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South Dakota State Faces Top Seed Gonzaga in NCAA Tournament

South Dakota State Faces Top Seed Gonzaga in NCAA Tournament

On Sunday, the Division I men's basketball committee selected Northwestern as one of 68 teams taking part in March Madness.

Their lone loss of the year came to BYU, February 25.

Sure, predicting the first- and second-round upsets is always fun-and we've got a handful of sleepers to consider this year-but if you're going to win your NCAA tournament bracket pool, you're going to need to nail your Final Four picks.

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K-State was floating on the bubble the latter half of the season when it lost eight of 10 games, but two wins to conclude the regular season over TCU and Texas Tech helped their cause. Subsequently, it was near impossible to predict both seeding in the 2017 NCAA Tournament bracket and it'll be just as hard trying to fill it out.

The Wildcats were rated No. 57 in the RPI with a No. 39 strength of schedule playing in the Big 12. Of course, it's hard to get those games, especially at home. Last season, Boeheim said the Orange earned a No. 10 seed because of five Top 50 wins, two of which came on a neutral court in the Bahamas against Texas A&M and CT. The Wildcats went a flawless 13-0 in non-conference play, featuring wins over top-ranked programs such as Purdue, Notre Dame, and Virginia. United Kingdom is 29-5 in the regular season and just beat Arkansas to win the SEC Championship. The Cats might have even boosted their tournament seed with back-to-back wins in this week's Big Ten Tournament, including a Friday-night victory over Maryland in front of a raucous pro-Terps crowd at the Verizon Center. The other blight on Syracuse's résumé was its six losses to teams not expected to make the NCAA tournament, a list that includes a awful 33-point drubbing from St. John's and a bad road loss at Boston College.

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