Published: Tue, March 13, 2018
Sport | By Stuart Potter

Grizzlies draw MI in NCAA tourney

Grizzlies draw MI in NCAA tourney

As a team, Bucknell is scoring 81.1 points per game on 47.2% shooting from the field, 34.3% from behind the arc and 71.7% from the foul line this season.

Of course, given the current FBI investigation into college basketball's seamy underworld of agents, shoe companies and illegal payouts, it might be tough cheering for teams that could vacate their tournament appearances at some point.

MI fell to Ohio State on Saturday night for the fifth time this season, losing 3-2 in overtime at Nationwide Arena in the Big Ten Tournament semifinals. Others like Michigan State and Purdue, also had nothing to worry about, they knew at least they were getting in. The Bison made the NCAA Tournament as a 13-seed a year ago and lost in the first round to West Virginia, 86-80. They'll play the 14-seed Montana Grizzlies.

MI was awarded a three seed and they will play their first round game in the West Region in Wichita, Kansas.

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When picking the Final Four, remember the committee often gets it right: Of the 116 spots in the Final Four since 1989, only 12 were filled by teams worse than a No. 5 seed, including No. 7 SC previous year.

The Skinny: The Bison won the Patriot League by four games and after a bit of a challenge in the league tournament opener, earned their second straight berth with 31- and 29-point wins. The Golden Gophers are 11-9 (.550) in NCAA Tournament games, highlighted by a trip to the 2004 Final Four. It was seeded higher in the Big 12 tournament, beat the Sooners by 11 points in the first round of the tournament and won two of three meetings with the Sooners during the season. The Spartans dropped from the top spot the following week starting the New Year with losses to Ohio State and MI. The system is supposed to reward teams and while UM isn't that far from him, the edge of playing near home would have been nice. "Good coach - I don't know if he's great - good coach, tremendous experienced backcourt, they've got an National Basketball Association player".

MI freshman defenseman Quinn Hughes had a number of strong chances, including a breakaway that was stopped and shot that went off the post in the first period. So the teams will be rested but perhaps rusty too. Xavier, the one seed in the bracket is ranked below MI in the Kenpom rankings.

Houston and San Diego State, the potential third-round matchup (round of 32) are also both top-50 teams.

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