The NCAA March Madness Bracket is Set; Duke, UNC, Virginia and Gonzaga Earn Top Seeds

Following CBS Sports much anticipated March Madness Selection Show, the NCAA Tournament bracket is officially set and ready for play Thursday.

 

As expected, coming off their impressive ACC Championship victory over Florida State, Zion Williamson and the Duke Blue Devils were awarded the No. 1 overall seed in the tournament (and No. 1 in the East). Duke is joined at the top of the bracket by fellow ACC juggernauts Virginia (No. 1 in the South) and North Carolina (No. 1 in the Midwest), alongside the WCC’s Gonzaga (No. 1 in the West).

 

Notably, this year’s tournament marks the second time in NCAA history that three teams from the same conference have been chosen as No. 1 seeds. This is the first time that all three teams have been from the ACC. The Big East, in 2009, is the only other conference to ever have three No. 1 seeds.

 

Virginia, who has earned a No. 1 seed for the second consecutive season, is hoping to avoid a repeat of their historic embarrassment last season, in their upcoming matchup against No. 16 Gardner-Webb. Following a 20-point loss to the UMBC Retrievers in 2018, Virginia became the first No. 1 seed in NCAA Tournament history to lose to a No. 16 seed (since the expansion to a 64-team bracket in 1985).

 

North Carolina will face off against No. 16 Iona, while Gonzaga and Duke’s matchups will be determined by the winner of Tuesday and Wednesday’s First Four game between Fairleigh Dickinson & Prairie View A&M, and North Dakota St. & N. C. Central. Rounding out the remaining First Four matchups are the last four at-large teams to earn entrance into the tournament, Belmont, Temple, Arizona St., and St. John’s.

 

Full NCAA Bracket Seeds & Matchups (First Round):

 

East Region

 

No. 1 Duke v. No. 16 North Dakota St./N.C. Central

 

No. 2 Michigan State v. No. 15 Bradley

 

No. 3. LSU v. No. 14 Yale

 

No. 4 Virginia Tech v. No. 13 Saint Louis

 

No. 5 Mississippi St. v. No. 12 Liberty

 

No. 6 Maryland v. No. 11 Belmont/Temple

 

No. 7 Louisville v. No. 10 Minnesota

 

No. 8 VCU v. No. 9 UCF

 

South Region

 

No. 1 Virginia v. No. 16 Gardner-Webb

 

No. 2 Tennessee v. No. 15 Colgate

 

No. 3. Purdue v. No. 14 Old Dominion

 

No. 4 Kansas St. v. No. 13 Irvine

 

No. 5 Wisconsin St. v. No. 12 Oregon

 

No. 6 Villanova v. No. 11 St. Mary’s (Cal.)

 

No. 7 Cincinnati v. No. 10 Iowa

 

No. 8 Mississippi v. No. 9 Oklahoma

 

West Region

 

No. 1 Gonzaga v. No. 16 Fairleigh Dickinson/Prairie View A&M

 

No. 2 Michigan v. No. 15 Montana

 

No. 3. Texas Tech v. No. 14 Northern Kentucky

 

No. 4 Florida State v. No. 13 Vermont

 

No. 5 Marquette v. No. 12 Murray State

 

No. 6 Buffalo v. No. 11 Arizona St./St. John’s

 

No. 7 Nevada v. No. 10 Florida

 

No. 8 Syracuse v. No. 9 Baylor

 

Midwest Region

 

No. 1 North Carolina v. No. 16 Iona

 

No. 2 Kentucky v. No. 15 Abilene Christian

 

No. 3. Houston v. No. 14 Georgia State

 

No. 4 Kansas v. No. 13 Northeastern

 

No. 5 Auburn v. No. 12 New Mexico St.

 

No. 6 Iowa St. v. No. 11 Ohio State

 

No. 7 Wofford v. No. 10 Seton Hall

 

No. 8 Utah State v. No. 9 Washington

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