Big Ten enters unusually long layoff between tournaments

Erica Roy
March 10, 2018

After years of researching every team for the Tribune's Selection Sunday package, my advice is don't over think it.

Now college basketball's other top conferences are heading into their tournaments. The Jayhawks will want to do everything they can to try to claim a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament, and Graham's play will be a huge factor in whether they manage it.

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Louisville Cardinals - The Cardinals are getting ready to play in this week's ACC Tournament in Brooklyn, N.Y. UofL is the No. 9-seeded team in the bracket and will play No. 8-seeded Florida St. on Wednesday at 12 p.m. ET in the second round of the tournament.

The Big Ten teams could benefit from a little extra time off. Purdue's Vincent Edwards sprained his left ankle in practice a couple of weeks ago and noted how sore it was after playing three games in three days.

Villanova got a lot of the publicity and talk about No. 1 seeds, but it was Xavier who won the Big East's regular season title. With a loss, I would put Oklahoma in, but I am not sure if the committee would do the same, so it would be a waiting game for the Sooners. The Tar Heels also hold 10 wins against FPI top-50 teams and only one loss to a team outside the top 50. It is insane to say that ASU may not make it when they have two top-ten wins this year (Xavier and Kansas).

That's why the Vols were keeping their eyes focused on bigger prizes even as they celebrated their SEC title.

Baylor (Last 4 In)- Baylor's first game in the Big 12 Tournament is against West Virginia.

This is the eighth straight year of Turner Sports and CBS Sports' marriage of broadcasting the NCAA Tournament.

Elsewhere on the bubble, Notre Dame and Syracuse each won on the first day of the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament to keep their hopes alive. Now they got 10, 11 or 12, depending on winning and losing.

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They should bet on the teams they like right now before odds go down while betting limits rise.

Expect a renewed focus from coach Dan Hurley's squad and a return to the form that produced a 16-game win streak midway through the season.

"Every year, we think about how we can present the tournament in a new, innovative and creative way", CBS Sports chairman Sean McManus said.

Marquette (Out)- Marquette won the must-win game against Creighton that I mentioned in the last update, setting them up in a great spot.

The only thing up for grabs between the Big East rivals is the order of seeding, which could flip if Xavier beats Villanova in the Big East tournament final. That's no guarantee to happen, though, since in the semifinals they would likely meet a Davidson team that they needed three overtimes to beat at home on February 27.

USC (Out)- USC is a two seed in the PAC 12 Tournament, which gives them many opportunities to win the game or two they need to increase their chances to make the NCAA Tournament. But all these teams around them are still going to play. He told USA Today, "I don't know why there'd be an uproar".

"Michigan is playing really well and are going to make a deep run in the NCAA tournament".

The week's biggest fall belonged to Rhode Island.

If you would like to get the printable NCAA Tournament brackets for 2018, you can get them from the official source at, CBS Sports, and we have one posted for you here as well.

For Michigan and Michigan State, there is no doubt about inclusion in the field. Although TBS is airing Selection Sunday, you can't beat a network to follow with the history of covering March Madness like CBS.

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