March Madness 2018: NCAA Tournament Bracket Released On Selection Sunday

by Samuel Abasi Posted on March 12th, 2018

Houston,Texas, USA: It’s University Of Houston vs. San Diego State at the Intrust Bank Arena in Wichita Kansas on Thursday at 6.20pm central time, March 15th, in the 1st round of the NCAA Tournament, West region. Four months after the start of college basketball season, the 68 teams headed to March Madness were unveiled by the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee on the Selection Show hosted by TBS, today, ‘Selection Sunday’. There was a change in format with TBS releasing the 68 teams who made the tournament before going into how the teams were bracketed.

The complete list of teams set for March Madness 2018, along with the bracket, are listed below.

The 68 teams to make the NCAA Tournament:

Automatic Qualifiers (32):
Arizona, Bucknell, Buffalo, Cal State Fullerton, Charleston, Cincinnati, Davidson, Georgia State, Gonzaga, Iona, Kansas, Kentucky, Lipscomb, LIU Brooklyn, Loyola-Chicago, Marshall, Michigan, Montana, Murray State, NC Central, New Mexico State, Penn, Radford, San Diego State, Stephen F. Austin, South Dakota State, Texas Southern, UMBC, UNC Greensboro, Villanova, Virginia, Wright State.

At-Large Bids (36):
Alabama, Arizona State, Arkansas, Auburn, Butler, Clemson, Creighton, Duke, Florida, Florida State, Houston, Kansas State, Miami, Michigan State, Missouri, NC State, Nevada, North Carolina, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Providence, Purdue, Rhode Island, Seton Hall, St. Bonaventure, Syracuse, TCU, Tennessee, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, UCLA, Virginia Tech, West Virginia, Wichita State, Xavier.

NCAA Tournament Bracket

SOUTH Region (Atlanta)

1. Virginia (31-2)
16. UMBC (24-10)

8. Creighton (21-11)
9. Kansas State (22-11)

5. Kentucky (24-10)
12. Davidson (21-11)

4. Arizona (27-7)
13. Buffalo (26-8)

6. Miami (22-9)
11. Loyola-Chicago (28-5)

3. Tennessee (25-8)
14. Wright State (25-9)

7. Nevada (27-7)
10. Texas (19-14)

2. Cincinnati (30-4)
15. Georgia State (24-10)

EAST Region (Boston)

1. Villanova (30-4)
16. LIU Brooklyn (18-16)/Radford (22-12)

8. Virginia Tech (21-11)
9. Alabama (19-15)

5. West Virginia (24-10)
12. Murray State (26-5)

4. Wichita State (25-7)
13. Marshall (24-10)

6. Florida (20-12)
11. St. Bonaventure (25-7)/UCLA (21-11)

3. Texas Tech (24-9)
14. Stephen F. Austin (28-6)

7. Arkansas (23-11)
10. Butler (20-13)

2. Purdue (28-6)
15. Cal State Fullerton (20-11)

WEST Region (Los Angeles)

1. Xavier (28-5)
16. NC Central (19-15)/Texas Southern (15-19)

8. Missouri (20-12)
9. Florida State (20-11)

5. Ohio State (24-8)
12. South Dakota State (28-6)

4. Gonzaga (30-4)
13. UNC Greensboro (27-7)

6. Houston (26-7)
11. San Diego State (22-10)

3. Michigan (28-7)
14. Montana (26-7)

7. Texas A&M (20-12)
10. Providence (21-13)

2. North Carolina (25-10)
15. Lipscomb (23-9)

MIDWEST Region (Omaha, Neb.)

1. Kansas (27-7)
16. Penn (24-8)

8. Seton Hall (21-11)
9. NC State (21-11)

5. Clemson (23-9)
12. New Mexico State (28-5)

4. Auburn (25-7)
13. Charleston (26-7)

6. TCU (21-11)
11. Arizona State (20-11)/Syracuse (20-13)

3. Michigan State (29-4)
14. Bucknell (25-9)

7. Rhode Island (25-7)
10. Oklahoma (18-13)

2. Duke (26-7)
15. Iona (20-13)

Nigeria Circle News with offices in Houston roots for every H-town team and by extension every team from Texas.

The University Of Houston, UH, Cougars are headed back to the big dance for the first time since 2010. University of Houston is going to the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament despite a heartbreaking loss in their conference title game today against the Cincinnati Bearcats in Orlando. The Cougars started off slow against the Cincinnati Bearcats. But Houston rallied to take the lead at halftime. The Cougars were down by one point with just seconds left in the game when they turned it over and lost 55-56. The Cougars will face the San Diego State Aztecs in their first game on Thursday in Wichita, Kansas. #GoCoogs

The Texas Longhorns men’s basketball team representing The University of Texas at Austin will make their 34th overall appearance in the NCAA Tournament and 18th in the last 20 seasons. Texas Longhorns is one of six schools to appear in at least 26 of the last 30 NCAA tourneys. #HookEm #goLonghorns

For the second time in the Billy Kennedy era, Texas A&M basketball is heading to the NCAA Tournament. The Aggies will take on Providence in Charlotte, N.C., on Friday. The Aggies last made the Big Dance in 2015-16, and they made their mark on that tournament. A&M famously came back from a 12-point deficit in the final minute to defeat Northern Iowa and advance to the Sweet 16. Their run eventually came to an end at the hands of Buddy Hield and Oklahoma, who advanced to the Final Four. This is Kennedy’s seventh season at the helm in College Station. #goAggies

The TCU Horned Frogs men’s basketball team represents Texas Christian University, located in Fort Worth, Texas. The Frogs are officially IN!. After 20 years in the wilderness, TCU men’s basketball is finally heading back to the NCAA Tournament. The No. 6 TCU Horned Frogs may be the most dangerous sleeper in the Midwest Region. With so many big-name programs occupying the Region, it’s hard to pick out a “sleeper’, but TCU fits the bill. Long and athletic, the Horned Frogs rebounded from a terrible start to conference play. Getting out of the rugged Big 12 might help free up TCU’s mindset, allowing it to play its best basketball. Vladimir Brodziansky and Kenrich Williams make up one of the most under-valued frontcourts in college basketball. #gofrogs

The Texas Tech Red Raiders Basketball team represents Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. The Red Raiders were given the No. 3 seed in the East region, where they will meet No. 14 SFA in the first round. SFA is coming off a Southland Conference Tournament run where it ran the table and beat Central Arkansas, Nicholls State and Southeastern Louisiana to win the tournament and earn an automatic bid. Texas Tech’s matchup against SFA will take place in Dallas on Thursday. It will tip off at 6:27 p.m. on truTV. This will be Texas Tech’s second trip to the NCAA Tournament in three years. Texas Tech lost to Butler in the opening round in 2016. #goTech

The NCAA tournament bracket released Sunday was replete with the usual fanfare that accompanies America’s biggest office pool. Villanova, Kansas and Xavier joined Virginia as No. 1 seeds, but they, along with the other 64 contenders, will play against the backdrop of an investigation-riddled season in which bribes and payoffs made bigger headlines than 3s and layups.

The ACC led the way with nine teams in the tournament, matching a record the ever-expanding conference set last year. The SEC sent eight teams and the Big 12 sent seven. The Big Ten only sent four and the Pac-12 only had three in down years for both marquee conferences.

The tournament begins Tuesday with opening-round games featuring a matchup of bubble teams UCLA and St. Bonaventure, then kicks into full swing Thursday and Friday at eight sites around the country.

The Final Four is March 31 and April 2 in San Antonio. Shortly after that, a commission led by former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is expected to deliver recommendations from an investigation triggered by an FBI probe that led to charges last fall against assistant coaches, agents, employees of apparel companies and others.

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