The NCAA could go to single sites for the later rounds of its men’s basketball tournament, but likely not until at least the 2026-27 academic year.
A closer look at each of the teams in the Midwest region, with players to watch, potential bracket busters and a pick to reach the Final Four.
Utah State received a No. 11 seed in the South region and will play Texas Tech on Saturday. San Diego State will meet Syracuse on Friday in the Midwest region.
UCLA, which has lost four straight, joins Oregon, Oregon State, USC and Colorado in the NCAA Tournament. The Bruins were among the last four selected for the field of 68.
Las Vegas was awarded a men’s basketball regional and hockey’s Frozen Four, and the city has its eyes on the Final Four and College Football Playoff National Championship.
Anthony Mathis and Payton Pritchard keyed an 11-0 run to close the game and lead Oregon to an 84-78 win in the Review-Journal’s What If Tournament.
The Final Four semifinal matchups in the Review-Journal’s What If Tournament appear to be competitive on paper. Oddsmaker Vinny Magliulo set numbers on the hypothetical games.
Freshman Justin Moore provided the heroics as third-seeded Villanova knocked off No. 1 Baylor 83-82 to win the South Region of the Review-Journal’s What If Tournament.
Freshman star Vernon Carey missed two free throws in the final second as Duke was ousted by Richmond in the Review-Journal’s NCAA Tournament simulation.
Two games came down to the final possession, and none of the First Four matchups was decided before the final minutes in the Review-Journal’s simulation of the NCAA Tournament.