It's that time of the year when office productivity drops like a clutch buzzer beater.
From the top seed in the NCAA Tournament - Virginia - to those that barely made it into the bracket - Arizona State and Syracuse - it feels as though everyone involved in March Madness is on the bubble this year.
The Midwest looks like the bracket of death with No. 1 seed Kansas opening up in Wichita. "That's what you play for, that's what you dream about". He tied it with a deep 3 with 1:01 to go, setting up his final shot. Dylan Osetkowski led the way with 20 points and three steals, while Jase Febres added 12 points and Jericho Sims just missed a double-double with eight points and 15 boards. Tomorrow, we find out the bracket for real. Upsets are upsets because they upset the status quo. There are too many examples like this to list.
Much will be made of teams limping into the tournament but that's not necessarily a deal breaker.
Virginia's first NCAA Tournament berth since 2010 and its first of the Joanne Boyle era will not official until the Cavaliers hear their name announced during ESPN's selection show at 7 p.m. on Monday.
Teams play their conference mates less nowadays, but there is still a lot of similarity, so it's a different situation when they play a team they haven't seen in the neutral Big Dance.
The Atlantic Coast Conference leads the way with nine teams in the field.
The Bearcats do have some quality offensive players but no one who is capable of carrying the team against high-level competition.
However, there are teams that are expected to get in. That helped to make up for an otherwise pedestrian shooting night in which they hit 39.1 percent of their attempts.
When you're picking teams, be aware of where the game is.
Michigan State only has two quadrant one wins in six chances, which shows how much the Big Ten struggled as a conference this year. That included two wins over Duke, a win at Tennessee, a home win against eventual Big Ten Tournament champ MI and a neutral-court win against Ohio State.
The Tigers won their first Southeastern Conference regular-season title since 1999 despite the season-long absence of post players Danjel Purifoy and Austin Wiley during an internal investigation into the program. Sweet 16 games will take place in Omaha, Los Angeles, Atlanta, and Boston. If that holds true, the Wildcats will likely travel east or north.
If Michigan State earns a better seed than Michigan, this category will be the reason.
Shavar Newkirk had 18 points, eight rebounds and six assists for the fourth-seeded Hawks (16-16).
For a traditional one-bid league to get two teams into the field is a huge payday.
Officially, the selection committee considers the entire body of work when seeding teams, but if a team shows clear improvement, recent results can carry more weight.
Sometimes it's easy to forget but it is a tournament and the winners are most important of course.
"He's the guy who's got all the scores, all the teams, all that".
The Final Four and 2018 Championship will be played in San Antonio.
"The hustle, the 3-point shooters, and just the grit".
Sophomore guard Ty Jerome said the No. 1 overall seed, regardless of how the bracket might come together, is obviously a good position to be starting from. That's over half the time. He had Nebraska as one of the Last Four Out but they now appear nowhere on his bracketology sheet. MSU won the Big Ten regular season title and went 29-4 for the season.
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