NCAA March Madness 2009 Brackets Announced + Printable Brackets

The NCAA unveiled the brackets for the 2009 March Madness basketball tournament on Sunday, with the “Big East” earning a spot in history.

Louisville, Connecticut and Pittsburgh joined North Carolina as No. 1 seed, meaning that the Big East becomes the first conference to place three teams on the top line of the NCAA tournament field.

The Cardinals (28-5) were awarded the top seed overall in this year’s 65-team field after winning the Big East regular season and conference tournament titles. Louisville is the top seed in the Midwest region and will play either Alabama State or Morehead State in the opening round on Friday.

Here’s the rundown by region:

Midwest Region: #1 Louisville will play the winner of Alabama vs. Morehead. #2 Michigan State plays #15 Robert Morris, #3 Kansas plays #14 North Dakota State, #4 Wake Forest will play #13 Cleveland State, #5 Utah will play #12 Arizona, #6 West Virginia will play #11 Dayton, #7 Boston College will play #10 USC, #8 Ohio State will play #9 Sienna

West: #1 Connecticut plays Chatanooga, #2 Memphis plays Cal Northridge, #3 Missouri plays Cornell, #4 Washington plays Miss St., #5 Purdue plays Northern Iowa, #6 Maquette plays Utah, #7 California plays Maryland, #8 BYU plays Texas A&M

East Region: #1 Pittsburgh plays ETSU, #8 Oklahoma meets Tennessee, #5 Florida St meets Wisconsin, #4 Xavier meets Portland, #2 Duke meets Binghamton, #7 Texas meets Minnesota, #3 Villanova meets American University, #6 UCLA will meet a solid VCU

South Region: #1 North Carolina meets Radford, #8 LSU meets Butler, #5 Illinois meets Western Kentucky, #4 Gonzaga meets Akron, #2 Oklahoma meets Morgan State, #7 Clemson meets Michigan, #3 Syracuse is the 7th Big East team in this tournament and they will meet Stephen F. Austin, #6 Arizona State will meet Temple.

Printable Brackets

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