Look for Sunday's telecast to be more be more like the fast-moving Selection Sunday shows of years past, Bryant added.
Championship Week has officially come to a close, and we're just minutes away from the unveiling of the bracket for the 2017 edition of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament, aka March Madness.
If you're not keen on flipping through channels, NCAA.com will live stream all events on a page called NCAA March Madness Live. It'd be hard to see Gonzaga (32-1) get dropped by the committee after it had the 'Zags as a No. 1 in mid-February. Notre Dame, Duke, Florida State, Louisville, Miami, N.C. State and Syracuse have spent almost every week ranked since December. That's where most of the drama should unfold on Sunday.
ESPN "bracketologist" Joe Lunardi is also on board with UNC and Duke, bitter rivals who would be placed in different regions, in Greenville, but he has the Gamecocks heading to Tulsa in an 8-9 game matched up with top-seeded Kansas. 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. I think, with so many possibilities, they will be out by Sunday.
Conventional wisdom has Villanova as a lock to be No. 1 overall.
The Orange began Atlantic Coast Conference play with a brutal 15-point loss at Boston College, one of only two wins for the Eagles in league play. It just feels like the momentum is shifting too much toward Duke for that final No. 1. The two potential matchups are Michigan-Louisville and Kentucky-Wichita State. Lunardi pegs Syracuse as a 12-seed and facing the USC Trojans, while Dobbertean also has Syracuse as a 12-seed, but facing the Rhode Island Rams.
Here's a quick rundown of the last four at-large spots, and those that still have a chance, using that similarity analysis to show the number of teams that had a score of "750" or higher for each candidate, and percentage that made the field. Hicks has "only" averaged 12.3 ppg and 5.7 rebounds per game so far this season, although if the last three games are any indication, Hicks might be choosing the right time to finally break out.