Selection Sunday has arrived and it’s time to reveal all 68 teams that made it into the 2016 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. March Madness has officially arrived and the tournament will officially begin on March 15 with the “First Four” playing in the UD Arena in Dayton, Ohio, to see who gets the final spots. After that, the First and Second Rounds will take place, but let’s first look at the brackets, teams, seeds, and more.
ESPN did reveal that the top four number one seeds were kind of expected, but the Oregon Ducks pulled out a bit of an upset as they took one over the Michigan State Spartans. The other three number one seeds were North Carolina, Virginia, and Kansas.
The Kansas Jayhawks are the overall number one seed in the tournament with a record of 30-4. They also won both the regular-season and conference titles in the Big 12.
At times, the Selection Show was slow moving, but the seeds are coming out little by little. Again this year, the CBS family of networks will be carrying the games all throughout March and into the Final Four taking place in Houston.
Here are the seeds per Selection Sunday’s results. Remember, the NCAA Tournament is now 68 teams big and no longer just 64. There will be four First Round games to determine which teams get four of the remaining seeds.
These are the First Round or First Four games of the 2016 NCAA Tournament:
- East: No. 16 Florida Gulf Coast vs. No. 16 Farleigh Dickinson
- East: No. 11 Michigan vs. No. 11 Tulsa
- West: No. 16 Holy Cross vs. No. 16 Southern
- South: No. 11 Vanderbilt vs. No. 11 Wichita State
- Michigan State
- Iowa State
- Seton Hall
- Texas Tech
- Arkansas-Little Rock
- Fresno State
- Middle Tennessee
- North Carolina
- West Virginia
- Notre Dame
- Michigan or Tulsa
- Stony Brook
- Stephen F. Austin
- Weber State
- Florida Gulf Coast or Farleigh Dickinson
- Texas A&M
- Oregon State
- Saint Joseph’s
- Northern Iowa
- UNC Wilmington
- UW-Green Bay
- Cal State Bakersfield
- Holy Cross or Southern
- Vanderbilt or Wichita State
- South Dakota State
- UNC Asheville
- Austin Peay
Many were rather impatient and couldn’t wait for all of the seeds to be announced, as ESPN was taking it rather slow. The 2016 bracket did leak out, but by now, everyone knows who is seeded where and who is playing who.
— Mason Snyder (@MasonSnyder07) March 13, 2016
The 2016 NCAA Tournament brackets are now set and in-place with all of the seeds determined for 68 teams. The First Round will officially take place March 15-16 at the UD Arena in Dayton, Ohio, and then things will only pick up from there.
There are going to be plenty chances, places, and opportunities for fans to fill out their brackets and hope they can predict this year’s winners. Sure, it could win you a lot of money, but there is also just a lot of fun in the whole process.
After that though, things start getting really fun. The “Cinderella Teams” start threatening the top seeds and making their betters very nervous. That’s the best part of the tournament each year, seeing which underdogs surprise the higher-seeded teams.
Rounds two and three will then take place in the four days to follow, and then things will move on as teams advance or end up heading home. March Madness kicks off in full force this week, and prepare to be glued to your TV for weeks. Are you filling out a bracket for the 2015 NCAA Tournament and hoping yours isn’t busted?
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