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Villanova favored to Win NCAA Tournament 3/11/18 — March Madness Odds

Villanova favored to Win NCAA Tournament 3/11/18 — March Madness Odds

"No. 1 Conference RPI", the scrolling words read during the Big 12 Conference tournament. The selection process is somewhat subjective, with arguments that can be made in favor of and against those bubble teams.

This will be one of the most anticipated Selection Sunday shows in recent Notre Dame history. "Beating elite competition, regardless of where the game is played, will always be important to the committee, but these new quadrants redefine its definition of a quality win".

Turner will handle things differently.

"Talk is cheap. I say that all the time", Johnson said.

Basically, it's a sorting tool.

Or will the committee consider that Louisville is 0-11 against the RPI's Top 50 teams? Instead of grouping results simply by how opponents stand in the Rating Percentage Index, the NCAA is emphasizing results in road and neutral-site games. Quadrant 3 and Quadrant 4 games continue along this trend. The four lowest seeds will also face off in the other First Four games. But still, UM has six quadrant 1 victories. The 10-member committee met in NY and began combing through the tools at its disposal.

And yet, it's hard to imagine there weren't some sighs of relief in the NCAA offices when some bubble teams' names were left out of the field.

According to Kenpom.com, the Bruins are the 5th tallest team in the NCAA. UVA won the ACC regular season and tournament titles this year, posting a 31-2 overall record. All votes are done by secret ballot. We looked at the double-digit seeds and tried to find out.

Those seeds aren't locked in and can be moved by a majority vote. "Why does this team show real well in the metrics, but when you watch them you're not quite bought into it?" Nine of the league's 10 teams are up for consideration.

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Traditionally, teams with RPIs above 70 don't make the field. Consider Middle Tennessee State and Arizona State. But our body of work speaks for itself, and I think we have a good shot at getting in just because of our resume.

"I feel bad for our group of seniors", UNC Asheville coach Nick McDevitt said after his team was upset last week in the Big South semifinals.

Virginia, which began the season unranked in The Associated Press poll, might be considered the prohibitive favorite, as much as the notoriously anarchic tournament can be said to have one.

De Sousa had 16 points on 8 of 8 shooting while grabbing 10 rebounds, and Malik Newman added 20 points to cap a phenomenal tournament, lifting the Jayhawks (27-7) to their 11th tournament title and a likely No. 1 seed when the NCAA Tournament bracket is revealed Sunday. Rinse and repeat until all 68 teams are seeded.

The committee chair will get down to the final teams and ask members to rank their top four, much like the ESPN panel did on College GameDay Saturday morning.

"The advantage is your fans get an opportunity to come see you play", Self said. There are, however, several geographical exceptions. It also features arguably the nation's most electric player in Trae Young, who led Oklahoma in as a No. 10 seed despite going 2-8 down the stretch. With the show moving off network television for the first time in over three decades, executives can expect more of the same this year.

It continues to be hard for mid-major conferences to place their teams. So when it's time to place team No. 17, the program determines which location is closest without the aforementioned conflicts.

The 2018 Selection Sunday Show will air live on TBS on Sunday, March 11, at 6pm ET. What are we supposed to think of this?

Isabella covers the Big 12 for CNHI Sports.

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