Battle of Atlantis matchups, per source: Purdue vs. Tennessee, Villanova vs. Western Kentucky, NC State vs. Arizona, SMU vs. Northern Iowa.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) August 14, 2017
Two weeks ago, this would have been a pretty cool matchup. Since then, 5-star freshman Mitchell Robinson fled campus, was suspended indefinitely, and is now transferring from the school. This all after his Godfather Shammond Williams left the staff. Things are going just great in Bowling Green.
Not only does that rob us of a fun Robinson vs. Omari Spellman matchup, it makes the Hilltoppers a much less formidable foe. They went 15-17 last year and although they’ve brought in some reinforcements, this becomes a potentially much easier game for the ‘Cats.
We’ll wait for the full brackets to see what Villanova’s path is, but it’s a fair bet that the tournament organizers will have put ‘Nova and the Arizona Wildcats - both Top 10 teams - on opposite ends of the bracket.