See the List: Three New England Teams Make NCAA Tournament

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WORCESTER – With the likes of Providence, UCONN, Boston College and even Worcester’s Holy Cross being on the outside looking in for this year’s NCAA tournament, there’s only a few teams remaining for basketball fans in New England to root for — and they’re all extreme underdogs.

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The NCAA announced the 68 teams to make the tournament field on Sunday night and, among those teams, only three make their home in New England — Northeastern University (#13 seed), University of Vermont (#13 seed) and Yale University (#14 seed).

Each of the three teams had to win their conference tournament in order to make their bid into the tournament — Northeastern defeated Hofstra on March 12 in the Colonial Athletic Conference [CAA] championship, Vermont defeated University of Maryland – Baltimore County on March 16 in America East championship, and Yale defeated Harvard on St. Patrick’s Day to win the Ivy League championship.

According to NCAA history, as 13-seeds, both Northeastern and Vermont have a 20.6% chance of winning and moving onto the second round. Yale – a 14 seed – only has a 15.4% chance of victory.

Here are their first-round opponents, locations and tip-off times:

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14 Yale vs 3 LSU – East Region – 12:40 PM on TruTv

Matchup: 

14 Yale Bulldogs

  • AP Rank: —
  • Conference Rank: 1
  • Conference Record 10-4
  • Record vs Top. 50: 1-3
  • PPG: 81.1
  • Points Allowed: 73.2

3 LSU Tigers

  • AP Rank – 9
  • Conference Rank: 1
  • Conference Record: 16-2
  • Record vs Top 50: 6-2
  • PPG: 81.4
  • Points Allowed: 73.0

 

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13 Vermont vs 4 Florida State – West Region – 2 PM – TBS

Matchup:

13 Vermont Catamounts

  • AP Rank: —
  • Conference Rank: 1
  • Conference Record: 14-2
  • Record vs Top 50: 3-2
  • PPG: 73.9
  • Points Allowed: 62.6

4 Florida State Seminoles

  • AP Rank: 12
  • Conference Rank: 4
  • Conference Record: 13-5
  • Record vs Top 50: 7-5
  • PPG: 74.9
  • Points Allowed 67.1

 

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13 Northeastern vs 4 Kansas – Midwest Region – 4 PM – TNT

Matchup:

13 Northeastern Huskies

  • AP Rank: —
  • Conference Rank: 2
  • Conference Record: 14-4
  • Record vs Top 50: 1-4
  • PPG: 76.1
  • Points Allowed: 70.3

4 Kansas Jayhawks

  • AP Rank: 17
  • Conference Rank: 3
  • Conference Record: 12-6
  • Record vs Top 50: 10-7
  • PPG: 75.4
  • Points Allowed: 70.1

 

Come back to ThisWeekinWorcester.com on Tuesday, March 19, to see our picks for these three games and 19 other Tips for Filling Out a Winning Bracket!


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