The No. 4 seed in the West is Gonzaga (30-4). Coach Buzz Williams told his team it's all about accountability and the Hokies responded with wins over three top 10 opponents including UVA, UNC and Duke. Duke is the third-best team by the site's figures, with Division I's third-best offense and seventh-best defense.
North Carolina's resume earned the reigning national champion Tar Heels a No. 2 seed and a home-state opener despite having 10 losses.
Watching No. 3 seed MI will be fascinating since they had the long layoff after the Big Ten Tournament victory. Louisville, with an RPI of 39, became the highest-rated team in that index to miss the tournament, backing the concept that the selection committee would look more heavily at other factors. Tony Bennett's squad has been dominant all season. They won the AAC Tournament on Sunday and are probably the best team that no one has been talking about. The South Region does not get easier from there: Cincinnati, Tennessee, Arizona and Kentucky are the No. 2 through 5 seeds, respectively.
No. 9 seed N.C. State will play No. 8 seed Seton Hall for the opportunity to play the victor of Kansas vs. The Wildcats also have multi-talented freshman big man Deandre Ayton, who had two monster games in the Pac-12 Tournament.
Kanter didn't play for last year's Elite Eight team, but he got some NCAA tournament experience under his belt with the Green Bay Phoenix in 2016.
Oklahoma State women's basketball coach Jim Littell bristled just hearing the word.
Davidson dancin' after beating Rhode Island 58-57 in A-10 finals
The Rhode Island Rams ran into their locker room Saturday, cutting through a hallway from the court at the Capital One Arena. The Rams missed three shots that would have given them the lead in the final minute as Davidson held on.
After all, there's really nothing more he or his team can do now.
It continues to be hard for mid-major conferences to place their teams.
Both Villanova and Xavier are number one seeds.
Five Tigers are averaging double figures, including senior Donte Grantham who has been out for the season following a knee injury which he suffered in the Tigers' Jan. 20 win against Notre Dame.
A win would have Clemson playing a second-round game on Sunday against Friday's victor between No. 4 Auburn (25-7 record, SEC champion) and No. 13 College of Charleston (26-7 record, CAA champion).
"The games in November and December count the same as the games in February and March", said Rasmussen, in contradiction with everything else the committee claims to go by.
There's been a dark cloud hovering over college basketball, one that won't seem to go away. But the Boilermakers were upset in the Bahamas and the anticipated game may come instead with a Final Four berth at stake.