NMSU punched their ticket to the dance with a 72-58 win over Grand Canyon in the WAC Tournament championship game.
Providence is a program with a rich NCAA Tournament history, making Final Four appearances in 1973 and 1987.
March Madness will provide a three-week break from the troubling headlines that have consumed college basketball.
When: Tuesday-Friday, March 13-16, 2018.
"I see no reason why these kids won't rise to the level of play that is required to win games in the tournament". The Big 10 tournament was moved up a week, and the Wolverines snuck by Iowa in overtime, then beat Nebraska by 19, Michigan State by 11 and Purdue by 9. Before that, Self went to the NCAA twice with Tulsa and three times with IL. Kansas (27-7) also has a short trip for the opening weekend, staying in the Sunflower State to play Penn on Thursday in Wichita, Kansas. The Gamecocks reached the Final Four for the first time in school history past year. The South Region has four conference tournament champions (Virginia, Cincinnati, Arizona, Kentucky), and while a Virginia-Cincinnati defensive battle in the Elite Eight could be an all-timer, the Wahoos could have one of the toughest Sweet 16 matchups in the entire tournament going up against Arizona or Kentucky.
Beyond Xavier, the South's toughest outs include last year's runner-up, Gonzaga (30-4), which received a No. 4 seed; red-hot MI, the Big Ten tournament champion; and North Carolina, which will open the tournament in Charlotte.
That included last season in Arizona when North Carolina beat Gonzaga, a year after the Tar Heels were the national runner-up. The Jayhawks, who lost by 18 points to Oklahoma State on March 3 after they had locked up their 14th straight Big 12 regular-season title, cast aside any doubts about their worthiness with a dominant three-game run through the conference tournament.
Those filling out brackets in office pools that will amass more than $10 billion in action, most of the $10 and $20 entry-fee variety, were handed their palette Sunday during a bracket-unveiling show on TBS.
Marshall won the Conference USA Tournament for an automatic NCAA berth, ending a 31-year drought. Ray Hagley, the team physician who was on the plane with his wife.
"I think Coach [Johnson] has done a fabulous job", Williams said. "I just can't wait to get to practice and be around my guys". And then when Seton Hall was announced as the 24th at-large team, the glass-is-half-empty fans in the audience had to be convinced that the cable network had spelled their beloved school S-A-I-N-T Bonaventure and, therefore, it had been bypassed yet again.
View the full bracket for the 2018 NCAA Tournament on their website here. Additionally, Northeast Conference victor LIU-Brooklyn will play Radford in a First Four game in Dayton, and MAAC champ Iona earns a date with Duke. They had seven Quadrant One victories this season: Texas A&M (twice), Auburn (twice), Florida, Rhode Island and Tennessee.
Two teams located roughly 100 miles away from each other on Interstate 35 are expected to earn the top seeds of any regional team.