Hewitt: Advice for filling out your NCAA tournament bracket

Paola Ditto
Marzo 15, 2018

It's March and the Madness is beginning.

Only 13 times in NCAA Tournament history has a conference placed at least 70 percent of its teams in the field. It's happened every single year since the concept was introduced in 2011, when VCU went from the First Four to the Final Four.

March is a dreadfully boring time during the American sports calendar. Your eyeballs become painfully aware that television was not meant to be watched eight hours a day. The previous coach to win it all as a newbie was Steve Fisher, who was promoted at MI in 1989 after Bill Frieder was famously fired after he agreed to take another job following the season. I had Virginia in the Final Four, but the injury to Deandre Hunter caused me to make the switch. "So they can beat us". Delgado is fifth in the country in rebounding at a hefty average of 11.6 per game.

As a matter of fact, the Quakers last played in the NCAA tournament 11-years ago.

The Arizona State Sun Devils come into the game with a 20-11 record on the season.

No. 5 Duke vs.

How about the 1995-96 season when Princeton defeated defending champion UCLA in an NCAA Tournament opener as Gabe Lewullis hit a backdoor layup with four seconds left for an eventual 43-41 victory. Clemson has a stellar starting five, with all of their players averaging double-digit points, but struggle with finding help off of the bench. That game is scheduled to tip off at 9:10 p.m. The top scorer for Arizona State was Tra Holder with 18.4 per game. They carry a nine-game win streak into the tournament. Six of the aforementioned eight teams turned out far ahead of how they were pegged by preseason projections, with oddsmakers consequently slicing their future odds significantly.

No. 4 Georgia vs. They've won multiple games in which they trailed by double-digits including two comebacks against conference rival West Virginia.

The College of Charleston (26-7) are coming from winning the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament title over the Huskies.

The Hawkeyes surrendered 78.1 points per game and ranked 245th in adjusted defensive efficiency this season according to Ken Pomeroy's (KenPom.com) metric. The other game features host and second-seeded Texas (26-6) versus No. 15 ME (23-9), with the second-round clash scheduled for Monday. NMSU is a tournament team, one that has won 85 percent of its games - including against Miami and Davidson.

For the most part, March Madness is locked down behind a paid TV subscription, while clips and highlights will be available online. Despite the obvious miscarriage of cosmic justice that resulted in a Badger-less tournament, it is Read...

No. 9 seed Florida State minus-1 vs. South Dakota State has an All-American candidate in big man Mike Daum. Their game against Wichita State in the semifinals was one of the best of the college season, and the battle against Cincinnati in the final was nearly entirely about which team could survive the attrition. They make over 10 a game, but they also share the ball as well as anybody.

Bonus: Check out each region preview linked below for Final Four picks, star players to watch and more. McCollum dropped in 30 points for Lehigh as they upset No. 2 seed Duke in 2012.

No. 7 Green Bay vs.

Elsewhere, the Rhode Island Rams are two-point favorites against the Oklahoma Sooners with a 158 total in a Thursday matchup in Pittsburgh.

It feels as if there is a soft underbelly in this year's NCAA Tournament. No fewer than a dozen of the 68 teams in the tournament have been named either in the FBI investigation or in media reports that allege coaches and others have directed payments and improper benefits to recruits and players - thus, breaking rules that go to the core of the amateur-sports code that defines and regulates both the NCAA and the "student-athletes" who make this billion-dollar business run.

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