The Texas A&M Aggies are up now as the last SEC team to get the NCAA Tournament in progress. Vanderbilt didn't do so well in its loss to Wichita State, but Kentucky had a pretty good time against Stony Brook.
A&M is a 3-seed, and those don't often lose in the first round. Last year was an aberration with two 14-seeds winning; that's happened just two other times in the 64-team tournament era that began in 1985.
At least one 14-seed winning a game does happen a little more than half the time historically, but A&M isn't likely to be a 3-seed that gets upset right off the bat this year. That honor goes to West Virginia, which is playing by far the best 14-seed in Stephen F. Austin. Using the KenPom ratings to give SEC comparables, SFA is roughly as good as Florida. TAMU's opening opponent of Green Bay is right around where Tennessee is.
Good luck to you and your brackets today, and use this as an open thread.
|12:15p||St. Louis||Midwest||(7) Dayton Flyers vs. (10) Syracuse Orange||Brian Anderson/Steve Smith//Dana Jacobson|
|12:40p||Brooklyn||South||(2) Villanova Wildcats vs. (15) UNC-Asheville Bulldogs||Verne Lundquist/Jim Spanarkel//Allie LaForce|
|1:30p||Oklahoma City||West||(7) Oregon State Beavers vs. 910) Virginia Commonwealth Rams||Carter Blackburn/ Mike Gminski//Jaime Maggio|
|2:00p||Spokane||South||(4) California Golden Bears vs. (13) Hawaii Rainbow Warriors||Spero Dedes/Doug Gottlieb//Ros Gold-Onwude|
|After conc. I||St. Louis||Midwest||(2) Michigan State Spartans vs. (15) Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders||Anderson/Smith//Jacobson|
|After conc. I||Oklahoma City||West||(2) Oklahoma Sooners vs. (15) CS-Bakersfield Roadrunners||Blackburn/Gminski//Maggio|
|After conc. I||Brooklyn||South||(7) Iowa Hawkeyes vs. (10) Temple Owls||Lundquist/Spanarkel//LaForce|
|After conc. I||Spokane||South||(5) Maryland Terrapins vs. (12) South Dakota State Jackrabbits||Dedes/Gottlieb//Gold-Onwude|
|6:50p||St. Louis||East||(7) Wisconsin Badgers vs.(10) Pittsburgh Panthers||Anderson/Smith//Jacobson|
|7:10p||Brooklyn||East||(3) West Virginia Mountaineers vs. (14) Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks||Lundquist/Spanarkel//LaForce|
|7:20p||Oklahoma City||West||(3) Texas A&M Aggies vs. (14) Green Bay Phoenix||Blackburn/Gminski//Maggio|
|7:27p||Spokane||West||(1) Oregon Ducks vs. (16) Holy Cross Crusaders||Dedes/Gottlieb//Gold-Onwude|
|After conc. III||St. Louis||East||(2) Xavier Musketeers vs. (15) Weber State Wildcats||Anderson/Smith//Jacobson|
|After conc. III||Brooklyn||East||(6) Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs.(11) Michigan Wolverines||Lundquist/Spanarkel//LaForce|
|After conc. III||Oklahoma City||West||(6) Texas Longhorns vs.(11) Northern Iowa Panthers||Blackburn/Gminski//Maggio|
|After conc. III||Spokane||West||(8) Saint Josephs (PA) Hawks vs. (9) Cincinnati Bearcats||Dedes/Gottlieb//Gold-Onwude|