Published: Thu, March 15, 2018
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

NIT Tournament 2018: Bracket, Schedule and Top 1st-Round Matchups to Watch

NIT Tournament 2018: Bracket, Schedule and Top 1st-Round Matchups to Watch

Irish senior forward Martinas Geben goes up over a Hampton defender in Notre Dame's 84-63 win over the Pirates in the first round of the NIT on Tuesday at Purcell Pavilion. SC has won the SEC's automatic bid each of those years. There are also a few other teams that have performed well against top competition like Florida and Texas Tech.

Overall, there simply isn't enough in the region to take down the blue chip UNC team as they will return to the Final Four for the third straight time after winning it all previous year.

Where a school is located played a role in where they were sent for their first games and that may have hurt some in the tournament.

The quartet of top seeds all have a legitimate chance to win the event, but don't count out defending champion SC, who is a No. 2 seed in UConn's region.

UConn will play its first game of the tournament on Saturday at 11am ET, against 16-seed St. Francis of Pennsylvania. "I think one thing that came out of previous year is that we know, and I think everyone else does, that we are beatable".

"I wouldn't say we look at it like our season is just now starting", Williams said. I love playing Friday at 5. Ohio State and Texas A&M are the three and four seeds in that region. We didn't really worry about the new rules, we just wanted to go out and do what we do.

The Golden Eagles (23-9) have earned consecutive berths to the NCAA tournament for the first time since the 1998-99 and 1999-00 campaigns and are making their 11th appearance in program history. Lexington hosts a regional for the third straight year. Joining the Huskies as top seeds are 2017 runner-up Mississippi State, Notre Dame and Louisville.

A potential Elite Eight matchup between SC and UConn would pit two of this year's top prospects against one another. So let's make the ladies feel welcome as the MAAC and Times Union Center Present the 2018 Women's NCAA regional round of hoops. Spoiler: UConn is going to make it!

Snubbed? Purdue, Rutgers, USC, West Virginia.

"We felt there was a razor-thin margin between Baylor and Notre Dame", said NCAA women's basketball committee chair Rhonda Bennett.

Thirty-two conferences were granted automatic bids for the championship and the remaining 32 teams were selected at-large.

The bracket for the 2018 NCAA Tournament was revealed on Monday evening and, with no surprise, CT enters as the No. 1 overall seed. And then you go, 'Huh, we were ready for this.' Or, 'We weren't.' ...

Quinnipiac, (27-5) last year's Cinderella, is the No. 9 seed in the Albany Regional and will face No. 8 Miami on Saturday in a rematch of last year's second-round upset.

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