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:
14 Yale Bulldogs
3 LSU Tigers
13 Vermont Catamounts
4 Florida State Seminoles
13 Northeastern Huskies
4 Kansas Jayhawks
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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