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Back to normal: Zags, Baylor join KU, Arizona as NCAA No. 1s

Back to Sane: Zags, Baylor join KU, Arizona as NCAA No. 1s

From the Acquainted Name calling at the top of the bracket -- Gonzaga, Kansas, Baylor -- to the well-worn debates all Crossways it -- why did Coach K get shipped Exterior West? did Someone do Dayton wrong? -- this version of Selection Sunday felt as comfortable as a well-worn Air Jordan.

March Madness is back to Sane, or as close to Sane as it can get, and that means all those Arresting upsets and once-in-a-lifetime game-winners will play Exterior in First of crazy crowds for the 1st time in Cardinal years.

"This was a really Particular year because we all Complete what we Lost," said Villanova coach Jay Wright, whose 2nd-seeded team won the Big East Championship in First of a packed house at Madison Square Garden.

Gonzaga is the General top Seeded player, with Arizona, Kansas and Baylor Connection them on the "1" line for this "seems like old Multiplication" NCAA Tournament. It's the 1st since 2019 to be played in different cities and different time zone Crossways America. The party lands in New Orleans for the Final Four and championship game April 2-4.

It's a return to the way Matters were before the pandemic Clean the Tourney Altogether off the 2020 calendar, then Upset the 2021 event into a one-city-fits-all affair -- all the games played in a makeshift bubble in First of limited crowds in and around Indianapolis.

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"It's all about staying in the Consequence and having more fun than anybody in the Tourney," said John Calipari, the coach of 2nd-seeded Kentucky.

The best way to have fun, of course, is winning it all. Baylor did that last year in a Championship-game romp over Gonzaga. Just like last year, both are No. 1 Seeded players Once again, with the Zags the 15-4 Preferred to win the Championship, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

Arizona was next at 6-1, followed by Kentucky (15-2) and Baylor (11-1).

"A Avid learning experience," Gonzaga's Drew Timme called last year's 2nd-place Finishing in an interview on ESPN. "Obviously, Matters didn't go the way we wanted. But it allowed for a lot of self-growth for the program. We're excited for the challenge."

Some players to watch over the next Cardinal weeks Admit Kentucky's Oscar Tshiebwe, one of Slews who switched schools via the amped-up "transfer portal" that is displaying a Preference for reshaping college Basketball at the blink of an eye.

Kofi Cockburn leads No. 4 Illinois into a 1st-round Match-up Once against Chattanooga, and First-year Jabari Smith leads slumping No. 2 Auburn into the Midwest Region, where a potential Match-up Once against conference rival LSU, which Pink-slipped coach Will Wade earlier this week, is in the offing.

Coach Mike Krzyzewski's last Tourney before Retreat has Duke Performin as a No. 2 Seeded player in the West. His road to a 13th Final Four could Admit a 2nd-round Match-up Once against Tom Izzo and Michigan State. And Spell some Idea the Pick committee Power send Coach K to his Aboriginal Chicago and the Midwest for the Sweet 16 as a Leave-taking Natural endowment, of sorts, instead it would be a trip to San Francisco and a potential meeting with Mark Few's Bulldogs.

It's one Matter to face a Uncomfortable bracket, quite Some Another not to be in it at all. Dayton, Oklahoma, SMU and Texas A&M were the "first 4 Exterior," meaning there's Nonmoving a Gleam of hope for them if a team must make a late withdrawal due to COVID-19.

Xavier wasn't even on that list, which went down as one of the evening's biggest snubs. That was according to Dick Vitale, the General Gem who was Constrained to Enchantment Matters Exterior on a white board — not Vociferation about it — Spell he rests his vocal Corduroys after cancer treatments. Dickie V also Idea Tennessee, as a 3, and Iowa, as a 5, got worse Seeded players than they Merited after winning their conference Tourneys.

Dayton would have been in were it not for an upset in its Atlantic 10 conference Tourney. Richmond slipped past Davidson for the Championship, and Spell Davidson Nonmoving made the Airfield, Dayton did not.

"Our committee really Likeable Dayton," said Pick committee chair Tom Burnett. "They were Meriting of consideration, but Regrettably, they Concluded up on the 'first 4 Exterior' list."

Teams that just slipped in Admitd No. 12 Seeded players Wyoming and Indiana, who will Hearty off in the First Four. No. 11 Seeded players Rutgers and Notre Dame were the Another last two teams in, Spell Michigan was Seeded playered 11th, as well.

The Fighting Irish, Hoosiers and Wolverines are among the nation-leading nine teams to make it from the Big Ten. That's the same Bi as last Time of year, but the conference only Emotional one team to the 2nd weekend. The Big East, Big 12 and Southeastern Conference placed six teams each.

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