NCAA announce basketball brackets

DETROIT — The No. 1 seeds for the NCAA Tournament are Virginia, Villanova, Kansas and Xavier with the top-ranked Cavaliers getting preferential seeding in the South Region.

The Midwest looks like the bracket of death with No. 1 seed Kansas opening up in Wichita. The No. 2 seed is Duke, with Michigan State at No. 3. Those three have combined for 39 Final Four appearances.

Michigan and MSU both got a 3-seed in the NCAA Tournament, but one of these 3-seeds is not like the other.

Though the Wolverines beat Tom Izzo’s squad both times the teams squared off, the Spartans will be playing their opening weekend games with a bit of a homecourt advantage. The Spartans face Bucknell on Friday at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit as part of the Midwest region.

Michigan will head to Wichita, where it will square off with 14th-seeded Montana on Thursday in the West region.

The first four games in Dayton, Ohio, will be LIU-Brooklyn against Radford and St. Bonaventure against UCLA on Tuesday night, and North Carolina Central against Texas Southern and Arizona State against Syracuse on Wednesday night.

Among the intriguing early matchups is No. 8 seed Creighton and its star, Marcus Foster, against ninth-seeded Kansas State. Foster began his career with the Wildcats.

 

Here’s who is out of the 68-team field:

Notre Dame had a seven-game losing streak while preseason All-American Bonzie Colson was out injured and couldn’t do enough by the time he returned.

Louisville had a chaotic season mired by the firings of coach Rick Pitino and AD Tom Jurich amid the FBI case.

Saint Mary’s lacked high-quality victories, but it’s tough on a West Coast Conference team to get those opportunities.

Nebraska won 22 games and went 13-5 in Big Ten, but was 1-6 against quadrant-1 teams.

Oklahoma State beat Kansas twice and had victories against Texas Tech and West Virginia. The Cowboys also lost an assistant coach in the FBI scandal.

Baylor lost four of five down the stretch to play itself out.

Middle Tennessee made its first Top 25 appearance and dominated the Conference USA regular season, but came up short in the conference tournament.

USC was seeded second in the Pac-12 Tournament and lost the conference final.

The Atlantic Coast Conference leads the way with nine teams in the field.

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Posted by John Raffel

John is a sports reporter with the Pioneer as well as the Herald Review and The Lake County Star. He also coordinates the weekly Pioneer sports outdoors page. He can be reached at (231) 592-8356 or by email at jraffel@pioneergroup.com.

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