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This is March, and the bracket for the 2017 NCAA tournament has just been revealed.

Bracket Buster: This is what you'd call the team that ruins your tournament bracket. So who won and who lost with the committee's release? This is an unbelievable accomplishment for everyone at this school, all the faculty and students, and everybody that helped us get to this point.

Production crews have been embedded with the teams beginning Selection Sunday. For example, while the website rates three of the No. 8 seed vs. The Illinois State Redbirds were one of the first four out and settled for a No. 1 seed in the NIT. They get a favorable matchup against Creighton and then a beat-up OR team playing without one of their best players.

TOUGH BREAK: Gonzaga enters this tournament with the best record in the field, 32-1. The Tar Heels hung on to a No. 1 seed despite losing in the ACC Tournament semifinals to Duke, and that was probably fair.

Favorite: Despite being upset by TCU in the Big 12 Tournament, Kansas was rewarded with a No. 1 seed for winning the regular season title of nation's deepest conference. The Midwest and South regions are just better than the East and West.

"When I came four years ago, it was a belief in a day like today, a belief that we could compete for NCAA Tournaments", Collins said. The West Region No. 2 seed Wildcats, who are making their 34th all-time tourney appearance, will face No. 15 seed North Dakota in Salt Lake City on Thursday, March 16.

The calendar has turned to March, which means one of the most exciting weekends in sports is about to be upon us.

"When you mis-seed somebody, it hurts the seeds above them", he said.

The final region features Kansas and Louisville as the top two seeds.

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If there was any debate about the top, it was about whether Duke (27-8) really belonged as a No. 1 instead of a No. 2, which is where it ended up.

UNO earned its berth into the NCAA Tournament by defeating Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in Saturday's Southland Conference Tournament title game in an overtime thriller that required a double-digit comeback by the Privateers before walking away with a 68-65 victory.

No. 12 Princeton will play No. 5 Notre Dame in Buffalo. "I like their chances".

This year, several teams around the country gathered together in private rooms to find out whether or not it's time to put on their dancing shoes. The other 34 spots will be determined by at-large bids.

Further down we have Kentucky and UCLA. I had OR a 2 and Louisville a 3. But Sunday's selection will be the coolest moment in a season full of them. Teams that were two slots away from where I believe they belonged. The victor of this game will be playing Villanova in the round of 32 and could potentially be a cause of concern for the top-seeded Wildcats. I had Cincinnati a 5 and Iowa State a 6.

The Wildcats should reach the Elite Eight easily with only Florida State as a potential obstacle in the Sweet Sixteen.

So how do they decide what teams fill out the 36 remaining blanks on the bracket? This is a trend. In the past two seasons, the Bears have been eliminated in the round of 64; in 2015 they lost to 14th-seeded Georgia State and a year ago they lost to 12th-seeded Yale. Since that loss, however, Nova has rolled, winning five-straight games - including three in the Big East tournament - to secure both the regular season and conference tourney titles.

After Saturday's game, senior forward Darryl Reynolds echoed the ethos that head coach Jay Wright has been preaching all season long. Got it? Go do that next season, and maybe you'll be a no. 11 seed. Last year they were assigned an 11 seed, but this year most are predicting they could get one of the top lines of the bracket.

Only this was one of the easiest tournament fields to project in recent memory.


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