Michigan Wolverines in tough West bracket in NCAA tournament
By JOHN MARSHALL
AP Basketball Writer
LAS VEGAS — Gonzaga had its 21-game winning streak end in the West Coast Conference tournament title game.
The loss to Saint Mary’s was not enough to make the NCAA Tournament selection committee move the top-ranked Bulldogs off the No. 1 line.
Gonzaga earned a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament for the third time in seven years on Sunday, topping a difficult West Region that includes Michigan, Texas Tech, Florida State, Marquette, Buffalo, Nevada and Syracuse.
The lower seeds include Baylor, Murray State, Vermont, Northern Kentucky and Florida. Arizona State and St. John’s will play in the First Four on Tuesday in Dayton, Ohio. The West Region concludes March 28-30 in Anaheim, California.
TOUGH BRACKET: Teams in the West Region could make an argument they’re playing in the bracket’s toughest region.
Gonzaga may have more talent than the team that went to the national title game two years ago. Michigan opened its season with 17 straight wins after playing for a national championship last season and made it to the Big Ten title game.
Florida State is long, athletic and finished fourth in the ACC, arguably the nation’s toughest conference. Marquette and Murray State each have players who can carry a team deep into the bracket . Buffalo has a veteran team that knocked off Arizona in the NCAA Tournament last year and swept the Mid-American Conference regular-season and tournament titles.