Why 'quadrants' are important to the NCAA Tournament selection committee

For some reason, Jerry Palm continued to list Michigan as a four seed, while having Michigan State as a two seed. Healthy and hot, the Aztecs have won nine in a row, including two wins over Nevada in the last 10 days. The committee has shocked us in the last couple years with teams they put in and teams they left out.

Duke, runner-up to Virginia in the Atlantic Coast Conference, plays Iona on Thursday in Pittsburgh.

The Final Four and National Championship will be played on March 31 and April 2 at the Alamodome in San Antonio. We have full respect for the Kansas Jayhawks as the No. 1 seed, but Michigan State will get its revenge over Bill Self's team after getting knocked out of the tournament a year ago.

Virginia opens play Friday against No. 16 seed UMBC (24-10) in Charlotte in a bracket that features Cincinnati, Tennessee, Arizona and Kentucky - with both sets of Wildcats in the Cavaliers' top half of the draw.

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Regional round games will be hosted in Boston (East), Atlanta (South), Los Angeles (West), and Omaha, Neb., (Midwest). Those two teams were regular-season conference champions and came from behind to preserve their chances at a conference tournament title. The Cyclones enter this year's tournament as the No. 10 seed and will need to prevail again to keep playing next week. By early evening, there will be a 68-team bracket.

Quadrant 1 wins have the most value in the NCAA Tournament selection committee's eyes and Quadrant 4 losses are especially frowned upon. Villanova, under Coach Jay Wright, is displaying consistent excellence.

Eight teams will compete in "first four" games on Tuesday and Wednesday to determine the 16th seed in each region.

The fabled last four in were Arizona State, St. Bonaventure, Syracuse (a team that was not thought even to be on the bubble) and U.C.L.A. With a win, it would advance to play whichever team emerges from the 8-9 matchup between Creighton and Kansas State. No, this year we will be watching just to see if the Irish will be apart of the NCAA Tournament or not.

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To finish the bracket, the NCAA uses an application program to place teams in the proper regions based on mileage from campus, the Lexington Herald-Leader reported.

Selection Sunday is just about here, and there is no better time of year to be a college basketball fan.

Flanery thinks all eight of the teams under consideration got fortunate that there weren't too many upsets in mid-major conferences that could push someone off the bubble.

Challenged about Oklahoma's seed by TBS's Charles Barkley, Rasmussen said, "The games in November count the same as the games in February". New Mexico State's Jemerrio Jones was named the Western Athletic Conference Tournament MVP after averaging 18.3 rebounds and 12.3 points.

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