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College basketball's NCAA tournament brackets released: Louisville is No. 4 seed

Russ Smith is ready to defend the national title
Russ Smith is ready to defend the national title
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On Sunday, the college basketball selection committee announced the field of 68 for the NCAA tournament. As everybody expected, the Florida Gators were picked as the No.1 overall seed. The Gators have won 26 straight games, including a one point victory to win the SEC tournament over Kentucky.

The other No.1 seeds were expected after all of Sunday’s action was done. Wichita State, Arizona, and Virginia were the other No.1 seeds when the brackets were released.

Tourney locks revealed before brackets released.

There weren’t many shocks when the brackets were announced, but there were a few teams in weird spots as the selections were announced. The Louisville Cardinals seem like the best team in the nation right now and they got chosen as a No.4 seed.

Another American Athletic conference member, SMU was left out of the field altogether. According to the selection committee, the Mustangs were the first team left out of the tournament.

The South - Top Four Seeds

1. Florida Gators: Like it was stated earlier, Florida is riding a 26 game winning streak into the tournament. They’ll need 32 straight to win the whole thing.

2. Kansas Jayhawks: The Jayhawks won the Big 12 regular season, yet they may be without the services of Joel Embiid for the entire tournament.

3. Syracuse Orange: Syracuse started the season with 25 victories, but finished the season with five losses. They’ll be playing in Buffalo on Thursday.

4. UCLA Bruins: UCLA gets to face Tulsa in nearby San Diego. The Bruins are PAC-12 champs and riding high into the big dance.

The West- Top Four Seeds

1. Arizona Wildcats: Arizona ran through the PAC-12, but lost two of their last four games. Still, their athletic ability is hard to handle in an up tempo game. They are also strong defensively.

2. Wisconsin Badgers: The Badgers were in play for a No.1 seed but their lost to Michigan State kept them from a top spot.

3. Creighton Blue Jays: As much as it’s about Doug McDermott for Creighton, it’s ancillary parts that will have them make a strong run.

4. San Diego State: The Aztecs lost two of three games to New Mexico. Their rebounding and defense should make them a tough out in the tournament.

The East- Top Four Seeds

1. Virginia Cavaliers: Virginia won the ACC regular season and tournament championship to help earn the No.1 seed.

2. Villanova Wildcats: Villanova had a chance at the No.1 seed until their loss to Seton Hall. They settled for the second seed as the Big East regular season champion.

3. Iowa State Cyclones: Iowa State had a tremendous season, culminating with a Big 12 tournament title. They are highly effective on the offensive end with many interchangeable parts.

4. Michigan State Spartans: The Spartans fought injuries all season, but came together to win the Big 10 tourney title.

The Midwest- Top Four Seeds

1. Wichita State Shockers: As the only undefeated team in the nation, Wichita State has a tough road ahead to earn a second straight final four berth.

2. Michigan Wolverines: Michigan was attempting to sweep the Big 10 championship, but fell one game short. They lost the No.1 seed possibility, however the Wolverines might be equipped to make a long run.

3. Duke Blue Devils: Duke also lost in the finals of their conference tourney. Can Jabari Parker help take the Blue Devils on a championship journey?

4. Louisville Cardinals: This looks like the best team in the whole dance. However, the selection committee put them at No. 4.

Stay tuned for deep analysis of the NCAA tournament bracket, region by region.


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