NCAA selection show to start with teams revealed

ANALYSIS How Cameron Johnson has carved out his own role on team

Naw, let's keep this committee around because I have a feeling they're re-writing a lot of Notre Dame wrongs.

America, you need to know about St. Bonaventure and Syracuse. You just see the teams in your bracket, and there are some real quality teams.

The Retrievers, the winners of the American East Conference, will play top-seeded Virginia on Friday in Charlotte. The fact remains that the Longhorns have taken care of ranked teams on several occasions this year though, so they deserve their spot. St. Mary's was left out despite going 28-5 and beating Gonzaga because, Rasmussen said, it did not have enough quality wins, even as he acknowledged that it is structurally hard for teams outside basketball's six power conferences to schedule top nonleague competition.

The victor of No. 7 Texas A&M (20-12) and No. 10 Providence (21-13) awaits in a potential second-round matchup for UNC, which was sent to Charlotte instead of Duke. The BlueJays (21-11) finished 3rd in the Big East during the regular season.

Virginia finds itself as the No. 1 seed in the South Region. Duke was sent to Pittsburgh as the No. 2 seed in the Midwest region. Oh, and it has Oklahoma freshman Trae Young, who has the potential to go on a Steph Curry-like NCAA run. Michigan State, the Big Ten regular-season champ, meets Bucknell on Friday in Detroit.

Providence is a program with a rich NCAA Tournament history, making Final Four appearances in 1973 and 1987.

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REGIONAL FINAL: North Carolina over Gonzaga, in a rematch of the 2017 title game.

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.

As was widely expected, Duke, Miami, Florida, TCU and Creighton all earned at-large bids for very good seasons. The Jays were a No. 6 seed last season, but lost in the first round to Rhode Island.

The Gators have a 42-16 NCAA Tournament record and have advanced to the Elite Eight during five consecutive NCAA appearances, including last season. But after six trips to the Sweet 16 in the last 10 years, they should finally break through for the first Final Four in program history.

The Tigers don't go into the NCAA Tournament the way they might have hoped a month ago, when they had won 21 of 23 games from November 19 to February 14 including 14 straight to end nonconference play and open their SEC slate. Should Virginia win on Friday, it will face the victor of No. 8 seed Creighton (21-11) and No. 9 seed Kansas State (22-11) in the Round of 32 next Sunday.

Arizona repeated as Pac-12 champions with Keanu Pinder playing 9 minutes off the bench, continuing his substitute role for the Wildcats as he looks to end his college career on a high. The Wildcats are 9-2 favorites to win the title, according to VegasInsider.com, with Duke right behind at 5-1.

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