March Madness has officially begun and Kansas together with North Carolina, Virginia and Oregon will be up for the challenge as they were picked as number one seeds in their respective brackets after the NCAA tournament Sunday Selection.
Being number one in the bracket may have some advantages, but mostly comes with a great responsibility as teams becomes the target for others in the field as they would aim for an upset to claim the number one seed outright.
The Kansas City Jayhawks have been selected as the number one seed in the South and will face Austin Peay State University, which is selected no. 16 in the bracket. The North Carolina Tar Heels, which takes the top seed in the East, will meet either Florida Gulf Coast University or Fairleigh Dickson University.
In the Midwest, Virginia will face Hampton while Oregon will battle either Holy Cross or Southern University in the West.
The first four games for each bracket will be played staring Tuesday with the first round to begin on March 17 to 18 and then will lead up to the next round which will be on March 19 to 20.
The First Four games will take place at the University of Daytona Arena, Daytona, Ohio with the University of Daytona as hosts. Then the First and Second Rounds will be from March 17 to 19 at the Dunkin Donuts Center, Providence, Rhode Island (Host: Providence College); Wells Fargo Arena, Des Moines, Iowa (Host: Iowa State University); PNC Arena, Raleigh, North Carolina (Host: North Carolina State University); and at Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado (Host Mountain West Conference).
For March 18 to 20, games will be at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York (Host: Atlantic 10 Conference); Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri (Host: Missouri Valley Conference); Chesapeake Energy Area in Oklahoma City (Host: Big 12 Conference); and Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena in Spokane, Washington (Host: University of Idaho).
The Regional semifinals and finals or known as the Sweet 16 and Elite Eight will be on March 24 and 26 with the South Regionals at the KFC Yum Center in Louisville, Kentucky (Host: University of Louisville) while the West regional will be at Honda Center in Anaheim, California (Host: Big West Conference).
This year’s Selection Sunday committee includes University of Oklahoma Athletic Director Joe Castiglione (chairman), Wake Forest University Athletic Director Ron Wellman, Louisiana State University Director of Athletics Joe Alleva, University of Pittsburgh Athletic Director Scott Barnes, Big Sky Conference Commissioner Doug Fullerton, Michigan State University Athletic Director Mark Hollis, Conference USA Executive Associate Commissioner Judy MacLeod, Creighton University Athletic Director Bruce Rasmussen, Northeastern University Athletic Director Peter Roby and Brigham University Athletic Director Tom Holme.
The committee will determined the 68 teams in the men’s division and 64 teams in the women’s division will enter the tournament dubbed as “March Madness.” It will also show the team’s seeding and match up brackets.
Thirty-two teams gain automatic entry through winning their conference’s championship. The remaining teams (36 men’s, 32 women’s) rely on the selection committee to award them an at-large bid in the tournament.
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