Jay Bilas Says Michigan State Should Be A No. 1 Seed

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MI is one of the nation's hottest teams with a nine-game win streak after taking the Big Ten tournament crown in consecutive seasons. Not even a sniff at the WNIT. Last season, UConn came into the NCAAs as the overwhelming favorite before their 111-game winning streak ended with a loss to Mississippi State in the Final Four.

But as soon as their name flashed on the screen, the anxiety changed to celebration with a rousing chorus of "We going dancing!" over and over and over again.

Third-seeded MI also wanted to play down I-96 but instead was sent to Wichita, Kan. And No. 11 St. Bonaventure, should it survive a play-in game with UCLA, looks particularly unsafe. The SEC is next with eight teams, though its best-seeded team is Tennessee at No. 3. But even in their uncertainty there was an unspoken confidence.

"If you're a basketball fan, it should be an exciting tournament", he said.

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Garrison Brooks made a pair of free throws with 11:43 to play to cut the deficit to 48-46. Williams says, "They're the No. 1 team in the country".

No. 6 Ohio State will now face No. 5 Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind. for the Big Ten Championship, which takes place on Saturday. So I thought it was a little more our offense than our defense. The Bison beat Arkansas as a 9-seed the next year for their only other NCAA victory. We did individual work.

The biggest crutch in Simpson's game continues to be his free throw shooting, converting on just under 52 percent of his attempts this year.

(8) Seton Hall vs. (9) N.C. State - This I think is a tremendous matchup between two teams that are much better than where they are seeded.

When picking a champion, think football: Of the past 27 champions, only three - UConn in 1999 and 2014 and Villanova in 2016 - won without being a football-playing member of a power conference at the time.

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The ACC got nine teams in the NCAA tournament.

The Skinny: The Bison won the Patriot League by four games and after a bit of a challenge in the league tournament opener, earned their second straight berth with 31- and 29-point wins.

In that championship game, senior Stephanie Reid went down with an ankle injury with about five minutes left to play.

"I will be by Friday or Saturday", she replied with a smile. "Yeah we're in, but we've been there before and we want to go further".

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And the Bulls want to show the world what Buffalo women's basketball is all about. "That was my ultimate goal the day I got this job: Can we make this a consistent victor?" "It's a game", Legette-Jack said. "We're pretty good, too". We take that very seriously.