Settling the higher or lower seed debate of March Madness

NCAA Tournament Best 1-on-1 Matchups of the 1st Round

NCAA Tournament Best 1-on-1 Matchups of the 1st Round

Syracuse over their entire region. "There are teams that may be the best this year". Here are seven to keep an eye on.

Yes, there are always the annual feel-good stories about schools like South Dakota State that allow us to forget the tournament basically functions as a giant piggy bank to enrich the bigger schools while players get little more than pizza money.

The Atlantic Coast Conference player of the year broke out of a shooting slump with 21 points to help the top-seeded Tar Heels roll past Texas Southern 103-64 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament's South Region. They're arguably the most complete team in the field. Their direction on offensive has been lackluster and playing without Chris Boucher will definitely be the downfall for them this year.

SMU will have an edge over whichever team they play in the first round, and as unusual as it sounds, they might be a favourite in Vegas entering a potential second round matchup with No. 3 seed Baylor.

Head coach Mike Krzyzewski is the type of leader that Duke needs to make a run in the tournament.

"Hopefully, it should be a good amount of dunks for us, not for them, but we'll see how it goes".

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America, meet Marcus Marshall and Cameron Oliver. At this point, you're just going to get so much energy from the outside, from how big the games are-win or go home-from the media, the crowd. Oliver scored 27 points in the Mountain West semifinals and then followed it up with a four-point, 14-rebound performance in the final.

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Subscribe to the podcast on iTunes by CLICKING HERE. He has committed only 35 turnovers in Iowa State's 33 games, and has four points-assists double-doubles this season. Pre-tournament, the Ducks ranked No. 9 in the Ratings Percentage Index (RPI).

With the team's third-best player being Grayson Allen, who averaged 24.6 points per game last March, Duke has more ways to win than any team in the country. Do not be surprised to see this team in the Sweet 16.

The NCAA Tournament is underway, and it's one of my favorite sports stretches of the year. But they aren't beating North Carolina.

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"I mean it's huge", said Luke Kennard, who finished with 20 points. "And it was actually pretty smooth".

A look at some interesting things in Thursday's opening round the NCAA Tournament. This year's field has multiple championship caliber teams, but one team stands out from the rest: The University of North Carolina.

MI vs. Oklahoma State, Midwest Region, Friday in Indianapolis. The Wildcats have come back even stronger after winning the national championship, led by Josh Hart's 18.7 points per game and 40.8 percent shooting from three-point range. The Golden Gophers weren't even the best team in their conference, yet they're a higher seed than Big Ten rivals No. 8 Wisconsin and No. 6 Maryland. Perhaps. But, again, what is more indicative of their true talent level: The 34 games that preceded yesterday, or a sloppy victory in the first round of the NCAA tournament?

So Troy is making its first appearance in the NCAA tournament since 2003. However, their side of the bracket has them potentially going against the Kentucky Wildcats or UCLA in the Final Eight round, all of the teams that could/should be in the final four. Kentucky is nearly always in the national championship conversation.

While it's easy to look at the matchup and scream "Dunk City is back baby" at the top of your lungs, that isn't really the case.

In more ways than one. Two, this game isn't really about FGCU so much as their opponent, Florida State. "I have to come out and do the same thing for a whole season".

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