5 things to know about Alabama's first-round opponent in NCAA Tournament

KC in NCAAT

KC in NCAAT

They will host seventh-seeded Harvard on campus at the Al McGuire Center Wednesday at 6 p.m.

Watching No. 3 seed MI will be fascinating since they had the long layoff after the Big Ten Tournament victory.

No. 6 seed TCU will play the victor of No. 11 Arizona State vs. Syracuse. Michigan State stays close to home with a first-round assignment against 14th-seeded Bucknell in Detroit.

Kentucky coach John Calipari had the youngest of his always-young teams this season, but the Wildcats (24-10) are playing their best basketball and won the SEC Tournament.

Villanova (30-4) will play Thursday the victor of the play-in game against LUI Brooklyn and Radford. "But then you get your seeding and then it starts over". He's won 47 NCAA Tournament games, a total that ties John Wooden for seventh on the all-time list. "I remember how we viewed Auburn", Pearl said. "The games in November and December count the same as the games in February and March, and Oklahoma had six wins against top-35 RPI". "All they've done all season long is win". They had a very good case for being in the dance but got left out. Duke was sent to Pittsburgh as the No. 2 seed in the Midwest region. Who will be this year's Cinderella team? Barnes coached just down the interstate at Texas from 1998-2015, and made the NCAA Tournament in all but one of his 17 seasons with the Longhorns.

A trio of Tigers earned All-ACC postseason accolades when the regular season concluded.


"We're excited about this opportunity", Auburn coach Bruce Pearl said. Those three have combined for 39 Final Four appearances.

"There's no team in this tournament that is more prepared than Auburn as far as everything we've gone through", Pearl said. "That's why we play the games". He previously took UNC Wilmington in 2003 and 2006, Wright State in 2007 and Clemson in 2011. If the Spartans can get to the regional final, they may face a Kansas team that beat them by 20 points in the second round past year.

Both the Cowgirls (20-10) and Sooners (16-14) find themselves in precarious situations, though Oklahoma State appears to have a stronger case for an at-large berth than its in-state rival. It's just the third time the Spartans will play in the NCAA Tournament.

A No. 16 seed has never beaten a No. 1 seed, but Texas Southern sits at 68th on the true seed list, and will have a play-in game to win before it can take a crack at college basketball history against No. 1 Xavier. They led the league in offensive rebounding.

Alabama is led by freshman Collin Sexton, a 6-3 point guard who averages 19.0 points per game and shoots 44.4 percent from the field and 34.4 percent from three-point range.

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