Duke picked as overall top seed in March Madness
The wait is over! Selection Sunday has come and gone, and the 68-team field for the 2019 NCAA Tournament is set. So don’t waste anymore time. With a depth of title contenders at the top of the field along with plenty of mid-major teams poised for upset bids, this should be an epic event. In other words, you better get to cramming now. There is no such thing as too much studying for this.
We now have the 68-team single bracket full of potential, full of possibility, full of whatever you want to it to be. The two words on the mind of every sports fan: printable bracket. We’re here for you — just as we are every year. This is where dreams come true, where your imagination gets the chance to take hold … all before things go haywire and your carefully-chosen selections burst into flames. Hey, it’s all part of the fun!
The tournament starts Tuesday with the first of four play-in games in Dayton then gets into full force Thursday and Friday with 32 teams playing each day at eight sites around the country. The Final Four is set for Minneapolis on April 6, with a champion being crowned two days later.
Mike Krzyzewski will begin his quest for a sixth title as Duke coach on Friday in Columbia, S.C., against the winner of a play-in game between North Carolina Central and North Dakota State.
Defending national champion Villanova earned the sixth seed in the South region after winning the Big East regular season and tournament titles. The Wildcats will begin their title defense on Thursday in Hartford, Conn., against West Coast Conference tournament champions Saint Mary’s.
Virginia will try to avoid a reprise of last year when they lost to UMBC and became the first No. 1 seed ever to lose to a 16-seed. The Cavaliers, who won a share of the Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season title but lost in the ACC Tournament semifinals to Florida State, will start their redemption tour against No. 16 seed Gardner-Webb on Friday night in Columbia.
Michigan State, which shared the Big Ten regular-season title with Purdue and knocked off in-state rival Michigan in the conference tournament final moments before the matchups were announced, was given the No. 2 seed in the East and a first-round game against Bradley on Thursday in Des Moines. That sets up the possibility of an Elite Eight matchup between the Spartans and No. 1 overall seed Duke.
The last time Michigan State and Duke met in the NCAA Tournament was in 2015 when the Blue Devils blew out Michigan State in the Final Four en route to Krzyzewski’s fifth NCAA title.
Muir said Michigan State leapfrogged Kentucky, who received the No. 2 seed in the Midwest, with its win over the Wolverines, but added, ” at the same token, we thought Michigan and Michigan State would both be on the ‘2’ line.” Michigan was sent to the West Region and will play their first game against Montana on Thursday.
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