Recap of a Wild Selection Sunday as the Madness is Set to Begin
The field of 68 is finally set.
After an exciting few months of college basketball, Selection Sunday set the final NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament bracket in stone yesterday. The first few matchups go underway Tuesday, while the central portion of the bracket will commence play on Thursday.
Virginia, Villanova, Kansas and Xavier were announced as the No. 1 seeds, though the tournament contains numerous other intriguing storylines. North Carolina, the No. 2 seed in the West region, will attempt to become the first repeat winner since Florida in 2006 and 2007. Meanwhile, NBA fans have much to keep an eye on. Star prospects Trae Young and Deandre Ayton of Oklahoma and Arizona, respectively, will attempt to guide their teams through tough times, on and off the court.
Can Young, the electrifying Naismith College Player of the Year frontrunner, and potential lottery pick, lead the tenth-seeded Sooners, losers of 8 of the past 10, to glory?
While Ayton’s Wildcats, on the other hand, are fresh off of a Pac-12 Championship, they have been racked by controversy with Ayton, the possible No.1 NBA draft pick, facing accusations of receiving improper financial benefits. These pressing distractions loom over the No. 4 seed.
As is always the case with Selection Sunday, notable teams were left out. Snubs included St. Mary’s, Louisville, and Notre Dame.
Still, this edition of the tournament shapes up to be a great one. Get your pencils (or keyboards), make your picks, sit back and enjoy! Let the Madness begin.