Davidson (20-11, 74 RPI) is no lock if it loses. OSU won seven games against top-50 teams, including a sweep of Kansas, a win over 3 seed Texas Tech, a win at 5 seed West Virginia and a semi-road win at Florida State.
Still, bubble teams might have reason to worry.
"I think it is a disgrace, I think it is an embarrassment, and it's a humiliation to what this tournament's about". Despite missing the NCAA Tournament for the first time in five years last season, Kruger continued his track record of bouncing back.
"But that wasn't the only factor going against the Gaels - Saint Mary's was also done in by the NCAA's desire to get big names into their big-money tournament".
Kansas is to the Big 12 Conference what the Patriots are to the AFC East. That's part of a program philosophy of scheduling hard in the non-conference. But those two teams ranked in the AP Top 25 appear to be safely in the tourney no matter what happens.
The field is set for the NCAA basketball tournament and there is legitimate controversy about the brackets concerning an Oklahoma team.
They range from teams that made it into the tournament off the so-called bubble - Alabama - to one of the best teams in the country. Despite starting four new players, SU hummed along, led by point guard Tiana Mangakahia, who finished the season averaging a nation-leading 9.9 assists per game to go with 17.8 points per game.
This is the Sun Devils' 16th NCAA appearance.
"If I had to choose a location, we would have chosen that location just because of our proximity to Tempe and our fans, travel time and time change for us", head coach Charli Turner Thorne said. "But the perseverance that they've showed this year and especially over the last 48, 72 hours. we've played ourselves hopefully (into) the tournament".
Dubbed "Guard U" when it was on fire to start of the season, Arizona State is led by senior Tra Holder, who dropped 40 points on the Musketeers and scored another 29 in the win against the Jayhawks just two weeks later.