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First rounds will be a huge factor

Originally Published: March 9, 2005
By Andy Katz | ESPN.com

Conference tournament first-round or quarterfinal games will be more important to the selection process this week than at any time in recent memory.

So says at least one source close to the NCAA Tournament selection committee. There could be bubble-bursting games in the first round, like Indiana-Minnesota in the Big Ten.

"There are so many teams that need to win a first-round game to create some separation," said the source. "There is a lot of pressure to win these first-round games."

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