NCAAB PLAYER NEWS
Virginia named 1st seed in South Region
The Virginia Cavaliers earned the number-one seed in the South Region for the 2019 men's NCAA Tournament.
This is the fourth time in the past six years Virginia has earned a top bid. They are one of three ACC teams to earn a number-one seed, along with the Duke Blue Devils (East Region) and North Carolina Tar Heels (Midwest Region). Virginia became the first one seed in men's NCAA Tournament history to lose to a 16-seed last year. They will look to avenge that defeat on Friday versus the number-16 Gardner-Webb Runnin' Bulldogs.
The Cavaliers are 3rd in numberFire's NCAA Basketball Team Rankings.
North Carolina claims top seed in Midwest region
The North Carolina Tar Heels will be the number one seed in the Midwest Region for The 2019 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament.
After finishing the regular season with a 27-6 record, the Tar Heels were chosen as the top seed in the Midwest Region despite losing in the ACC semifinals. Look for Cameron Johnson, Luke Maye and Coby White to step up against the Iona Gaels in the first round.
North Carolina is rated fifth overall in numberFire's NCAAB Power Rankings.
Gonzaga earns No. 1 seed in the West
The Gonzaga Bulldogs earned the No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament's West Regional.
Gonzaga is 30-3 and has only lost once since mid-December: a 13-point lost to St. Mary's in the West Coast Conference title game.
The Bulldogs are second in our power rankings and are rated as 21.2 points above average.
Duke earns top seed in the NCAA tournament
The Duke Blue Devils earned the top overall seed in the NCAA tournament and the No. 1 seed in the East Regional.
The Blue Devils are 29-5 and coming off an ACC tournament title. They are led by arguably the top player in the country, forward Zion Williamson, who is averaging 22.1 points per game.
Duke is the top team in our power ranked, which rate them as 21.6 points better than average.
Kansas punches ticket to Final Four with 85-81 victory over Duke
The Kansas Jayhawks topped the Duke Blue Devils with a 85-81 overtime victory in the Elite Eight on Sunday.
Malik Newman lit up the Blue Devils for a career-high 32 points -- including all 13 of Kansas' points in overtime -- to lead the Jayhawks to their first Final Four since 2012. They will square off with the Villanova Wildcats on Saturday in San Antonio.
The Jayhawks entered the tournament ranked 7th in numberFire's NCAAB Power Rankings.
Villanova advances to Final Four for second time in three seasons with victory over Texas Tech
The Villanova Wildcats defeated the Texas Tech Red Raiders 71-59 in the Elite Eight on Sunday.
Jalen Brunson scored a game-high 15 points and Eric Paschall pulled down a career-high 14 rebounds as the Wildcats secured their second trip to the Final Four in the past three years. They will face the Kansas Jayhawks in the national semifinals on Saturday in San Antonio.
Villanova entered the tournament ranked 1st overall in numberFire's NCAAB Power Rankings.
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