Who Would Win The 2018 NCAA Tournament If They Played Football

Henrietta Brewer
March 12, 2018

Yes, every year there are snubs, and every year there are questionable bids awarded. Six of OSU's 10 losses are to teams now ranked in the top 12.

-Snubbed: St. Mary's missed despite a 28-5 record. That's nine more wins - nine! - than Alabama, and 10 fewer losses.

No teams from the District of Columbia made the field of 68, and the only school representing Maryland is UMBC. Self joined the Turner Sports crew on Sunday to talk about his team's path going forward. They will play LIU-Brooklyn on Tuesday, March 13.

How about Middle Tennessee? They were a part of a weak Big Ten and didn't have many impressive wins throughout the regular season.

Let's evaluate that claim.

One of the teams to look out for in this bracket are the Miami Hurricanes. They beat Kansas twice, including on the road, West Virginia on the road, Oklahoma twice, and Texas Tech.

It continues to be hard for mid-major conferences to place their teams. But they'll basically never travel to your place.

Xavier (28-5) plays the victor of the play-in game against NC Central and Texas Southern.

This is why we have advanced metrics. Syracuse and Alabama come in at 52 and 54.

Kansas recently has played first- and second-round NCAA tournament games in Omaha in both 2008 and 2015. Davidson, also known as the Wildcats, has won eight of its last nine games.

OU went 5-6 in the non-conference play. OU finished the year 2-8 in its last 10 games.

We'll have a more thorough preview of the game against the Crimson Tide on Monday.

Pearl made this the expectation as soon as last season's 18-14 campaign ended with a first-round SEC Tournament loss to Missouri in Nashville, Tenn. So why are they in?

"I don't control those things", Littell said. "Doesn't she have one of the toughest strength of schedules in the country?"

Xavier overcame losing point guard Edmond Sumner to a torn ACL midseason to make an improbable run to the Elite Eight a year ago, knocking off Maryland, Florida State and Arizona before losing to the Zags.

The Radford Highlanders return to the big dance for the first time since 2009.

The Jayhawks are a No. 1 seed in the Midwest region after winning the Big 12 regular season title and the conference tournament.

Even mid-majors that make the field often get snubbed in other ways.

Wichita State vs. Marshall Friday, approx.

FSU was projected as high as a No. 6 seed late in the year before ultimately having to settle for the No. 10 seed.

Louisville went 20-13 and 9-9 in the ACC.

This year, they're a 4-seed. Under Bennett's watch, Virginia has become a perennial powerhouse in college basketball again.

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