“March Madness” 68 Teams will Participate

Selection underway

“March Madness” 68 Teams will Participate

The selection is underway.  We know the number one seeds in each division.

LOUISVILLE (Midwest region), KANSAS (South region), INDIANA (East region), and GONZAGA (West region).

Automatic wins went to the winners of this weekend’s divisional tournament winners.

Murphy Holloway scored 23 points and Marshall Henderson had 21 as the Rebels of Old Miss gave coach Andy Kennedy his first NCAA tournament berth by upsetting 13th-ranked Florida 66-63 on Sunday for the Southeastern Conference tournament championship.

“We worked so hard to get to this point, and it just feels so good to celebrate with the guys in the locker room,” Rebels senior guard Nick Williams said. “I don’t know man. I’m at a loss for words.”

Miami is not just a football school anymore.  They defeated North Carolina for the ACC Championship 87-77.

“We want more,” senior Julian Gamble said. “After we clinched the outright regular-season title at home and we (cut down the nets), we were like, ‘Wasn’t that the funnest thing you’ve ever done?’ We wanted to go to Greensboro and do it again.”

Top-seeded Saint Louis (27-6) led 45-32 with less than 12 minutes left, and VCU was in all sorts of foul trouble. But the second-seeded Rams can erase a deficit as quickly as any team in the country, and VCU was within a point three minutes later.  They held on to win their first Atlantic 10 tourney title with a 62-56 victory.

Coach Rick Majerus died in December after being hospitalized for several months, and fans chanted his name as the players celebrated the title.

In a game that was close for the first 35 minutes, Ohio State won the Big Ten by beating Wisconsin 50-43.

The Buckeyes (26-7) were rewarded with a No. 2 seed in the West Region for the NCAA tournament and a second-round game in Dayton, Ohio, against Iona. Wisconsin is in the same region, with the fifth-seeded Badgers to play Ole Miss in their first game in Kansas City, Mo.

Check all the final selections to see if your favorite team will be one of the 68.

If the regular season was any indication, March Madness will be just that.  See you Thursday.

James Turnage

Columnist-The Guardian Express

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