March Madness Begins with the NCAA Tournament Selection Show


After rolling through the regular season and ACC tournament with only two losses, the University of Virginia is the overall No. 1 seed in this year's NCAA men's basketball tournament.

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Rick Barnes is heading back to where he spent a good chunk of his career. The Highlanders picked up three wins prior to the Big South Tournament, where they defeated Liberty on a Carlik Jones buzzer beater to take the championship.

No. 25 RHODE ISLAND 76, VCU 67:Jeff Dowtin scored 18 points and top-seeded Rhode Island (24-6) survived a challenge in the Atlantic 10 quarterfinals in Washington.

The tournament begins Tuesday with opening-round games featuring a matchup of bubble teams UCLA and St. Bonaventure, then kicks into full swing Thursday and Friday at eight sites around the country. The Tar Heels are 33-1 in NCCA games played in their home state.

Vols fans had been hoping their impressive season would get them assigned to Nashville, about a three-hour drive from their Knoxville campus.

Dodge has been named to the ACC Academic Honor Roll on three occasions and last season was both a Tar Heel Scholar-Athlete and member of the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association All-Academic Team.

"If you leave anything NCAA Tournament in the committee's hands, you're in trouble".

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The four No. 1 seeds and the rest of the 68-team field for the 2018 tournament were announced Sunday afternoon on the TBS selection show. Those three have combined for 39 Final Four appearances. It will be the 22nd time Duke and North Carolina play in the ACC Tournament. The victor advances to Sunday's second round, to face either No. 8 seed Creighton or No. 9 seed Kansas State. Providence erased a 17-point hole in the second half to beat top-seeded Xavier to reach the final.

Duke Blue Devils forward Marvin Bagley III (35) drives with the ball against Notre Dame Fighting Irish forward Bonzie Colson (35) and Notre Dame Fighting Irish guard Rex Pflueger (0).

ST. LOUIS - Jordan Bone scored 19 points to help spark a hot-shooting first half for Tennessee, which beat Arkansas in the Southeastern Conference Tournament semifinals.

Louisville had a chaotic season mired by the firings of coach Rick Pitino and AD Tom Jurich amid the Federal Bureau of Investigation case. Each of those teams is playing more like a two seed right now when you take into account their respective talent base and the level that they're performing at.

The FBI corruption investigation into the sport led to an assistant coach being criminally charged and ultimately fired, and raised questions about coach Sean Miller's job security.

Boeheim talked about relying too heavily on four freshmen and Paschal Chukwu, a junior, who has "never played a whole season".

Coach LeVelle Moton of the Eagles lost all five starters from last season but got back to the NCAA Tournament for the second straight season. For instance, Louisville has lost its coach (Rick Pitino), athletic director (Tom Jurich) and latest national title (2013) in the culmination of scandals that have slammed that program for the better part of this decade.

The Atlantic Coast Conference leads the way with nine teams in the field.