Pressure is mounting for Big 12 to win in NCAA Tournament

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Pressure is mounting for Big 12 to win in NCAA Tournament

"Sometimes, now we've got a 1 seed, we've got to play to that seed". The WNIT also announced its 64-team bracket, giving the Pac-12 a total of seven postseason teams. Oklahoma was a controversial choice for one of the last at-large bids and sits as a 1.5-point underdog against the Rams, while Kentucky is a consensus six-point favorite over Davidson after winning the SEC tournament for the fourth straight season.

It has become an undeniable trend that at least one First Four team goes on to win at least one more game. But the 6-foot-3 junior is rich in experience, which should bode well for Villanova throughout the tournament. The official WNIT bracket will be announced later tonight on twitter @WomensNIT. Those who do not pay a lot of attention to the NCAA will do well to keep their eyes open on the following teams as they are expected to make it to the final rounds.

The last two years, SportsLine's computer simulation correctly predicted nine out of 12 double-digit NCAA Tournament upsets in the first round with their computer algorithm.

Ninth-ranked UCLA (24-7) is the No. 3 seed in the Kansas City Regional.

Without Udoka Azubuike, Kansas was left short-handed in the post, but Silvio De Sousa showed up big for the Jayhawks, putting up 16 points and 10 rebounds to give the Jayhawks some inside presence. Take away Kansas, and the Big 12's record during the last 10 years drops from 79-61 to 51-52. It makes for what looks like one of the toughest brackets to predict in tournament history.

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The Big 12 placed two teams in the Final Four in back-to-back seasons - OU and Kansas in 2002, Texas and Kansas in 2003 - followed by OSU in the 2004 Final Four. The Ramblers obviously have a hard game against Miami in the first round, and there may be no tougher team than Tennessee. No. 12-seed FCGU (30-4). Each round, players select which games will reach a combined 60 points the fastest for an opportunity to win a Lexus-inspired luxury trip for four to Las Vegas during tournament time next season.

Michigan State University (29-4, 16-2 Big Ten) has been one of the best teams in the country this season, and the numbers prove it. "There's always a 14 seed making it all the way to the elite 8 or the sweet 16 or something like that".

East Region: No. 10 Butler over No. 7 Arkansas.

Hurley, the explosive point guard who led the Blue Devils to back-to-back national championships in 1991-92, is the third-year coach of Arizona State, which plays Syracuse on Wednesday night in a First Four play-in game.

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There is a lingering question about Azubuike's health going into the NCAA Tournament, however.

When the matchups were being released on Sunday evening, I immediately realized that this year's bracket could be a challenging one to fill out.

Kevin Ollie's seventh-seeded UConn team won the 2014 title in his first tournament as a head coach.

As fans gets their brackets ready for the NCAA Tournament and March Madness, some trends are starting to emerge as the most popular Final Four picks this year only include two 1-seeds. Every round of the NCAA Tournament will be televised on the ESPN Network. Fellow freshman G John Petty, who is averaging 10.1 points per game is the logical choice, but he's been highly inconsistent this year and may struggle against a balanced Virginia Tech team. Sexton sort of has that Kemba Walker/Shabazz Napier feel to him entering this year's NCAA Tournament, and his team's first-round matchup against the Hokies should be a great one.

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