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NCAA Tournament Selection Sunday

Williams is 26-0 all-time in the NCAA Tournament's round of 64. Here are some things that may have slipped your attention this week. Well, yes there is. And they actually lost to BC too. Davis is making its first NCAA appearance ever. Following that 2011-2012 season, they began the transition up to the DI level. Roy Williams is still the coach, and the top four scorers are all returners, led by ACC Player of the Year Justin Jackson.

In the Norse's first four years, the team was 42-75, and they went 9-21 last season. They'll still be hard to beat.

North Carolina isn't the defending champion and didn't win the ACC, but that doesn't mean they aren't one of the most risky teams in the tournament.

Syracuse was probably the most-debated bubble team leading up to Sunday's announcement. We're going to go back to that. We've seen small schools make Sweet 16 runs before. No stress, no worries, just suspense about who and where they'll be playing. But, most importantly, they have guys who can do this... And after winning the Atlantic Sun, you should make time to watch them next weekend.

Conventional wisdom has Villanova as a lock to be No. 1 overall. The Big East got 11 teams into the 2011 tourney draw. Therefore, that single first-round game eliminated 98 percent of possible flawless bracket contenders.

Despite Jackson's absence, Kansas was expected to easily dispatch the 8-seed, TCU. If you filled out your bracket randomly, by flipping a coin to choose the victor of each game, the odds of your bracket surviving to April 6 without a blemish worse than the odds of you choosing a particular grain of sand from all the beaches on earth. As a result, I now have Kansas State in the field, and Illinois State dropping out.

Stanford are projected to be a #2 seed in the most recent ESPN bracket, but will be handed a tougher draw than most.

One year in my young days in the business world, I was invited to attend a "draft" with a "syndicate" to "purchase" teams that we would follow throughout March Madness. The Tar Heels won the ACC by two games, but were bounced from the conference tournament in the semifinals by Duke. Megan Trinder injured her ACL for the second time early in the campaign and has been out for the majority of the season.

The ACC has widely been viewed as the strongest conference in the country this year. USA TODAY has the Blue Devils as a No. 3 seed in Greenville. But since it looks like the 2017 bracket will be the first to include a 15-loss at-large squad, the Vanderbilt Commodores, it might just be the year when the Selection Committee throws precedent out the window.

It seems commonplace of late for a conference to have eight teams in the tournament.

The college basketball season has reached the pointy end, and that means it's time for the big dance - the NCAA Tournament. But, that doesn't mean that this Shockers team is any less hard to beat. The names to know?

Isaiah Hicks over the last three games has averaged a very impressive 19.7 points per game and 7.3 rebounds per game. This team is talented.


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