Bryce Hopkins predicted that Providence’s path in the NCAA Tournament would begin with Kentucky, the place where he started his college career before transferring. Pittsburgh forward Blake Hinson also had a similar situation, facing the Iowa State team he left behind to help spark the Panthers’ revival. The bracket has two reunions taking place Friday under the same roof in different regions, both featuring players who are leading their new teams in scoring. This scenario could become much more common in the transfer-portal era, with freer player movement evolving into de facto free agency.

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