NCAA Tournament 2018 Preview: Virginia faces tough road in the South

Darin HammondMar 13, 2018

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But the Hokies' most prominent win was almost three weeks later when they outlasted top-ranked Virginia, 61-60, at John Paul Jones Arena.

Tech's second straight appearance in the Big Dance certainly reflects the fine work done by Williams and his staff over the course of the past four seasons.

Rasmussen said USC didn't get in because it beat only two teams in the NCAA Tournament field, automatic qualifiers New Mexico State and Cal State Fullerton.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander made some ridiculous plays over the course of the SEC Tournament championship game that did a lot to fuel the University of Kentucky's 77-72 win over Tennessee. Alabama 19-15 overall, is the ninth seed.

Tech takes on a Crimson Tide team that features Collin Sexton, a potential top-five NBA Draft pick. They led Miami by 12 late in the first half before falling, 69-68, on Ja'Quan Newton's running 30-footer at the buzzer in Coral Gables, Fla., and were in front of visiting Louisville by 10 also late in the first half of a 75-68 loss. "You want to take it up to the highest show in college basketball, which is the NCAA Tournament", fifth-year senior guard Devin Wilson said after the team watched the selection show.

Overall, it was a somewhat frustrating, up and down season for Tide fans. The Volunteers are beatable, but they're going to be a tough out.

Asked how much tradition can help at this time of year, Calipari quipped: "If he were about 6-11 and could block shots, that guy "Tradition" would be really good for us".

How they falter: Teams key in on Sexton, holding him to fewer than his season average, and the Crimson Tide just don't have enough to make up for his offensive absence, as they go quietly sometime in the first weekend. He now has the Shockers primed for a March run with its aggressive defense and efficient offense.

"I think right now he's playing his best basketball because he's one of our leaders", Kentucky forward Kevin Knox said.

Ten different players have started games for Alabama this season.

In the three games of the tourney, he also averaged five rebounds and 6.7 assists. 19 ppg, 110 assists.

Ayton had a spectacular Pac-12 Tournament in Las Vegas, averaging 24.7 points, 12.7 rebounds and two blocks over three games.

The 5-12 games are always a popular one for upsets. Petty was another good freshman signing for Avery Johnson.

Shooting would end up being the deciding factor in the game, as Kentucky knocked down 50 percent of its shots while the Vols only shot 37 percent from the field.

Arizona experienced one of the most freakish 48-hour stretches that any program has seen a couple weeks ago.

In Columbia at 5:11 p.m., coach Cuonzo Martin cracked a smile and held his left fist in the air, a subdued celebration for the confirmation - Mizzou was in.

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