The selection committee didn't do the Cavaliers any favors on their side of the bracket.
The West Region, which concludes in Los Angeles, also includes North Carolina, Michigan, Gonzaga and Houston. "I think it's a disgrace". "UMBC, I just started to know more about them".
The Big East Tournament champion Wildcats (30-4) earned yet another top seed in the NCAA Tournament and will open the East Region on Thursday in Pittsburgh against the victor of the LIU Brooklyn-Radford game. Junior forward Terance Mann - no relation to James Earl Jones' character in Field of Dreams - leads a balanced attack with just 13.2 points per game, as FSU has nine players averaging at least 6.0 points. The team didn't necessarily have a "bad" loss all year, but they finished with 91 as its RPI. The Wildcats (24-10) have won seven of their last eight games entering the NCAA Tournament, with four of those seven wins coming against teams that were ranked or receiving votes in the national listings.
The victor of No. 7 Texas A&M (20-12) and No. 10 Providence (21-13) awaits in a potential second-round matchup for UNC, which was sent to Charlotte instead of Duke.
Cincinnati (3-4) also has a stifling defense and won the American Athletic Conference title. The victor of that game gets No.1 seed Xavier.
N.C. State is the eighth seed in the Midwest and will take on ninth-seeded Seton Hall on Thursday in Wichita, Kan. Oh, and it has Oklahoma freshman Trae Young, who has the potential to go on a Steph Curry-like NCAA run.
"I did feel like this team could go to the NCAA Tournament", Pearl said. USC had four Quadrant 1 wins while Arizona State had three and was still able to get in. They will play in Dallas for the first two rounds, and will head to Boston if they advance to the Sweet 16.
Whichever teams makes it through Omaha to the Final Four in San Antonio will have earned it.
The Big East landed two of the four No. 1 seeds with Villanova and Xavier among the conference's six teams.
Pearl made this the expectation as soon as last season's 18-14 campaign ended with a first-round SEC Tournament loss to Missouri in Nashville, Tenn. This group is also slightly more efficient offensively than several of Fisher's NCAA Tournament teams. 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.
The Bruins had such noteable wins against SEC Tournament victor Kentucky, a regular season win against Pac-12 Champion Arizona in Tucson and swept USC.
Villanova will face the victor of the LIU Brooklyn-Radford matchup.
Auburn, which hadn't qualified for March Madness since 2003 and hadn't competed in a postseason tournament of any kind since 2009, is back in the NCAA Tournament. The Wildcats are 9-2 favorites to win the title, according to VegasInsider.com, with Duke right behind at 5-1.