California Baptist gained the Western Athletic Conference event and common season championship, however was ineligible for the N.C.A.A. event whereas on a probationary interval because it transitions to Division I.
Instead, Utah Valley, which misplaced within the WAC event to Grand Canyon however was the second seed within the convention, was given an opportunity to play in Texas. The program, which was based in 1978, had by no means made the event earlier than this season.
“This is a little bit different N.C.A.A. tournament than normal, but from the minute we took this job we talked about getting to this point, and to get here any way we can is just amazing,” Wolverines head coach Dan Nielson informed reporters this week. “I am really happy for our team to get to have this experience.”
California Baptist was the one crew within the nation to go undefeated by the convention event. The Wolverines had been 10-4. California Baptist is now 25-Zero after making the third spherical of the Women’s National Invitational Tournament with a win against San Francisco on Friday.
The Big Ten, Big 12 and Pac-12 led the way in which with a mixed 17 of 32 groups into the second spherical of the N.C.A.A. males’s event coming into Sunday.
The Southeastern Conference has 4 groups remaining, whereas the Atlantic Coast Conference and the Big East every have a pair.
The Big Ten started with the very best variety of groups, 9, and 6 of them have now superior — together with a pair of No. 1 seeds in Michigan and Illinois. The others nonetheless within the event from the convention are Iowa, Wisconsin, Rutgers and Maryland. Michigan State, Ohio State and Purdue are out.
With the loss by No. Three seed Texas to No. 14 seed Abilene Christian on Saturday evening, the Big 12 totaled six of a attainable seven groups advancing: Baylor, Kansas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech and West Virginia.
All 5 Pac-12 colleges stay alive in Colorado, Oregon, Oregon State, U.C.L.A. and Southern California. Oregon superior over Virginia Commonwealth when V.C.U. was compelled to withdraw from the event due to a number of constructive coronavirus exams.
The spherical of 32 breaks down this manner among the many conferences:
Six groups: Big Ten, Big 12
Five groups: Pac-12
Four groups: SEC
Two groups every: Big East, A.C.C.
One crew every: American Athletic, Conference U.S.A., Mid-American, Missouri Valley, Southland, Summit, West Coast
It has been a superb yr to be slotted no higher than a No. 13 seed: Four of these groups will play within the males’s event’s second spherical, a file.
The first two video games of the ladies’s event, each slated to tip off at 12 p.m. in Texas, characteristic three groups that virtually dwell past the arc. No. 5 Iowa, No. 12 Central Michigan and No. 7 Virginia Tech are all among the many ten most prolific 3-point capturing groups within the nation — mixed, they make nearly 30 per game.
The best of them is Iowa, which makes 40.Four p.c of its deep pictures due to a younger trio of sharpshooters that features sophomores Gabbie Marshall and McKenna Warnock. Their chief — the fearless freshman Caitlin Clark — has tried 254 3-point pictures this season, essentially the most in Division I. Accordingly, she is its greatest scorer with a median of 26.7 factors per sport.
Central Michigan, the Hawkeyes’ opening opponent, has an analogous offensive technique: let the shooters shoot. It is the one crew within the nation with two gamers averaging over 20 factors per sport, Micaela Kelly and Molly Davis.
Neither of those groups play a lot protection, however who can blame them for specializing in their strengths?
The Hokies, who will face a extra conventional offense in No. 10 Marquette, depend on senior Aisha Sheppard. She averages 3.7 made 3s per sport, and in Virginia Tech’s greatest win of the season — an time beyond regulation victory over No. 1-seeded North Carolina State — she made 4 on her solution to 28 factors. Sheppard hopes for comparable fireworks this afternoon as she fights to maintain her school profession alive towards battle-tested Marquette, who performed No. 1 UConn shut through the common season.
In the second No.1 seed matchup of the day within the males’s event, Baylor will face No. 9-seeded Wisconsin. The Bears beat Hartford, 79-65, and Wisconsin beat North Carolina, 85-62, to advance to the second spherical.
Baylor, a first-time No. 1 seed, goes to offer a defensive problem for the Badgers. The Bears are among the finest capturing groups within the league, making 41.Four p.c of pictures from 3-point vary. They rebound properly offensively, averaging 12.9 a sport, which makes stopping them troublesome.
In the Badgers’ first spherical sport, they relied closely on their 5 seniors for scoring, as they’ve all season. Wisconsin will want that power once more with a view to compete with Baylor’s stellar offense.
The Big Ten completed the primary spherical 6-3, and Wisconsin’s likelihood to signify the convention within the spherical of 16 depends on its ball motion and skill to decelerate Baylor’s offense.
The state of Illinois will get the highlight initially of Round 2 within the males’s event as Illinois and Loyola-Chicago play within the first sport on Sunday.
The Illini defeated Drexel, 78-49, and the Ramblers beat Georgia Tech, 71-60, to advance. This goes to be a battle of which crew can beat the opposite at its personal sport as each of those groups are robust defensively.
Loyola has one of the best protection within the league, holding opponents to a median of 55.7 factors per sport. This goes to be key to its success as a result of Illinois has a big presence within the paint in 7-foot tall Kofi Cockburn. In order for the Ramblers to decelerate the tempo, they will should restrict his means to get simple baskets down low.
The Illini are nice at transferring the ball and getting it to their two main scorers, Cockburn and Ayo Dosunmu. They proved their resilience by the Big Ten season and if they can push the tempo and drive Loyola to maintain up, the spherical of 16 spot is theirs for the taking.