The south region is regarded as the toughest region in the bracket. The Bulldogs open with 13th-seeded Winthrop, then would face either No. 5 Minnesota or No. 12 Middle Tennessee State. Many considered the Blue Devils to be in the running for a no. 1 seed. Providence faces USC in a play-in game in Dayton on Wednesday. That may be a nod to the long travel to Sacramento. As the tournament progresses you can track with the bracket manager.
If Kentucky can survive opening weekend in Indianapolis, a Calipari return to South region host Memphis, where he coached the Tigers for nine seasons, might bring murderous matchups against two teams United Kingdom split with during the regular season. And the next closest sites are nowhere close, in Kansas City and Memphis.
The rest? All top seeds. They should have no problem advancing, where they’ll face the victor of an intriguing game between Miami and Michigan State. The No. 12 Seahawks come in 29-5 and an automatic bid as CAA champs.
No. 1 Kansas vs.
The Big East tournament started in a flash for the Cats, who beat St. John’s 108-67, the most points the school has ever scored in a Big East tournament game.
A Big 10 Tournament title got MI a No. 7 seed where they’ll be on upset watch against No. 10 Oklahoma State. UNCW has tourney experience on their side, but not a lot of size. They may just be overmatched in this one.
West Region: San Jose, Calif..
At the end of the season, however, those three teams have no one to blame but themselves for not being in the tournament. That can’t be right.
Vanderbilt head coach Bryce Drew and his Commodores basketball team has nearly done the unthinkable by taking a lost cause and turning it into a quality NCAA Tournament team.
West Virginia grabbed a four seed, and they’ll take on KU’s old nemesis Bucknell in the first round.
Did you know no. 12 seeds sometimes upset no. 5 seeds?
North Carolina lost two of three games to Duke this season, including one in the ACC tournament semifinals.
The Wildcats will play the victor of the play-in game between Mount St. Mary’s or New Orleans. This season for the first round of the East Region the Wildcats will play in Buffalo, New York at KeyBank Center.
Kentucky men’s basketball extended its national record for most NCAA Tournament appearances to 56 on Sunday, as the team was selected as the No. 2 seed in the South Region. Villanova will face the victor of Mt. St. Mary’s/New Orleans in the No. 16 seed game.
Stay away from: Ultra-talented No. 3 Florida State was flawless at home and 8-8 on the road.
No. 6 Southern Methodist vs. You remember UCLA. Behind standout freshman guard Lonzo Ball, the Bruins rolled into Rupp Arena on December 3 and snapped Kentucky’s 42-game home-court winning streak with a 97-92 win. Frank Martin gets to take on Marquette to kick things off, while Duke shouldn’t have issues with Troy.