NCAA bracketology: The latest on where Clemson stands

Posted March 12, 2018

They beat Virginia Tech and Florida State twice. The avidity for the actual tournament is still there, but casual fans don't necessarily need a long reveal show in this day and age.

Thirty-two of the teams in the field will have already clinched spots through conference tournament championships. In can be done as UCLA has had four 3+ wins streaks this season, but that was not in the tournament.

If the Cavaliers take care of business in the first round, they will take on either No. 8 Creighton or No. 9 Kansas State the following Sunday. The SEC received five bids last season but only three in 2016.

Wright, who became Villanova's career wins lead in the Big East Tournament, has the Wildcats rolling behind their B-listers: Big East player of the year Jalen Brunson, all-Big East pick Mikal Bridges and national title game leading scorer Phil Booth. But due to varying reasons, they are still safe selections for at least the early rounds. And of those seven, only two of those games were away from home. Petteway was on Nebraska's last NCAA Tournament team in 2014, and he's now playing professionally in Greece. That's quite a climb for a team that started the year picked to finish 13th in the SEC.

The Pac-12 tied the American Athletic Conference and the Atlantic 10 with only three teams in the tournament but could wind up with only one team left standing among the final 64. Duke was sent to Pittsburgh as the No. 2 seed in the Midwest region. The victor will be the No. 16 seed in the East and will face No. 1 seed Villanova on Thursday in Pittsburgh.

Virginia Tech is well coached by Buzz Williams. They are in the 68-team field for the second straight year.

During Selection Sunday, it was announced No. 16 UMBC will face off against No. 1 Virginia in the first round in Charlotte Friday. The Virginia win was in Charlottesville. The 10th-seeded Bulldogs defeated Villanova this season and lost to the Boilermakers in December. Their record is 21-11 on the season.

There are always sleepers, mid-major surprises, and bubble teams that sneak in and go from the First Four to possibly the Final Four. There has been no official word but insiders believe Donta Hall will be medically cleared before Thursday.