The Bonnies had won 13 straight games before that and their season resume also includes wins over fellow NCAA Tournament teams Syracuse and regular-season splits with Rhode Island and Davidson. But you also can't count out North Carolina after back-to-back Final Four runs. Marshall was an assistant at Marshall - or was it Marshall employed Marshall as an assistant? - from 1996 to 1998.
The Tide beat seven NCAA Tournament teams for a total of nine wins. Marshall earned an automatic berth as the Conference USA Tournament champion and is going to its first NCAA Tournament since 1987.
With a #9 seed, K-State has to head 1,000 miles east to play a team that's only about three hours away from Manhattan. Miller has strongly denied the accusation, though the story line figures to follow the Wildcats through what could be a long run in the tournament. The Retrievers upset Vermont in the America East Conference title game Saturday 65-62 on a late 3-pointer.
More certain is that once this party is over, change of some sort will be coming. St. Mary's was left out despite going 28-5 and beating Gonzaga because, Rasmussen said, it did not have enough quality wins, even as he acknowledged that it is structurally hard for teams outside basketball's six power conferences to schedule top nonleague competition. "We've got to play our best if we want to advance and I think we're right on the verge of that". Duke was sent to Pittsburgh as the No. 2 seed in the Midwest region.
A win would have Clemson playing a second-round game on Sunday against Friday's victor between No. 4 Auburn (25-7 record, SEC champion) and No. 13 College of Charleston (26-7 record, CAA champion).
USC (23-11) was considered a bubble team, but was not announced as one of the at-large selections during a new-format Selection Sunday show this afternoon. They had some absolutely great wins.
Miller said building the program to be an NCAA Tournament team took a lot of belief. Lipscomb, ranking fifth nationally in tempo, won't be afraid to push the pace to a level even Carolina hasn't regularly played.
-Place to be: Try Boise.
OU went 5-6 in the non-conference play.
"I told our players that everyone can play if they're in there", Virginia coach Tony Bennett said.
No. 5 seed Ohio State could have its hands full with No. 12 South Dakota State in Boise.
-The ACC led the way with nine teams in the tournament, matching a record the ever-expanding conference set a year ago. The first team out was Notre Dame, which played much of the season without its injured senior star Bonzie Colson.
Who would you take in football this year?