Kansas expects to have Azubuike back for NCAA tourney opener


The Tar Heels are averaging 8.3 three-pointers per game on 36.4% shooting from beyond the arc.

"A lot of people think the plane crash was just the football team, but I think you have to understand all the biggest supporters of basketball were on the airplane too, and we lost all of them", said D'Antoni, who at the time was a young basketball assistant coach there only months after finishing his playing career as a Herd point guard.

The Tar Heels are set up very nicely to earn a trip to San Antonio. The Highlanders won the Big South conference, getting an automatic bid as a First Four team. The Tar Heels are 33-1 in NCAA Tournament games in their home state, the only loss coming in 1979.

Keep an eye on the matchup between No. 7 seed Texas A&M and No. 10 seed Providence.

Lipscomb has won 8 straight games and has been led by their offense this season which ranks 21st in scoring offense and 51st in assists per game. Most notably, Oklahoma (18-13) dropped from a four-seed to a No. 10 - the product of losing eight of its final 10 games. The Aggies have wins over Auburn and Kentucky this season, two teams who have spent most of the year in the top 25, but they don't have much else on their resume.

Along with the players killed in the worst disaster in USA sports history, there were 39 coaches, administrators, community leaders, fans and crew who died when the team's chartered jet crashed on November 14, 1970, when returning from a game.

The Tigers are seeded No. 4 in the Midwest Region and will face No. 13 Charleston in the opening round.

MI is led by the inside-outside dominance of junior forward Moritz Wagner, who scored a team-high 20 points in the Wolverines' loss to UNC back in November.

The Wildcats endured one of their toughest seasons under head coach John Calipari. Offensively, North Carolina has been led by Luke Maye (17.2 ppg, 10.1 rpg, 2.4 apg, 1.0 spg, 1.1 bpg), Joel Berry II (17.1 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 3.3 apg, 1.1 spg), Cameron Johnson (12.7 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 2.3 apg), and Kenny Williams (11.4 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1.1 spg). On the MI side, Wagner's 20 points were the only consistent offense the visitors could find all night. Due to the early start of the Big Ten tournament this season, the Buckeyes (24-8) will have a 12-day gap between games before facing the Summit League-champion Jackrabbits.

The Spartans were considered to be the best team in the country at various points this season.

In fact, according to the advanced analytics site KenPom.com, Kansas - though seeded first - is the third-best team in its own quadrant. The Muskeeters average 84 points a night, ranking them 11th in the nation and 15 spots ahead of UNC-which scores at a clip of 82 points per game.

Top three seeds Kansas, Duke and Michigan State have combined for 271 wins in 118 tournament appearances, 39 Final Fours and 10 national championships - and all could be in Omaha for the Sweet 16 in two weeks.