MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Richard Pitino sat quietly in the middle of the room, his players eagerly alongside him and his children indifferent to him on the floor, as the teams slipped with NCAA Tournament offers on a large screen.
Louisville, an infrequent name.
Then came Minnesota, his current team.
Pitino only made a full and immediate smile of the extra surprise created by the selection committee with this type of seed No. 7 and 10 of the East Region.
In March the crash was raised on the large deficiencies and meals that were being met by buzzers who put up brackets during the office, but some of the TV that is seen every year before the open box is arranged.
The Louisville-Minnesota game is one of the default speakers, pitting Pitino and the Gophers against the rich program that his father, Rick Pitino, presented before the 2017-18 season in response to the federal investigation of bribery and basketball corruption nationwide case. Richard Pitino attended two skulls as an assistant to the Cardinals under his father, who was training a professional team in Greece this season.
“Has he talked about Louisville in the last two years? No, he didn't, in the most positive light, ”said Pitino. “It won't be with me. I won't, ‘Oh, it's revenge, '' or anything like that. It belongs to our players. It is about this program. ”
The Gophers will go to the NCAA Competition for the second time in six seasons under Pitino.
“We know it's been there for a long time, his father was there, but we can't do it under Pitino's family,” said senior Dupree McBrayer shooting guard. “This is a team game.”
The Cardinals and the Gophers were sent to Des Moines, Iowa, where they will be addressed on Thursday with a late morning story. This was the only assignment made by the committee which had, of course, exceeded the consideration for the court.
Buffalo will get a fresh insight into his first opponent when St John's State States of State play in one of the games on Wednesday night in Dayton, Ohio. If Arizona State strikes the right to face Buffalo Friday afternoon in Tulsa, Oklahoma, well, Nate Oats, Bulls will not be surprised. However, Sun Devils coach Bobby Hurley found himself a boss, before Buffalo Hurley left Arizona State and Oats.
As the last quarter of the bracket, the Western Region, was exposed, the oxen had its Bulls, seed No. 6, who would approach the Sun Devils.
“Do you think it was a coincidence? No, not yours. He's on television, ”said Oats, who was trading text messages with Hurley's brother, Danny, during the selection show.
Afterley Hurley ordered the first NCAA Buffalo competition in 2015, Oats have now directed the Lands to three in four years.
“The Coach Hurley gave me my shot. Draw him, ”said oats. “We speak a lot. Emotionally, it's not for fun. However, I hope they will win. ”
If UCF, seed no. 9 in the East Region; 8 VCU to strike, the coach Johnny Dawkins will be subject to the same kind of mixed feeling. The second round pairing for the Knights is likely to be the Duke, provided that an overall seed gave no. 1 minister for North Carolina Central or North Dakota. Dawkins was playing and training under Mike Krzyzewski's Blue Devils maven.
The coaches are a big part of the story in March, but they will always be on the bench. The players are the real stars of the show, and there are no more individual positions than Marquette's Markus Howard and Murray State's Ja Morant. Well, guess what? They also plan to play each other immediately.
Marquette seed is No. 5 in the West, which is before No. 12 Murray Murray in Hartford, Connecticut, Thursday evening. No one in the competition has scored more in this season than the Howard-5-11 Howard (the sixth country in the country with an average of 25.0 points per game) and the 6-foot-3 Morant (the t -type with 24.6 points per game). The Morant sophomore, dynamic dunker, is leading the nation with an average of 10.0 per game. Junior Howard met the 45 point mark three times.
Let's go back to Minnesota for a moment, too. If the Louisville Gophers hits, there is likely to be a more common foe still waiting for them in the next game: Michigan State. Seed plays No. 2 Spartans No. 15 Bradley to start. The Big Ten would be treated even if not in the rest of the country's State State Minnesota matchup.
Such an intraconference field is uncommon on the first weekend. In 2011, when the Lord East launched 11 recorded teams to the NCAA Competition which was then held by 16 teams, there were two All-Eastern matches in the second round: Cincinnati-Connecticut and Syracuse-Marquette.
According to David Worlock, NCAA's coordinating director and statistics, the committee seeks to avoid such issues if possible. The competition principles state that teams who have only played once during the season can meet as soon as the second round, and this season the Spartans and Gophers only hit once. If two teams played twice, they are allowed to meet as soon as the regional semifinals. If they met three times, they could not match them up to the regional finals.
The Sports Writer AP John Wawrow in Buffalo, New York, contributed to this report.
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