It’s the best time of year for college basketball fans, with the full field for the 68-team NCAA Tournament announced on Sunday evening. Now that the bracket is set, the March Madness can officially begin.
Of course, the favorites to win the tournament always receive No. 1 seeds, so who will you be keeping an eye on this year?
Let’s take a look…
This year, Villanova is the No. 1 overall seed in the tournament.
Villanova will serve as the top seed in the East Region, kicking off the tournament in Buffalo against the winner of Mount Saint Mary’s and New Orleans. Duke earned the No. 2 seed in the region, setting up a potential thriller in the Elite Eight between the Blue Devils and defending national champions.
In the Midwest Region, the Kansas Jayhawks earned the second-overall No. 1 seed. The Jayhawks will kick off their tournament run in Tulsa, Oklahoma against the winner of North Carolina Central and UC-Davis.
The No. 2 seed in the Midwest belongs to the Louisville Cardinals.
The North Carolina Tar Heels are the No. 1 seed in the South, taking on Texas Southern in Greenville, South Carolina for their first-round matchup.
No. 2 seed Kentucky is a potential opponent for UNC in the Elite 8 if rankings go according to plan. However, the region also has a very dangerous No. 3 seed in the UCLA Bruins. It could be a tough run to the Final Four out of the South.
In the final region, the West, the No. 1 seed goes to the Gonzaga Bulldogs. The No. 2 seed in the West belongs to Arizona.