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The Wildcats knocked off Rhode Island in the A-10 Tournament Championship Sunday to secure a spot in the Big Dance, and make the bubble a bit more hard to navigate.

A&M's matchup against Providence will be played in Charlotte on Friday.

Hard core March Madness participants already know when their office pool brackets are due - most likely by Thursday's games.

Topped by No. 1 seed Kansas, the Midwest also includes Duke and Michigan State, which were both ranked in the top 4 in The Associated Press poll.

1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament, its reward for one of the best seasons in Atlantic Coast Conference history. Baylor, which lost its Big 12 tournament opener to West Virginia, finished the season with an 18-14 record. They could have easily made MSU or MI a two-seed in the East, the other No.3 in the Midwest and Purdue a third-seed in the West, and shipped the Boilermakers to Wichita.

Arizona (27-7) also is peaking at the right time, following a Pac-12 regular-season title with a dominating win over Southern California in the conference tournament.

Donta Hall, the Crimson Tide forward who missed Saturday's SEC semifinal game against Kentucky due to a concussion, was part of the team celebration Sunday.

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But after that, Virginia faces possible matchups with fourth-seeded Arizona or fifth-seeded Kentucky, the most daunting teams on those seed lines in the tournament.

The defending-champion Tar Heels are as hot as anyone, despite falling to Virginia in the ACC Tournament championship.

UNC will face 15-seed Lipscomb in the First Round.

The Crimson Tide could be a factor in the region - just as long as it plays five players. In the SEC, Tennessee is the highest ranked SEC team at No. 10, followed by Florida, Arkansas, and then Missouri at No. 32.

Marquette's opening NIT game - the program's first since the 2004-'05 season - will be either Tuesday or Wednesday. It's hard; you want to see as many from your league get in. The Wildcats had a four-game losing streak going in February, but since have won seven of their last eight games on their way to a conference tournament title. The Friars have made four consecutive NCAA Tournaments, but only have one postseason when in that stretch.

USC (23-11) was considered a bubble team, but was not announced as one of the at-large selections during a new-format Selection Sunday show this afternoon.

"We were trying to get to the NCAA Tournament all year", said guard Avery Johnson, Jr". That included Friday's 81-63 loss to Alabama in the SEC Tournament, the worst loss of the season.

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