NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament Bracket Set, UConn Gets No. 1 Seed

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The brackets for the NCAA males’s basketball event — aka “March Madness” — have been revealed at present, bringing pleasure and tears in equal quantities to groups chosen and shunned.

The defending champions from 2023, the UConn Huskies, have been introduced because the No. 1 total seed enjoying out of the East area.

Houston is the No. 1 seed within the South area, and Purdue earned the No. 1 seed within the Midwest. North Carolina was named the No. 1 seed within the West, beating out observe projected contenders Iowa State and Arizona.

Some 32 groups get computerized berths by advantage of successful their respective convention event. The remaining 36 are hand-selected by the event committee as at-large groups. The committee chooses groups primarily based on their résumé, after which seeds groups and locations them in one of many 4 areas.

The UConn Huskies defeated Marquette for the Big East event championship on Saturday. That, mixed with Purdue’s loss to Wisconsin within the Big Ten event semifinals, gave the Huskies the No. 1 seed.

This yr’s revamped UConn roster produced a 31-3 file, together with a 13-3 slate in opposition to Quad 1 groups. UConn secured non-conference wins over Gonzaga, Texas and North Carolina, then swept the Big East common season and event championships.

The schedule:

East Region

No. 1 UConn vs. No. 16 Stetson

No. 8 Florida Atlantic vs. No. 9 Northwestern

No. 5 San Diego State vs. No. 12 UAB

No. 4 Auburn vs. No. 13 Yale

No. 6 BYU vs. No. 11 Duquesne

No. 3 Illinois vs. No. 14 Morehead State

No. 7 Washington State vs. No. 10 Drake

No. 2 Iowa State vs. No. 15 South Dakota State

South Region

No. 1 Houston vs. No. 16 Longwood

No. 8 Nebraska vs. No. 9 Texas A&M

No. 5 Wisconsin vs. No. 12 James Madison

No. 4 Duke vs. No. 13 Vermont

No. 6 Texas Tech vs. No. 11 NC State

No. 3 Kentucky vs. No. 14 Oakland

No. 7 Florida vs. No. 10/Boise State/Colorado winner

No. 2 Marquette vs. No. 15 Western Kentucky

Midwest Region

No. 1 Purdue vs. No. 16 Montana State/Grambling State winner

No. 8 Utah State vs. No. 9 TCU

No. 5 Gonzaga vs. No. 12 McNeese State

No. 4 Kansas vs. No. 13 Samford

No. 6 South Carolina vs. No. 11 Oregon

No. 3 Creighton vs. No. 14 Arkon

No. 7 Texas vs. No. 10 Virginia/Colorado State winner

No. 2 Tennessee vs. No. 15 Saint Peter’s

West Region

No. 1 North Carolina vs. No. 16 Howard/Wagner winner

No. 8 Mississippi State vs. No. 9 Michigan State

No. 5 Saint Mary’s vs. No. 12 Grand Canyon

No. 4 Alabama vs. No. 13 Charleston

No. 6 Clemson vs. No. 11 New Mexico

No. 3 Baylor vs. No. 14 Colgate

No. 7 Dayton vs. No. 10 Nevada

No. 2 Arizona vs. No. 15 Long Beach State

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