Everything you need to know for this year's tournament — March Madness

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Everything you need to know for this year's tournament — March Madness

Men's college basketball conference tournaments have been going on for a week now, with almost half of the 32 Division I leagues starting their tourneys already.

As great as the conference tourney action has been, the really good stuff is still on its way.

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A 74-54 win over BYU in the West Coast Conference Tournament title game Tuesday night gave the Bulldogs an automatic bid to the NCAAs.

This year's March Madness tournament begins with the First Four games on March 13 and March 14. The Orange could use a win over a Top 10 RPI team to strengthen its chance to get back into the NCAAs after a one-year absence. Let's take a look at how the final four played out...

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Everything you need to know for this year's tournament — March Madness

On the other hand, Syracuse appears to be out after needing a quality win over North Carolina. Revenge isn't just a dish best served cold; it's also tasty in conference tournaments. It's an excruciating wait until the bracket is announced this weekend because the Big Ten tourney ended Sunday after being moved up a week earlier than normal in order to play at Madison Square Garden in NY. A loss on Thursday would open the door for some other teams to move into the NCAA tourney picture.

Cincinnati, Houston and Wichita State each split with each other and went a combined 38-4 against the rest of the league. These teams are close to home for many Hope students. The victor of this contest will take on Kansas State in the semifinals. The Bearcats will have the edge because of the recent triumph.

Expect a renewed focus from coach Dan Hurley's squad and a return to the form that produced a 16-game win streak midway through the season. The Wildcats struggle to win games if one player has to take over.

What is March Madness and how do teams get in? That great spot may be ruined by their seed in the Big East Tournament.

Xavier won the league because Villanova's injuries and depth issues popped up several times in February, but when these teams met, it was all Villanova. Farrell missed the first game with a bad ankle.

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Will he play? He hasn't ruled it out, and many indications are that Missouri's star freshman - who has missed virtually the entire season - will give it a go in the SEC Tournament.

"But if it doesn't get fixed in the long run it could", McManus said.

Oklahoma put itself in a precarious position for Selection Sunday, as it lost to Oklahoma State in the Big 12 tournament.

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Creighton is likely in the tournament even if it loses to Providence, but the Friars don't have that margin for error. OK State is the first team to sweep the Jayhawks in the Self era. The Big 12 has No. 9 Kansas on its seemingly permanent perch as the Big 12's regular-season champion. The conference's No. 1 seed, Arizona, is in the mix, as are No. 2 seed USC, No. 4 seed UCLA and ...

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The Pac-12 is interesting. Those final three games will be played in the Alamodome in San Antonio.

Utah (Out)- Utah simply needs to prove that they belong in the Big Dance by impressing the committee in the PAC 12 Tournament.

There was some significant upheaval in the SEC power structure in 2017-18, with Auburn (25-6) and Tennessee (23-7) sharing first place after being picked to finish ninth and 13th, respectively.

Gonzaga has made it to the NCAA tournament all but once this decade. Auburn earns its first finals appearance since 2000, but Florida gets the crown for the first time since 2014.

That's at least better than the 90 minutes that it took two years ago.

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