Villanova top seed in NCAA Tournament; Syracuse not selected

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"The win against Notre Dame in the ACC title game was their 13th against a team that will wind up with an at-large bid (assuming bubble teams Wake Forest and Rhode Island wind up with bids, as reasonably expected by most prognosticators)".

Villanova (31-3) won the NCAA title past year in a remarkable game that ended with Wildcats forward Kris Jenkins hitting a game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer to give his team the title.

The Wildcats won mostly on the strength of their defense. They weren't enough to make up for all the bad, however. They ended as the fourth-ranked squad in the AP standings.

Last year, Villanova didn't have things easy.

The NCAA Tournament is next week.

Villanova will likely be a 1-seed, and maybe the top seed overall.

The win put TCU squarely back in the bubble conversation.

The Wildcats are fine-tuned, humble and all in lockstep for a championship which would catapult them to an elevated place in their sport's history.

"It was definitely hard, I'm not going to lie", he said.

Utah State got bounced out by Nevada in the quarterfinals of the Mountain West tournament, and Southern Utah lost (to Weber State) in the quarterfinals of the Big Sky tourney.

Some of college basketball's strongest title contenders and most exciting players reside on the West Coast - and, because of that, are setting up a fascinating scenario at the Pac-12 tournament.

Another team will be experiencing the joys of hearing their name called on Selection Sunday for the first time. At the same time, you probably don't want to have any more than two No. 1 seeds making it to Phoenix. I think everyone else-with the possible exception of TCU-would pass Syracuse for that final slot by achieving the above scenarios.

Saturday, 8:20 p.m.: As Villanova freshman guard Donte DiVincenzo is interviewed postgame, student manager Matt O'Neill removes his temporary name tag from his stall in the Knicks' locker room.

"I just told coach, whatever you need me to do".

With a senior trio of Hart, Kris Jenkins (who added 14 points Saturday) and Darryl Reynolds, as well as Jalen Brunson (17 points Saturday) - who is emerging into a star - this group has been battled tested and knows what it takes to reach the finish line.

"And here's the thing with Duke's eight losses - there are caveats to majority".

As for Boeheim's future, there's no way he's ending his career on an NIT note, so if SU doesn't make the NCAAs, it's practically a guarantee he will return for the final season of his contract.

When asked by The Comeback what the team's biggest obstacle is going forward, Wright said it's about staying humble and dealing with all the attention the team's going to receive over the coming weeks.

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