to see a motivated Wichita team, which was severely under-seeded at No. 10.

Interesting to see Villanova and Duke, the previous two national champions, as the top two seeds in the East Region. The Patriots finished their season at 23-7 and failed to even make their conference tournament championship game.

MI was playing its second game since a scary mishap when its plane slid off the runway before takeoff. But they now have won eight of 10.

Duke players hold up the championship trophy after beating Notre Dame 75-69 in an NCAA college basketball game during the championship game of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament, Saturday, March 11, 2017, in NY. "It's happened to us". Villanova has already surpassed the 30-win threshold for the fourth time in program history and the third straight season, and head coach Jay Wright appears to have his team primed for another deep run. The public is invited to Alico Arena on Sunday for a Selection Show Viewing Party.

The West has the best chance to win it all. While last year's show was over 2 hours long, the network claims that this year's rendition will be condensed to 90 minutes.

Cavs sit James, Irving against Heat
As time wound down in Miami's blowout win, television cameras caught Smith barking at Heat guard Dion Waiters from his own bench. When informed of what he missed in the postgame locker room, James told ESPN , "That just means J.R.is ready to come back".

LAST CHANCE?: California lost 73-65 to No. 5 OR in the Pac-12 semifinals. - Wilmington has a terrific offense with four double-figure scorers led by guard C.J. Bryce and 3-point rifleman Denzel Ingram, who is top-20 in the nation in 3-pointers made.

HOUSTON FALLS: Houston might have seen its chances disappear with Friday's loss to CT in the American Athletic Conference Tournament.

"We'll have the team watch it". And with help from Williams, they appear primed to pull off another upset as a No. 11 seed against No. 6 Minnesota.

North Carolina was made No. 1 in the South over hard-charging Duke, which beat the Tar Heels two out of three times.

■ Would it have killed the committee to seed North Carolina Central 15th and keep it out of the First Four?

Though Kansas was the overall second seed, it opened as the favorite in Las Vegas, at 8-1.

Excluding the First Four play-in games, every team has the same brutal five-game path to the championship.

No. 12 seeds have 46 wins over No. 5 seeds since 1985.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

  • Regina Holmes