Examining the impact of conference tournaments on NCAA seeding

Is Michigan State's March magic in danger of running out in 2018?

The Friars are among Lunardi's last four byes, but they are in a precarious position as the Big East's No. 5 seed entering the tournament. However, since then, it's been a free fall, as ASU finished the year as the No. 9 seed in the Pac-12 and sports a mediocre 20-10 record.

Oklahoma of the Big 12 also has been a awful bet this season; the Sooners, led by superstar freshman Trae Young, can beat anyone in Norman but are putrid away from home at 3-10 ATS.

The Lady Bears moved up to No. 2 in the national rankings after they defeated Texas in the Big 12 Championship Game, 77-69.

It gives teams a chance to clinch an NCAA bid based on their regular season performance, not just three, four or five games in a week. The Spartans won 12 straight games since their at home loss to rival University of MI on January 13 until their loss to the Wolverines again, last Saturday in the Big Ten tournament. Even if OU sneaks into the NCAA Tournament as an at-large team, which is no sure thing, the Sooners seem like a fade candidate.

Villanova (27-4) is No. 2 after jumping over Xavier (27-4). I believe that with a loss they should still be in, unless they get blown out or another bubble team does something insane to steal their bid. Their non-conference strength of schedule and RPI aren't good, but if they advance to the Big 12 semis with wins over Oklahoma and (for the third time!) Kansas, it could be hard to leave out the Pokes. Yet, he already knew about the win over Michigan State and still had UM as just a five. Unfortunately, that was the only quality win the Cornhuskers would get. The show will be broadcast with a live studio audience, and every team in the field - all 68 - will be revealed within the first 10 minutes of the start of the show. Rather amazingly, the Commodores didn't win a single game outside of Nashville (3-8-1 ATS), including an embarrassing defeat at Belmont. So I do think in the back of everyone's mind is talk of the FBI investigation and the department of justice, but I think once the games start, I think people look at it as an escape and an opportunity to get away from all the bad news and enjoy some really good college basketball.

"The algorithm can be applied to any season and is uninfluenced by prior committee structures, tournament outcomes and the results of previous seasons", said Reinig.

So I get it, it's easy to stress out about Michigan State stumbling in Madison Square Garden.

All 12 Conference USA teams make the tournament, with the top four seeds getting byes to the quarterfinal round.

College basketball's signature event will be played while the sport is roiled in scandal.

I know we will be back out East.

According to a report by Greg Asselin, the 2018 #National Championship will be held on Sunday, March 11 at 6 PM ET.

The week's biggest fall belonged to Rhode Island. Seven of those 10 times, the regular season champion went deeper into the NCAA Tournament and two of those 10 times the two schools went the same distance.

One sport that has had complaint after complaint in recent years is NCAA Divison 1 basketball, concerning the size, format and how teams qualify for NCAA tournaments.