In the end though - the Arizona State Sun Devils are going to grab this one.
The underrated teams are the real gems.
When the Arizona State logo popped up on the tournament selection show, players celebrated by jumping into the swimming pool at Hurley's house. "So, we took advantage of the weather and the attractive place that we live in to celebrate quickly and jump around, and then jump in the pool quick", said Hurley, who was the first one to jump in the pool.
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Marshall has never got out of the first round despite appearing in the tournament five times, but this year is the Thundering Herd's best shot. Arizona State, which started the season 12-0, has lost five of its past six games. In that one, Arizona State guard Remy Martin put up 20 points. Lower even, like they played against Clemson in a win recently (55-52).
"Arizona State is a very good team", Boeheim said.
Leading the way for the Sun Devils this year is Tra Holder with 18.4 PPG.
Battle is the fifth player in Syracuse history to reach 1,000 points in his first two seasons, joining Lawrence Moten, Johnny Flynn, 2003 NCAA Tournament victor Gerry McNamara and Billy Owens.
Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim, right, talks with guard Tyus Battle (25) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Louisville, Monday, Feb. 5, 2018, in Louisville, Ky.
Texas Southern likes to get up and down the floor and score, averaging 77 points per game and scoring 90 or more in seven games this season. But Syracuse plays the better defense, holding opponents to under 40 percent field-goal shooting on the season. But they barely reached 20 wins, limped to an 8-10 record in the Pac-12 and lost in the first round of the conference tournament.
How to Bet: Vegas now has Arizona as an 8-point favorite to win. "I'm really happy for our three seniors who have invested so much in this program".
"We watched them a few time this year and know they're a good team with good players but we're also a good team with good players and we're going to come out and be ready to play", junior guard CJ Massinburg said. When they announced our name I was so excited. "We felt we were deserving of a place in the tournament, but others who actually make the decision didn't feel the same". North Carolina Central marched into the Big Dance for the second straight season Saturday, upsetting top-seeded Hampton to secure the league's automatic berth.
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