NCAA Region SOUTH Bracket Matchups and Previews

NCAA Region SOUTH Bracket Matchups and Previews

The 3-point shot has created some of the NCAA Tournament's most memorable moments of the past 30 years.

Over the last two NCAA tournaments No. 15 seeds are 5-3 ATS against No. 2 seeds, and they even pulled an upset past year when Middle Tennessee rocked Michigan State. No. 1 overall seed Villanova headlines the loaded pod, but No. 2 Duke and No. 3 Baylor have also received plenty of attention.

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Villanova played awfully, by their own standards, in the first half of their game against the Pirates, shooting 26.9 percent (7 of 26), including 3 of 13 from 3-point range.

The SWAC Player of the Year, junior guard Zach Lofton leads the team with 17 points per game.

The total has gone over in four of Duke's last five games. "Now it's all about guards", Bourret said. -11 matchup. Maryland coach Mark Turgeon and Xavier's Chris Mack may not choose to have their respective stars guard each other much, but these two can go shot-for-shot in a potential first-round classic. The program won an NCAA Tournament game for the first time since advancing to the Elite Eight and losing to Stanford in 1998. The Rams started the season in the Top 25 but stumbled during the season and actually ended up being a bubble team for the last few weeks. Can No. 2-seeded Duke cover a huge number when it meets 15th-seeded Troy Friday night in Greenville (7:20 pm ET, TBS)?

When it looked like the Blue Devils would pull away, Varnado and company fought back, staying within 15 until Jones-who scored more than 10 points for the first time since late January-and Allen started Duke's 9-0 spurt.

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March Madness is upon us and trying to break down the the 2017 NCAA Tournament bracket was as maddening as ever. "Whenever we play there's going to be noise in the crowd, and we like that". So does Vegas. But I went insane in the West so I guess I have to see Gonzaga in a Final Four before I believe it.

"I think pressure is pressure, so you want to embrace it and try to allow it to make you better", Villanova coach Jay Wright said. "I don't know what was different in this game, but I'm still playing with emotion".

Carolina Tar Heels entered the ACC Tournament in Brooklyn as the No. 1 seed. If they win the first game it's likely they'll play Kansas later in the weekend. "You're a 1 seed, and so you're supposed to win it if you're the 1 seed, right?" SC and Marquette fans were trickling in for their first-round matchup, and there was only one person that got boos. "There's always a premium on skill and on shooting in basketball, always". He was favored by many to be the national Player of the Year, the leader of a national championship team (which would be the second of his career after Allen helped Duke win the title as a freshman), and a possible NBA lottery pick.

Whether you're a Bobcat, Colonial, Catamount or Bulldog, there's almost no doubt you've heard of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament that kicks off in full on Thursday.

With the team's third-best player being Grayson Allen, who averaged 24.6 points per game last March, Duke has more ways to win than any team in the country. I personally don't see them before they take place and thus my bracket is busted. Kentucky's SEC tournament title has them set for a big run here in March. Coach K said "it's not just winning four".

After Barford hit his free throws, Daryl Macon added another to make it a 75-71 game. "When they were coming onto the court, they got a big standing ovation from their crowd". He missed, but Hart had the offensive rebound, and he made a shot to give Villanova a 54-53 lead.