The field is set for 2017’s NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament. The bracket was revealed Sunday night, with No. 1 seeds Villanova, North Carolina, Kansas, and Gonzaga. Here is our full bracket, which will update live through the tournament. And here’s a link to our printable bracket, just for you.
The 68-team sprint to the finish starts this week and runs until April 3. The bracket was revealed during the Selection Sunday special on CBS after the last conference tournament games wrapped earlier in the day.
The tournament’s First Four is on Tuesday and Wednesday in Dayton. The first round gets played Thursday and Friday. The sites for those games are Buffalo, Milwaukee, Orlando, and Salt Lake City on Thursday, and Indianapolis, Tulsa, Sacramento, and Greenville, S.C., on Friday.
Second-round games are Saturday and Sunday, divided the same way between those sites. The winners move head to the Sweet Sixteen and potentially the Elite Eight the following weekend in Kansas City, San Jose, Memphis, and New York.
The Final Four is the following weekend (and into the week) in Glendale, Ariz., at the Arizona Cardinals’ University of Phoenix Stadium. The Final Four is in a huge venue again — the same one that hosts college football’s Fiesta Bowl. That’ll be a big event on a huge stage, just as it always is now that Final Fours happen in football stadiums.
There’s been a lot of parity around the country this season, and nobody will enter the tournament as a head-and-shoulders favorite to win it all. Defending champion Villanova is great again, and Mark Few’s Gonzaga looks better-positioned to make a run than at any point in its two-decade run of excellence.
Duke has emerged, and both the Blue Devils and Kentucky have gobs of talent. North Carolina is still North Carolina. Kansas is still Kansas. Plenty of the usual suspects have another chance to add to their trophy collections, and that’s not even accounting for the near-certainty that at least a Cinderella or two will emerge.
The NCAA tournament is never predictable, but it feels especially unpredictable this time around. So many teams are so closely grouped, and so few have been elite all year long. Chaos has a chance to reign in March (and April). That sounds like a lot of fun, just as this tournament is every single year. It’s time to buckle in.
Here’s the full bracket. Click to expand it: