Colin Cowherd explains why Florida is his NCAA Tournament dark horse

No. 3 seed Michigan State to open NCAA Tournament vs. No. 14 seed Bucknell in Detroit

No. 3 seed Michigan State to open NCAA Tournament vs. No. 14 seed Bucknell in Detroit

Once again, the Virginia Cavaliers - the No. 1 overall seed in the tournament - are the unanimous No. 1 team in the nation.

Whatever the reason, there's going to be a whole bunch of howling. MI will have had 10 full days off inbetween winning the conference tournament and their upcoming first-round contest.

"This is a Big Ten team in name only and I think the committee is smart enough to see that", ESPN's Joe Lunardi said last week.

While Izzo expressed a sense of joy, and maybe a bit of relief, on Sunday after the team received a favorable venue, he acknowledged the focal areas the team needed some refreshing in during the time off. Izzo said most of the teaching points at practice during the last week have been centered on the offense. "The truth is, there is no case". It's looking more and more like a season in which a program will get its first national title and/or a team seeded below #4 and above #8 might win it all. Alabama. Texas. Baylor. Oklahoma. I like the Rams in this games as they have been the more consistent team this season. "Not that you need any motivation this time of year".

MI head coach John Beilein, left, celebrates with forward Moritz Wagner after the Wolverines defeated Purdue to win the championship of the Big Ten Tournament. Their only quadrant 1 victory of the season came against MI. But when Selection Monday came around, the University at Buffalo women's basketball was left out of every postseason tournament.

There is another situation that may prompt even more howling than the exclusion of Nebraska. That's not good news for Villanova, Xavier, Cincinnati, Gonzaga, Wichita State and Houston. However, Purdue seems to be the Big Ten team destined for a two-seed.

Last appearance: 2017, lost to Kansas in the second round. But Lunardi has the Sooners in the NCAA field and not the Cowboys. "And we believe that if you go on the court anybody has an opportunity to win and why not us and why not now".

Michigan State will be the #3 seed in the Midwest Region for the NCAA Tournament, and will play #14 seed Bucknell on Friday at Little Caesars Arena.

Kind of takes some of the fun out of it, doesn't it?

If it beats the Titans, a team that has attempted the ninth-fewest 3-pointers in Division I, Purdue will face the victor of Butler-Arkansas.

But the Spartans have not shot better than 50 percent in each of their last five games, including in their last outing against the Wolverines, during which the team shot just 38 percent, its worst shooting mark of the season. The ACC has nine teams in the field, matching the record it set a year ago.

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