Breaking down what to look for on NCAA Selection Sunday

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So let's look at the surprises and snubs in this year's NCAA Tournament selection process. Should FSU get in the dance and win this game they would potentially face No. 3 Auburn or No. 14 New Mexico.

Lunardi had Texas as one of his last four teams in the field before the win, underscoring how important it was for Shaka Smart's squad. They present an intriguing matchup as a team that is elite at playing a similar style to UVa.

It's pretty insane to look back now to De'Andre Hunter's buzzer-beater at Louisville and see how much it changed the outlook of the NCAA Tournament.

SNUB: Committee chairman Bruce Rasmussen said Notre Dame was the team that got bumped from the field when Davidson upended Rhode Island in the Atlantic 10 title game Sunday to steal a bid (Rhode Island was safely in regardless).

Winning the way they did against Providence in overtime during the Big East tournament championship shows how tough this Villanova team can be, and as long as guys like Mikal Bridges and Jalen Brunson are on top of their games, Villanova is going to be a very risky team to compete against in the East Region.

Arizona State will be dancing in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2014.

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For all the talk about parity in men's college hoops, No. 1 seeds have filled six of the 12 Final Four berths over the past three NCAA tournaments.

Even though the Hokies are a very balanced squad, Robinson is the engine that makes the whole team go. Oklahoma and Arizona State started so well, but finished so poorly, limping to the finish.

After a 12-1 start, which included a 109-89 win over the Cowboys on January 3, the Sooners limped to the finish line with six wins in their final 18 games. Had that shot missed, Louisville would have probably been in the NCAA Tournament.

There will be a surprise or two concerning bubble teams later on the Selection Sunday show, just like always.

According to Rob Dauster of, 51 of 64 teams that have made the Final Four since 2002 have rated in the top 30 in adjusted offensive efficiency in the Pomeroy Ratings. What will they be seeded? But the Boilermakers were upset in the Bahamas and the anticipated game may come instead with a Final Four berth at stake.

Creighton beat Villanova two weeks ago. Now the Wildcats (24-10) enter with a No. 5 seed after winning seven of eight to claim the SEC Tournament title. They also won 23 games this season which matched their best win total since 2009.

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