That should also be the case this season, as the 2018 NIT may feature three teams that made the NCAA tournament last year, won its regular-season title this year but didn't come home with the conference trophy (Middle Tennessee, Florida Gulf Coast and Northern Kentucky). But not even the Spartans could slow Michigan's roll, as the Wolverines defeated their intrastate rival by 11 to set up a Championship Game against No. 8-ranked Purdue.
In a recent interview with The Associated Press, Emmert said he expects the NCAA will receive recommendations in April from the commission led by former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice seeking ways to reform and modernize rules in college basketball.
"There won't be as much drama throughout the first 45 minutes about the bubble teams, but there will still be a lot of intrigue about who's playing who, what sites they're going to and what the future matchups are throughout the brackets", Bryant said.
ASU (11 seed)- For the Sun Devils, a win over Colorado gets them in and a loss would leave them out of the NCAA Tournament. We all have a favorite team that we are hoping goes all the way. But the Cavaliers kept up their strong play, defeating the Cardinals by 17 to set up a semifinals game against the victor of Clemson and Boston College.
Perhaps the biggest shock of the entire week of conference tournament play was seeing the Blue Raiders lose to Southern Miss in the Conference USA quarterfinals. Because of that match-up, this is must-win game for Alabama, or else they will have about a 50/50 shot to make the tournament.
It's been that way in college basketball since federal prosecutors announced in September that they had charged 10 men, including assistant coaches at Arizona, Auburn, USC and Oklahoma State along with a top Adidas executive, in the fraud and bribery scandal. Because if your beloved Wildcats/Tigers/Salukis are like the "Miracle on Ice" U.S. hockey team and pull off two stunners and you didn't pick them, you will feel like a chump. Win that game and the Bruins are in easily.
West Virginia is looking to push their season record against Baylor to 3-0 with a win tonight.
That includes Michigan State star Miles Bridges, who was cleared to play after donating $40 to charity for reinstatement after his family had dinner with an agent last winter without his knowledge.
Let's dump all these silly conference tournaments, award automatic bids to the real champions and get on with the tournament that really matters a week earlier.
Wichita State has more than held its own after moving over from the Missouri Valley and, barring a loss to Houston in the semifinals, will likely get a deciding third game with Cincinnati.
So far, chalk has reigned in most of the conference tournaments.
The Friars are among Lunardi's last four byes, but they are in a precarious position as the Big East's No. 5 seed entering the tournament. "We went and played high-level opponents on the road and on neutrals". The betting odds are extremely close for these four schools, meaning we should witness a very entertaining SEC Tournament. Body of work matters to the selection committee, but I think a team headed into March Madness on the upswing makes a significant difference. The Wildcats have had a rollercoaster of a season.
Louisville, which defeated MI in the '13 title game, was the last conference postseason victor (Big East at the time) to capture the NCAA championship.
The Big Ten's bubble teams can only watch now while other schools get a chance to impress the selection committee.