ASU Basketball: Sun Devils earn No. 7 seed in Kansas City Regional

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The 2018 NCAA Tournament field is set, and 32 of the 68 teams (including some surprises like Davidson and San Diego State) punched their ticket by winning a conference tournament.

Arizona State made the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2014, although guard Shannon Evans II was there with coach Bobby Hurley and Buffalo in 2015. "We knew it was going to be a very close decision", said Hurley, in his third season.

The entertainment and "it" factor won out. That's part of a program philosophy of scheduling hard in the non-conference.

The Sun Devils struggled to defend anybody in February, allowing at least 75 points in eight of their last nine contests. Aforementioned Arizona has the potential No. 1 pick in the draft in big man Deandre Ayton, whose name came up in the FBI investigation when ESPN reported wiretaps caught 'Zona coach Sean Miller discussing paying six figures to make sure Ayton played for Arizona.

Syracuse, which has made the tournament 33 times in coach Jim Boeheim's 42 seasons, seemed equally as ecstatic.

Nearly every team decision they made was totally and completely justifiable.

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"We as a committee definitely value strength of schedule", Bennett said.

The Rams are finishing their seventh straight week in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll and have boasted an RPI ranking in the top 20 since their strong nonconference performance. The teams play contrasting styles. They finished just tied for eighth in an unimpressive year for the Pac-12, but still snuck into the tournament thanks to their stellar nonconference resume.

On the season, Oklahoma basketball averages 85.2 points, 38.3 rebounds and 15.1 assists per game.

"It could have went either way", Tyus Battle said. Together with Battle, Howard could help lead Syracuse to a win here. Brissett is sixth at 38.0. Meanwhile, Vitale was little short of apoplectic over the choice of the Oklahoma over Oklahoma State, which went 19-14 and knocked the Sooners out of the Big 12 tournament, at which point the Cowboys were 6-4 in their past 10 games.

The Sooners are 41-30 all-time in the NCAA Tournament (6-4 under Kruger) and have reached the Final Four five times (1939, 1947, 1988, 2002 and 2016). Teams are seeded too low, arch-rivals are seeded too high, good teams are left out and regionals are always stacked against a fan's favorite team.

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