Teams arrive for NCAA Tournament in Buffalo

  • Teams arrive for NCAA Tournament in Buffalo

Teams arrive for NCAA Tournament in Buffalo

Half the team was in there at 8 a.m.

Nigel Hayes also needs to be more consistent. This is a team now playing with the proverbial house money, so it's best if the No. 16 seed hits the floor Thursday with no pressure. National Player of the Year candidate Josh Hart said this year's Wildcats team has a higher ceiling than last year's.

But down on the 4-line, the Florida Gators could be a solid bet to win it all if you're looking for a team that can bring you good value. The Gators were having a fantastic season until they lost their luster when big man John Egbunu went down with a torn ACL. I love Frank Mason and all, but that's too unsafe a formula for a one-and-done tournament. Some even thought Duke was deserving of a No. 1 seed despite its eight losses because of its recent hot streak.

Villanova does not need to show anyone they are a championship caliber team. The under is also 3-0-1 in the Wildcats' last four NCAA tournament games as a favorite of 13.0 or more points and is 16-5 in their last 21 games coming off a win.

In 2000 while head coach at Hofstra, Wright's team fell to Oklahoma by 20 points in a first-round game.

If it's my money, I'll take Villanova to cut down the nets again. If the NCAA Tournament plays to form of the betting odds, a rematch awaits. The Blue Devils are the anti-safe pick. As far as getting better on the court, it did nothing for me.

Fortunately, there is a nice reliable product right on the other side of the Midwest region.

DiVincenzo bounced the first one hard off the back iron and didn't get enough elevation on the second, though he was able to grab his own rebound on the latter and finish the layup.

Robinson averaged 21.3 points in the Mountaineer's four postseason games and scored a game-high 23 against New Orleans, the most points by a Mount player in an NCAA Division I Tournament game.

"It's about compartmentalizing your focus and that's not easy - especially for 18- to 22-year-olds".

Villanova got an early start in defending its national championship while its first-round opponent was still a step away from the Big Dance. I don't see UNC losing before the Elite Eight, but I could see perennially pesky Wichita State toppling Kentucky and defensive-minded Cincinnati humbling Lonzo Ball (and his dad). "And in order to keep that dream going, we've got to go out and compete against the best team that's overall No. 1".

Mount St. Mary's doesn't have the size or the sheer talent to go toe-to-toe with Villanova on most days.

North Carolina came within four seconds of taking Villanova to overtime in last year's final game before Jenkins' three-point heave splashed through the net. The miss, and subsequent bucket by The Mount's Miles Wilson, gave the No. 16 seed a 29-28 lead with 10 seconds to play in the first half.

While plenty joke and comment about spending time in the winter in Buffalo, West Virginia coach Bob Huggins isn't one of those people.

Villanova raced out of the gate to start the second half.