NCAA Tournament: Let the games begin — in earnest

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March 21, 2019 - 10:19 AM

Villanova Head Coach Jay Wright raises his arms during the first-half against Seton Hall at the Wells Fargo Center on Jan. 27. YONG KIM

Reigning national champion Villanova will be in action along with Michigan, the runner-up from a year ago, while Belmont and Murray State open the NCAA Tournament as trendy upset picks.

There’s Kansas and Michigan State to provide some blue-blood flavor, and Murray State’s Ja Morant and Marquette counterpart Markus Howard some star power. There’s the big-name coaches such as Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim and the under-appreciated in Wofford’s Mike Young.

What more could you want on the first real day of the dance?

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