"I think our guys are excited as well as they should be". Duke is the third-best team by the site's figures, with Division I's third-best offense and seventh-best defense.
To see the entire bracket, visit NCAA.com, where you can also find a printable bracket (PDF). The 6 seeded Gators are in the East region and will face the victor of the St. Bonaventure and UCLA play-in game.
ESPN's Dick Vitale, who annually ramps up the melodrama for some snubbed team, chided the committee for omitting the Cowboys.
Welcome to 2018, where two of the last three teams picked for this tournament not only will win their opening round games - but will then go on to win more games later in the week, and therefore should be showing up on billions of the gazillions of brackets that will be filled out in the coming days by people who will try to line their pockets by winning all those $5 and $10 bills that coworkers happily deposited into the office NCAA Tournament pool.
Duke, runner-up to Atlantic Coast Conference champion Virginia in the regular season, plays Iona on Thursday in Pittsburgh. Despite finishing ahead of Texas in the Big 12, the Bears were not an at large selection, finishing the season 18-14.
Villanova, Kansas and Xavier joined Virginia as the top seeds. Falling out of the tournament would come as a big surprise at the beginning of the season as they were ranked in the top five of the AP Poll in late November. USC had four Quadrant 1 wins while Arizona State had three and was still able to get in.
The Tigers (25-7) were projected as high as a two seed in the NCAA Tournament, but fell in as a four seed after its blowout loss to Alabama in St. Louis.
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Check back for additional information regarding UK's 2018 NCAA Tournament appearance. The Longhorns have lost two of their last four games, including last Thursday's defeat by Texas Tech.
The Shockers (25-7) have the type of roster that can make another deep March run, led by guard Landry Shamut and big man Markis McDuffie.
At the end of the day, it just wasn't enough.
By comparison, Wichita State is a four seed in the East Region and had just three Quadrant 1 victories. The 10th-seeded Bulldogs defeated Villanova this season and lost to the Boilermakers in December. "They can no longer say that the team in the SEC that hasn't been to the NCAA Tournament the longest is Auburn".
TCU won last year's NIT. One came in 2016, when the Wildcats won the national championship.
With a win over Davidson, Kentucky would face the victor of the No. 4 seed Arizona (27-7) vs. Here is a look at the odds to win March Madness and this year's championship. The tournament title was UK's sixth under John Calipari and fourth straight.
Purdue (28-6) is the No. 2 seed and plays 15th-seeded Cal State Fullerton. The worst odds: Nine teams at 1,000-1, including Montana, Belmont and Savannah State.