Published: Wed, March 15, 2017
Sport | By Scott Davis

UNC men's basketball earns No. 1 seed in NCAA Tournament

UNC men's basketball earns No. 1 seed in NCAA Tournament

The Huskies are an overwhelming favorite to capture their 12th national championship.

Senior guard Imani Tate (19.1 points) is Albany's leading scorer and scored 21 points against Maine, She has 1,743 career points, and averaged 4.9 rebounds and 3.9 assists this season. "I think you have to score to advance more times than not", said former University of Georgia coach Andy Landers, who now works as an analyst for ESPN. "We heard about that every single day and that kind of motivated us and pushed us forward".

Perhaps the biggest surprise of the region though was the fact that Maryland, which has been considered one of the top teams in the nation all season, received a No. 3 seed.

There was some media speculation heading into Selection Sunday as to whether or not Duke's run to the ACC Tournament championship would knock UNC off the 1 line. Mississippi State, which is coming off a loss to SC in the SEC Tournament and two losses to close out the Bulldogs' regular season, received the No. 2 seed and will open against Sun Belt champion Troy.

"How will this team react in a big, big, big situation, when it's their first time facing elimination?" They've been in the field ever year. Unlike the past few years where it nearly seemed a foregone conclusion that UConn would win the title, the Huskies weren't the favorite coming into the season with big losses to graduation. Will last year's run with an nearly identical record be enough to sway the committee?

Syracuse (21-10) will head to Storrs as an eighth seed.

The championship game is scheduled for April 2. "I said, 'Let's remember that and make sure we're focused this year like we were last year'".

Minnesota. The Golden Gophers struggled away from home (7-6) but did play in a tough Big Ten Conference.

Ohio State would likely have had a stronger seed were it not for its quick exit from the conference tournament. Maryland (30-2) comes in ranked No. 4. Syracuse has always been slotted in as a six-seed in the Lexington region on ESPN's projections.

"I'm just going to enjoy having the opportunity to play Duke", Person said.

Not that you shouldn't pick UConn in your bracket pool. And this is the next opportunity. This will be the 11th season in program history Washington has hosted a tournament game.

The Alabama Crimson Tide men's team did not earn an invitation to the NCAA tournament, but they will be participating in the NIT.

The top-seeded Wolf Pack (28-6) claimed the league's automatic bid and took home their first conference tournament title since 2006, when they were in the Western Athletic Conference. 6 seed North Carolina State or 11 seed Auburn faces the victor of that game in the Round of 32. "Duke might struggle with more physical opponents, and could face one should top-seeded Villanova suffer an early-round upset".

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