UMBC To Face Off Against Virginia In NCAA Tournament

Kansas players celebrate during the second half of the NCAA college basketball championship game against West Virginia in the Big 12 men's tournament Saturday

Kansas players celebrate during the second half of the NCAA college basketball championship game against West Virginia in the Big 12 men's tournament Saturday

Any team that outright wins its conference in the regular season is automatically awarded an NIT bid if they aren't selected to the big bracket.

One of the most common activities surrounding the tournament is filling out a bracket to secure your guesses for who will win each game. (Turner, TBS' parent company, and CBS share the rights to the tournament.) Turner designed a new studio on its Atlanta campus for the show, which will have a live audience this year - one of a number of significant changes to the show's format in the wake of some recent, high-profile blunders.

Winning the way they did against Providence in overtime during the Big East tournament championship shows how tough this Villanova team can be, and as long as guys like Mikal Bridges and Jalen Brunson are on top of their games, Villanova is going to be a very unsafe team to compete against in the East Region.

Arizona State made it over USC even though USC finished second in the conference in Pac-12 play and made the Pac-12 championship game during the tournament.

University of Maryland Baltimore County will take on No. 1 Virginia in the NCAA Tournament Friday, snapping a 10-year drought.

There is expected to be a slight tweak to the format as the teams and seedings will be announced before the actual bracket.

Duke guard Grayson Allen reacts after being called for a foul against North Carolina during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in the Atlantic Coast Conference men's tournament semifinals Friday

Oklahoma would be the first team to earn an at-large berth with that poor of a finish heading into the tournament. Top-seeded and No. 25 Rhode Island looked like a lock to get into the field of 68 no matter what happened Sunday. If Louisville got in, it's entirely possible that Syracuse wouldn't have gotten in the Big Dance.

There are always sleepers, mid-major surprises, and bubble teams that sneak in and go from the First Four to possibly the Final Four. Kidding, mostly. Many folks were surprised that Arizona State made the tournament. Both of those games came back in December.

The Blue Raiders (24-7) went 16-2 in Conference USA before stumbling in the league tournament's quarterfinals against Southern Mississippi.

Creighton beat Villanova two weeks ago.

It's not just about the raw number of losses the Sooners have but the way they stumbled down the stretch, losing 11 of their last 15 games.

3 seed, faces 14th-seeded Montana in its first-round game in Wichita, Kan., with a scheduled tip off of 9:50 p.m. ET. Well, they still have the six Q1 wins (including KU at home, at Wichita State and at TCU), and if that was good enough for a No. 4 seed with eight losses on February 11, surely that was good enough to still get an at-large bid with 13 losses on March 11, right? Yep. The Cyclones enter this year's tournament as the No. 10 seed and will need to prevail again to keep playing next week.

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