Here we go! The selection committee on Monday released this year’s NCAA tournament bracket. As always, chaos is expected. The Road to Omaha is rarely a smooth and predictable route for most.
You can examine the full bracket here.
The top eight national seeds: No. 1 Florida, No. 2 Stanford, No. 3 Oregon State, No. 4 Ole Miss, No. 5 Arkansas, No. 6 North Carolina, No. 7 Florida State and No. 8 Georgia.
For the first year, the committee assigned seeds to the rest of the top 16 teams, too. Here are the other eight: No. 9 Texas Tech, No. 10 Clemson, No. 11 Stetson, No. 12 East Carolina, No. 13 Texas, No. 14 Minnesota, No. 15 Coastal Carolina and No. 16 NC State.
The SEC once again reigned supreme among the leagues, placing a nation-high 10 teams into the field. It tied a tournament record with 10 bids and four top 8 national seeds.
The ACC was next with six squads. The rest of the pack: Big 12 (five), American (four), Pac-12 (four), Big Ten (four), Atlantic Sun (two), Colonial (two), Conference USA (two), Missouri Valley (two), Ohio Valley (two) and Sun Belt (two).
There were a few snubs, as there always are. Kentucky (RPI No. 32), UCF (No. 43), Arizona (No. 46) and Illinois (No. 47) were the first four teams left out of the field. Each of those squads had legitimate case for earning a spot in a regional. Dallas Baptist, Northeastern, Oklahoma State and Troy were the last four in.
Rice, TCU, Virginia, Miami and USC are a few big-name programs who did not make the NCAA tournament this year.
(1) Florida vs. (4) Columbia | (2) Jacksonville vs. (3) Florida Atlantic
(1) NC State vs. (4) Army | (2) Auburn vs. (3) Northeastern
(1) Georgia vs. (4) Campbell | (2) Duke vs. (3) Troy
(1) Texas Tech vs. (4) New Mexico State | (2) Louisville vs. (3) Kent State
(1) Arkansas vs. (4) Oral Roberts | (2) Southern Miss vs. (3) Dallas Baptist
(1) East Carolina vs. (4) UNC-Wilmington | (2) South Carolina vs. (3) Ohio State
(1) Ole Miss vs. (4) Saint Louis | (2) Tennessee Tech vs. (3) Missouri State
(1) Texas vs. (4) Texas Southern | (2) Indiana vs. (3) Texas A&M
(1) Stanford vs. (4) Wright State | (2) Fullerton vs. (3) Baylor
(1) Coastal Carolina vs. (4) LIU Brooklyn | (2) UConn vs. (3) Washington
(1) Florida State vs. (4) Samford | (2) Mississippi State vs. (3) Oklahoma
(1) Clemson vs. (4) Morehead State | (2) Vanderbilt vs. (3) St. John’s
CHAPEL HILL REGIONAL
(1) North Carolina vs. (4) North Carolina A&T | (2) Purdue vs. (3) Houston
(1) Stetson vs. (4) Hartford | (2) South Florida vs. (3) Oklahoma State
(1) Oregon State vs. (4) Northwestern State | (2) LSU vs. (3) San Diego State
(1) Minnesota vs. (4) Canisius | (2) UCLA vs. (3) Gonzaga