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):
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
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
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
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