But the program has been known as much for its early NCAA exits as it has for a 159-21 record with four Big East regular-season titles in the last five seasons.
FIRST ROUND: Xavier, Missouri, South Dakota State, Gonzaga, San Diego State, Michigan, Providence, North Carolina. Kentucky and Arizona are both in the top half of the Cavaliers' draw.
The pressure will be higher than ever for the Cavaliers (31-2) to do it now. I'm leaning toward Nevada here, though, as they've got a pretty impressive offense.
Do you know where Lipscomb is?
UCLA averages 81.9 points per game, good for second in the Pac-12 and 28th in the country in scoring offense. Now the Wildcats (24-10) enter with a No. 5 seed after winning seven of eight to claim the SEC Tournament title.
The victor of No. 7 Texas A&M (20-12) and No. 10 Providence (21-13) awaits in a potential second-round matchup for UNC, which was sent to Charlotte instead of Duke. He said perception, not results, was holding OSU's postseason outlook back; in October, the Cowboys were picked to finish last in the Big 12.
Cincinnati (3-4) also has a stifling defense and won the American Athletic Conference title. Even though Virginia has been doing this for years, it's still a bit of a weird approach that has not produced a Final Four appearance for the program.
The most challenging region appeared to be the Midwest. Oh, and it has Oklahoma freshman Trae Young, who has the potential to go on a Steph Curry-like NCAA run.
The Big Ten got just four teams in the field: Michigan, Michigan State, Purdue and Ohio State. The only loss was in triple overtime to St. Bonaventure.
Florida is making its 19th NCAA Tournament appearance and second under White.
The Shockers (25-7) have the type of roster that can make another deep March run, led by guard Landry Shamut and big man Markis McDuffie.
Penn won the Ivy League to earn an automatic bid Sunday, and so did Kentucky in the Southeastern Conference.
BC-BKC-NCAA Tournament-East Region, 1st Ld-Writethru, 757Villanova earns top seed in NCAA Tournament East RegionAP Photo MSG124, MSG121Eds: Updates. The 10th-seeded Bulldogs defeated Villanova this season and lost to the Boilermakers in December. "I think our team is capable of winning games in the NCAA Tournament".
Unlike previous year, the team made a decision to watch the selection show privately. A win could set up a possible Sunday matchup with West Virginia, with top-seeded Villanova looming.
The selection committee's decision did not come as a surprise; BracketMatrix, a site that aggregates March Madness predictions, had Marquette in its "next four out" slot. The most recent upset was Michigan State losing to Middle Tennessee in 2016, but there could very well be one this year - looking at you, Duke and Iona.