Duke is the No. 1 total seed on this 12 months’s males’s basketball NCAA match, whereas the choice committee additionally gave high seeds to fellow ACC groups Virginia and North Carolina, in addition to Gonzaga.
Incomes the highest seed is not any assure of success for Zion Williamson and firm. Since total seeds started in 2004, solely three went on to win the nationwide title — Florida in 2007, Kentucky in 2012, and Louisville in 2013 (which was later vacated).
This 12 months’s bracket marks the second time three groups from a single convention are No. 1 seeds, becoming a member of the Huge East in 2009. That 12 months, the one different high seed, North Carolina, received the match.
Belmont, and Temple had been the final 4 at-large groups included within the 68-team bracket. They may play within the First 4 in Dayton, Ohio, on Tuesday and Wednesday, earlier than the match begins in earnest on Thursday.
Belmont is the primary crew from the Ohio Valley Convention to earn an at-large bid to the NCAA match since Center Tennessee did so in 1987. The Bruins will tackle Temple, with the winner to face Maryland within the East area.
Arizona State will tackle St. John’s within the different sport between at-large groups in Dayton. The winner will face Buffalo.
Receiving No. 2 seeds had been Tennessee, which matched its highest-ever seed, Michigan State, Kentucky and Michigan.
LSU, Purdue, Houston and Texas Tech are the Three-seeds, whereas Virginia Tech, Kansas State, Kansas and Florida State had been all seeded at No. four.
The three groups from the ACC as No. 1 seeds ties a document for one convention.
“They earned their proper to be there,” mentioned Stanford athletic director Bernard Muir, the chair of the choice committee.
Virginia will get a high seed for the second straight 12 months, hoping to keep away from one other colossal embarrassment; the Cavaliers will face Gardner-Webb a 12 months after changing into the primary high seed to lose to a No. 16 because the bracket went to 64 groups in 1985.
The bracket, as at all times, included a number of surprises and some extra debatable choices from the choice committee that is been holed up at a Manhattan resort this week, crunching the numbers.
Mid-major Belmont was one in all seven groups from non-power conferences to earn at-large bids. That was the very best quantity since 2015. Different bubble groups had been Temple, Arizona and St. Johns. Lacking the match had been Alabama, TCU, Indiana and UNC Greensboro.
Michigan State made a robust bid for a No. 1 seed with its win Sunday over Michigan within the Huge Ten title sport. As a substitute, it was placed on the ‘2’ line, with a possible Elite Eight matchup in opposition to Duke in a tricky East area.
Muir mentioned Michigan State leapfrogged one other No. 2 seed, Kentucky, by successful the Huge Ten however “on the similar token, we thought Michigan and Michigan State would each be on the ‘2’ line.”