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NCAA Tournament 2017: Virginia emerges as the only DMV school with odds to win it all

NCAA Tournament 2017: Virginia emerges as the only DMV school with odds to win it all

BY TYLER BYRUM, @theTylerByrum

Earlier this week, FiveThirtyEight released their probabilities and simulations at who was going to win the 2017 Men's D1 NCAA Tournament and it was not too kind to D.C., Maryland, and Virginia schools in the big dance.

Only the Virginia Cavaliers have above a one percent chance to bring home the national title, and allbeit was only two percent. 

Favorites to win it all were no surprise the No. 1 seeds; Villanova (15 percent), Gonzaga (14 percent), Kansas (10 percent), and North Carolina (seven percent). Kentucky is the highest seed to win it all at eight percent with Duke right behind at seven percent, both teams are No. 2 seeds. 

Both Virginia (72 percent) and Maryland (51 percent) are favorites to win their first round games against North Carolina-Wilmington and Xavier respectivelly.  VCU (26 percent), Virginia Tech (21 percent) Mount St. Mary's (1 percent) are all predicted to lose in their first game. Only Virginia has greater than one percent chance to make the Final Four as well (eight percent).

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Odds to win the NCAA Tournament:

Virginia: 2 percent 

Virginia Tech: <1 percent

VCU: <1 percent

Maryland: <1 percent

Mount St. Mary's: <1 percent

Odds will be updated live as the action moves on throughout the rest of the NCAA Tournament. Follow along at FiveThirtyEight's website

Hyland scores 21 to lead VCU past St. Bonaventure

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Hyland scores 21 to lead VCU past St. Bonaventure

Nah'Shon Hyland had a season-high 21 points as VCU easily beat Saint Bonaventure 91-63 on Saturday.

Hyland hit 5 of 6 3-pointers. He added eight rebounds.

Marcus Santos-Silva had 17 points and 11 rebounds for VCU (13-5, 3-2 Atlantic 10 Conference). Issac Vann added 10 points. Corey Douglas had seven rebounds.

VCU dominated the first half and led 52-24 at the break. The Rams' 52 first-half points marked a season best for the team.

Justin Winston had 17 points for the Bonnies (12-6, 4-1), whose four-game win streak was broken. Jaren English added 15 points. Dominick Welch had seven rebounds.

VCU takes on Saint Joseph's on the road on Tuesday. Saint Bonaventure plays Dayton on the road on Wednesday.

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Howard's 42 points power Marquette past Georgetown, 84-80

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Howard's 42 points power Marquette past Georgetown, 84-80

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Markus Howard scored half of Marquette's total points and Koby McEwen hit four free throws in the final nine seconds as the Golden Eagles held off Georgetown to earn an 84-80 Big East Conference victory on Saturday afternoon.

Howard was second in the nation with a 27.3 points-per-game average through 16 games coming into the crucial conference game at Georgetown. Against the Hoyas he was 14 of 31 from the field, including 6 of 14 from distance, and 8 of 12 from the line.

McEwen was just 1 of 6 from the field and missed all three of his 3-point attempts as well as his first two from the free-throw line for Marquette (13-5, 3-3). But in the final seconds of the game he was 4-for-4.

Mac McClung finished with 24 points and Omar Yurtseven added 22 points and 11 rebounds to lead Georgetown (12-7, 2-4).

Marquette returns home to face St. John's Tuesday night in the annual Al's Night game honoring legendary coach Al McGuire, who played at St. John's before leading the Golden Eagles to a national championship in 1977. Georgetown is at Xavier Wednesday.

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