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Reward mid-majors for their body of work

For basketball fans, this feature has the potential to be a game-changer for the first two days of the tournament. Now they wait more than a week and hope for an at-large bid.

Our projected final includes a team needing an extra game, which shouldn't be surprising because the ACC is so deep that several teams outside the top four are capable of reaching the title game.

There is no denying that the NCAA Tournament trumps nearly any other sporting event of the year. It's also where the majority of the bubble teams reside, meaning the results of every game in those tournaments can impact who gets into the NCAA tourney and where they're seeded.

We have more ACC Quarterfinals tonight. However, Notre Dame still has some work to do if it wants to keep its season alive beyond the ACC tourney. The same rules apply when you're viewing games through the NCAA March Madness site. "There is always a certain amount of confusion over which teams, especially those on the bubble, will be selected and which will be left out", Jacobson said. Most of the time this is the only way that mid-major conferences can send a team to the tournament. The four winning teams will head to the next stage.

March Madness is fun: it allows those with college allegiances to root for their team around the country, and others to turn on the television and choose a team.

Eighth-ranked Purdue (28-5), the third seed, won its only Big Ten Tournament championship in 2009.

A seed is a rank.

Big Ten teams have a longer layoff than they are accustomed to heading into the NCAA Tournament.

Well here's what their real record is at 18-13: they're really 11-13. And on that front, there is more good news for MI.

The Wolfpack would then go on to win the NCAA Championship as well by beating top-seeded University of Houston; a team that was on a 26-game winning streak and led by future Hall of Famers Clyde Drexler and Hakeem Olajuwon.

So basically, you'll know Arkansas is in the field early, but it still could be 5:45 p.m. before you know who and where the Razorbacks will be playing and what seed they are.

Oklahoma put itself in a precarious position for Selection Sunday, as it lost to Oklahoma State in the Big 12 tournament. In Lunardi's projections, only four teams are in the mix for a tourney berth. — could end up earning No. 1 NCAA seeds.

Arizona (24-7) won the Pac-12 by two games but was far from dominant in the league, its average margin of victory just 7.1 points. And, as UCLA and USC are among Lunardi's last four in, losses in the first round won't help either stay in the field of 68. has been helping handicappers and sports bettors become successful bookies for over 20 years.

Lunardi has them as a No. 11 seed right now, but a loss against Colorado on Wednesday night might let Alabama or someone else slip ahead of them in the rankings.

ESPN predicts Gonzaga to enter as a No. 12 seed in the tournament as WWC champs. That may set the stage for a dynamic performance in the Big 12 Tournament. A loss on Thursday would open the door for some other teams to move into the NCAA tourney picture. "Now all this money they're talking about it is going to go real quickly if we start paying everybody", Barkley said during a CBS-Turner event here previewing tournament coverage.

Games during the first weekend of the tournament will be played in Boise, Charlotte, Dallas, Detroit, Nashville, Pittsburgh, San Diego and Wichita.

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