The Bruins open the tournament in Dayton on Tuesday at the bottom of the bracket looking up, an unexpected development for a team that started the season with an international controversy and ended it with another spot in the tournament — albeit one of the least desirable.

FILE – In this Feb. 22, 2018, file photo, UCLA coach Steve Alford watches the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Utah in Salt Lake City. Alford, who has led the Bruins to the NCAA Tournament for the fourth time in five seasons, said he was surprised they were picked last and were sent to Dayton. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

The NCAA tournament Selection Show, in many ways, is unnecessary television. Unlike a game or musical performance, the bracket reveal, and the official start of March Madness, don’t require live visuals.

How college basketball can change over the next few months writes Pete Thamels.

Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott offered hints on some specific changes we could see in college basketball. (AP)

Add Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott to the growing chorus of people surprised by the USC Trojans’ omission from the NCAA tournament field. Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer.

The 2018 Naismith Award Finalists Arizona forward Deandre Ayton, Duke forward Marvin Bagley III, Kansas guard Devonte’ Graham and Villanova guard Jalen Brunson all made the cut, courtesy of

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The Big East Conference extended the contract of Commissioner Val Ackerman through June 2021.


A record eight SEC teams have earned a bid in March Madness this year. The Florida Gators, which will make an appearance in the tournament for a second-straight season, is one of those teams. Last year, five SEC teams made the tournament with one reaching the Final Four (South Carolina). Only the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) has more teams in the tournament this year (nine).

Feb 10, 2018; Baton Rouge, LA, USA; SEC logo at the free throw line before the Mississippi Rebels and LSU Tigers game at Pete Maravich Assembly Center. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

Longtime basketball referee Ted Valentine will not be officiating in the 2018 NCAA Tournament. According to him, it’s because of his January incident with North Carolina guard Joel Berry in which Valentine turned his back on Berry.


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