They finished just tied for eighth in an unimpressive year for the Pac-12, but still snuck into the tournament thanks to their stellar nonconference resume.
But who knows, maybe they'll prove me wrong.
NC Central beat top-seeded Hampton 71-63 to win the automatic bid from the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. The Sun Devils (20-11, 8-10 Pac-12) make their 15th tournament appearance - and the first since 2014 - while the Orange (20-13, 8-10 ACC) are back in the tournament for the 39th time after missing the cut last season.
Three seasons later, though, it was this three-man backcourt that returned ASU to prominence under the tutelage of their coach and brought "Guard U" into existence. The Sun Devils showed how high their ceiling was earlier in the season with wins over Kansas and Xavier. "It was great to see them experience that moment on Sunday".
"It was a very emotional couple of days", Hurley said Tuesday. I have a really good team and I'm not going to go out there and try to score 30 every night because we share the wealth on this team. Kodi Justice and Romello White were the other two guys. Even more importantly, he was a big part of what many in the program believe is a rise to national relevance that will stay for as long as Hurley does and even when he's gone. "Wow, how did we not see this coming?" Let's not forget that if Kentucky gets past Davidson and Arizona Virginia would play a team that is playing as good as anyone right now.
That being said, Battle is the team's leading scorer while Howard is the point guard of the group, leading the team in assists with five a game. Their impact comes on the defensive end.
Syracuse also ranks poorly there, 305th in the country at 32.3 percent.
Four players are averaging at least 14.6 points per game for Buffalo, they are CJ Massinburg (16.9), Nick Perkins (16.6), Jeremy Harris (15.4) and Wes Clark (14.6).
But before the final concrete is poured, there is more left to do.
The victor of this game will secure a No. 11 seed and take on the No. 6 TCU Horned Frogs in the Round of 64.
He took 17 shots in his first game back, so the future lottery pick isn't shy about letting it fly, and his presence really helps their ball-handling. So he's looking for his first tournament win as a coach.
I want to look at some of the bubble teams that made it into the tournament in an effort to find where the committee was maybe the most wrong, and I want to look at two things in particular: the difficulty of their non-conference schedule, and their record against teams that actually made the tournament.
One of the toughest aspects of bracketing for the committee was what to do with the placement of Big East teams.