Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

NCAA Tournament Bracket Info: Who Are the Top March Madness Seeds?

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

NCAA Tournament Bracket Info: Who Are the Top March Madness Seeds?

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The ides of March have passed, so that must mean it's time once again for the NCAA men's college basketball tournament. A rite of spring so entrenched that students and office workers plan their weeks based on where and when their teams play.

Sixty-eight schools have been plugged into four regional brackets. That means 31 conference tournament winners received automatic bids and 37 at-large teams were selected by the NCAA men's tournament committee, a group made up of 10 university athletic directors and conference officials.

Louisville No. 1 Seed

The committee selected the University of Louisville as the overall No. 1 seed in the men's tournament and the top seed in the Midwest region. The Cardinals won the Big East tournament championship Saturday night in New York City and have won their last 10 games in a row. Thursday in Lexington, Kentucky, Louisville will take on the winner of North Carolina A&T and Liberty, a first-round play-in game Tuesday night in Dayton, Ohio.

Following their win over Syracuse in the Big East tournament final, Louisville head coach Rick Pitino predicted his team would be the overall No. 1 in the NCAA tournament.

"I would say probably. It's not a big deal. I would say we're going to be the No. 1 seed of the number ones, but if not, it's no big deal," Pitino told reporters Saturday night.

Duke is the second seed in the Midwest, followed by Michigan State and Saint Louis. The Billikens, champions of the Atlantic 10 conference, are playing for the memory of their former coach, Rick Majerus, who passed away earlier this season.

Gonzaga leads the West

In the West region, Gonzaga, the West Coast conference champion with the best record in the nation at 31-2, is the top seed. The Zags, winners of 14 straight, will play Southern University in the second round on Thursday. Ohio State, the Big Ten conference tournament champion, is the No. …

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