Now that Selection Sunday is done and dusted, this is the day where the real hard work begins for so many people in March Madness. This is a travel day for many players and teams but for fans, this is the day where they research and get to work in working out how the tournament will unfold. It can be a busy day with many people tearing their hair out at the seeds and the potential routes to glory, whether that will be with betting on March Madness, or simply taking care of their brackets.
The top overall seed in the March Madness tournament is Kentucky and the Wildcats know that all eyes will be on them. They are currently aiming to be the first champion to have an undefeated record since Indiana achieved this tremendous feat back in 1976. The Wildcats are the number one seeds in the tournament and in the Midwest Region and they know that a perfect season is in reach, but it certainly isn’t going to be easy.
Kentucky defeated Arkansas on Sunday by a score of 78-63 in a game that moved them on to a 34-0 record. The Wildcats are not in action until Thursday when they take on the winner of the game between Manhattan and Hampton which takes place on Tuesday.
The number one seeds have a great deal of pressure on them
There are of course four other number one sides in the tournament, with the four number one seeds being:
- Kentucky – Midwest
- Villanova – East
- Duke – South
- Wisconsin – West
The Wisconsin Badgers were able to grab a top seeding for the first time in their history thanks to a brilliant win over Michigan State on Sunday. The Badgers were 11 points behind but hauled themselves back into the game and eventually grabbed an 80-69 win in overtime.
The number two seeds in the tournament are:
- Kansas – Midwest
- Virginia – East
- Gonzaga – South
- Arizona – West
Teams that missed out on March Madness include Miami, Old Dominion, Temple and Colorado State. While losing in a tournament is a cruel blow, getting so close to a tournament and then missing out is extremely painful and there will be a lot of heartbroken players and fans in these areas today. Temple and CSU can feel particularly hard done by as they had stronger RPIs than Ole Mississippi.
Teams may still miss out at this point
Some teams who may miss out on the main tournament are taking part in the play-in games with Boise State, a number 11 seed, taking on Dayton. BYU and Mississippi are also number 11 seeds and they will clash in a play-in game before all of the teams get involved. These teams can consider themselves slightly unlucky as Texas and UCLA are also number 11 seeds and they have not been asked to play in a play-in game.
At this stage, there is a great deal of optimism and excitement in store but the real work at March Madness is just around the corner. For the leading NCAA tournament, things are about to get exciting.