State lands spot in NCAA Tournament

Their nonconference schedule was weak but they own two wins over Baylor, one over West Virginia and Oklahoma State and had two losses to Kansas by a total of five points.

Take a guess as to who Wake Forest will play in its opening game. It would be a disgusting draw for a team that likely deserves better, but that's the committee for you. But a win against MI that ended in a court-length pass from Nathan Taphorn to Dererk Pardon for a buzzer-beating basket - a play similar to the famed Grant Hill heave to Christian Laettner in the 1992 NCAA tournament - erased any doubts and signaled this would be the year. But all four were more deserving than the most prominent teams left out of the field too. Get your dancing shoes ready baby!

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The most outrage this year will emanate from Syracuse, N.Y. and Normal, Ill. While I believe it's pretty much a coin flip on avoiding Dayton, I'll officially predict that the Deacs are forced to make an early week trip to OH to take on USC. "We gotta keep getting better, we're not as good as we can be yet". It also didn't help that Cal mixed in losses to San Diego State, Stanford, Utah and Colorado, all top 100 teams but none ever serious threats to reach the NCAA tournament. The Wildcats were seeded eighth in the West, and will open against Vanderbilt on Thursday.

Over the last 11 tournaments, only twice have all four seeds failed to make it out of their region (2006: No. 3 Florida, No. 2 UCLA, No. 4 LSU and No. 11 George Mason; and 2011: No. 3 UConn, No. 8 Butler, No. 4 Kentucky, No. 11 VCU). Based on the bracket, I'm not sure the 'Cuse would have gotten in regardless.

  • Tabitha Byrd