On this Sunday, the Committees say: “Let there be parentheses.”
Welcome to Selection Sunday, as the NCAA Division I men’s and women’s basketball tournament brackets will be revealed that evening. The men go first (6 pm ET, CBS), while the women’s show will begin two hours later (8 pm ET, ESPN).
The women’s group used to go out on Monday after the men’s planting. With the tournament expanding to 68 teams for the first time, the women will now be on Sunday as well. Unlike last year, when tournaments were played in centralized venues, there will be first and second round and regional sites before the Final Four.
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For now, let’s celebrate this college basketball party.
Follow along as USA TODAY Sports prepares for the reveals, snubs, reactions and bracketed predictions:
Richmond returns to the NCAA for the first time in over a decade
Sixth-seeded Richmond defeated top-seeded Davidson 64-62 to claim the Atlantic 10 tournament title and an unlikely spot in the NCAA men’s tournament.
The upstart Spiders (23-12), who led as many as nine points earlier in the game, saw their lead disappear until Matt Grace converted a three-point play with 19.1 seconds remaining on the clock to put Richmond back on top. The field goal and free throw were Grace’s only points in the game.
Davidson had a chance to tie or go ahead in the closing seconds, but couldn’t convert.
The Tigers (27-6) will now have to wait and see if they will receive a blanket offer when the NCAA field is announced tonight.
Richmond returns to the men’s tournament for the first time since reaching the Sweet 16 in 2011.
Texas wins Big 12. Will Baylor be 1 seed?
On Saturday, ESPN support specialist Charlie Creme put Baylor in line 1. A victory over Texas in the final of the women’s Big 12 tournament would surely have guaranteed their place there. But the Bears fell to the Longhorns 67-58 for their first Big 12 tournament title since 2003. It was Texas’ second win against Baylor since 2011.
Has Baylor done enough for the fourth No. 1?
Tournament tickets are punched!
In the field of women: American beat Bucknell 65-54 to win his third Patriot League championship, and Mount St. Mary’s outscored Bryant 60-42 to win the NEC Tournament and automatic qualification to the NCAA Tournament for the second year in a row. Delaware is the Colonial champion. Texas eliminated Baylor in the Big 12 and Illinois State survived against Northern Iowa to win the Missouri Valley.
In the male field: Yale defeated Princeton 66-64 to advance to the NCAA Tournament for the third time in the last five opportunities, while Tennessee won its first SEC tournament in 43 years. Richmond is also in.
NCAA Super Senior Jordan Bohannon leads Iowa vs. Purdue in the Big Ten Championship
Iowa’s Jordan Bohannon nailed a game-winning 3-pointer with a second remaining against Indiana to send the Hawkeyes to Sunday’s Big Ten finals.
He and other NCAA stars used the extra year of eligibility granted due to the coronavirus pandemic. The game has matured due to the added experience.
“College basketball is truly special and is going to be one of the highlights of my life. Who wouldn’t want to play another (season) in March Madness?” Villanova’s Collin Gillespie told USA TODAY Sports, “It was a dream of mine as a kid and I got to live one last time.”
Tennessee wins SEC title, Aggies in bubble
It was an impressive run for Texas A&M in the SEC Tournament. It wasn’t enough to secure an automatic bid, as Tennessee won the championship game, 65-50, on Sunday.
For the Volunteers, it’s their first SEC tournament title since 1979. They should be a solid No. 2 seed. However, the Aggies must now await their fate during the draft show, though their trio of wins this week certainly helped. in your case.
Sunday conference championship schedule
All games must be completed before the brackets come out. Here is a list of the latest round of conference tournament championship games:
Ivy: Yale 66, Princeton 64
Atlantic-10: Richmond 64, Davidson 62
Southeastern: Tennessee 65, Texas A&M 50
American: Memphis vs. Houston
Big Ten: Iowa vs. Purdue
Northeast: Mount St. Mary’s 60, Bryant 42
Colonial: Delaware vs. Drexel
Patriot: American 65, Bucknell 54
big 12: Baylor vs. Texas
Missouri Valley: State of Illinois vs. Northern Iowa
Southlands: Incarnate Word vs. southeast louisiana
Expected No. 1 seed Kansas has the highest-paid male coach
The Kansas Jayhawks, fresh off their Big 12 tournament championship, look set to claim one of the four No. 1 seeds when the NCAA men’s pools are revealed.
Kansas is also at the top of the list when it comes to head coach Bill Self’s salary. A complicated contractual arrangement built in 2012 has made Self the highest-paid men’s basketball coach in the country, with total compensation for the 2021-22 season of $10.2 million.
Salary figures for all public school men’s basketball teams are part of USA TODAY Sports’ annual report on coach compensation. Rounding out the top five behind Self are Kentucky’s John Calipari, Michigan State’s Tom Izzo, Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski and Villanova’s Jay Wright.
For the first time, there is now a database for female coaches. See how South Carolina coach Dawn Staley’s record deal landed.
The latest in sports braces from USA TODAY
USA TODAY Sports’ latest men’s bracket explained why the projected No. 1 seeds are the four teams that deserve the top row.
Meanwhile, ESPN Women’s Predictions said Baylor’s victory over Oklahoma in the Big 12 semifinals on Saturday moved the Bears to the No. 1 position. They play Texas, a potential No. 2 seed, in the final. on Sunday.
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