KU, K-State Both Seeded No. 4 in the NCAA Tournament

Rex Christensen
March 20, 2019

In fact, one of the more successful strategies for winning your office March Madness pool is to always pick the team with the most interesting mascot.

Seeded No. 1 in the East, Duke plays the victor on Friday at 7:10 p.m.in Columbia, S.C. Big 12 Newcomer of the Year and Sporting News Second Team All-American Dedric Lawson is the team's top scorer and rebounder, averaging a double-double at 19.1 ppg and 10.3 rpg. That's why we have the Midwest Regional. The six teams are the fourth-most to be representing a conference in the tournament.

A statement made by the announcers after the North Carolina State Wolfpack defeated the Clemson Tigers in what was dubbed as an NCAA tournament play-in game sums this up best.

Host Mississippi State (30-2) is ranked No. 4 nationally going into the tournament.

Duke's 6-11 junior center, out with a sprained knee, practiced on Tuesday, raising hopes he'll be available for the Blue Devils this weekend.

And of course, there's the matchup between Minnesota and Louisville in the first round.

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You should find them interesting. But there are several other teams that can win it all. Prairie View is in for the first time since 1998.

Michigan State, Tennessee, Kentucky, and Michigan are ranked No. 5 through No. 9 and those four teams are also the four No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament. The Zags went on to earn an at-large berth in the NCAA tournament after the loss to BYU in the WCC final. Temple is coached by Fran Dunphy, who is stepping down at the end of the season.

There are generally between 10 and 16 upsets per tournament.

The women's Final Four is set for April 5 and 7 in Tampa, Florida. The Jayhawks are coming off a run to the Big 12 Championship title game, which they lost, 78-66, to Iowa State.

PLENTY OF SKEPTICS: There was some talk that the Pac-12 could be a one-bid league this year, but OR won the conference tournament, and Washington and Arizona State made it in off the bubble.

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