Published: Mon, March 13, 2017
Electronics | By Lorenzo Hawkins

When does March Madness start?

When does March Madness start?

If the Wildcats win their first two games, they'll advance to the South Region semifinals and finals at FedEx Forum in Memphis, Tenn.

Last year, only 11 of 31 top seeds won their conference tournaments.

This is a region dripping with blue and championship history.

The Louisville Cardinals are a Midwest No. 2 seed facing No. 15 Jacksonville State in Indy on Friday.

This year's bracket will feature 32 automatic bids for conference champions, while the remaining 36 are at-large selections.

Kansas is the No. 1 seed in the Midwest and will play in Tulsa, Oklahoma, against the victor of North Carolina Central and UC Davis.

The Jayhawks lost their Big 12 Tournament opener without suspended star Josh Jackson. The victor of Friday's contest will advance to Sunday's second round game against either No. 8 seed Arkansas or No. 9 seed Seton Hall.

Louisville is the No. 2 seed in the Midwest, and OR is the 3. In the second round, either Virginia Tech or Wisconsin awaits.

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Who will be the No. 1s?

Duke's late surge to an Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament title has the Blue Devils in the conversation.

Syracuse softball's Sydney O'Hara tied an NCAA single-game record by hitting four home runs in a victory against North Carolina State this weekend. The experts have Kansas as a solid No. 1. One of those league losses was by 15 points at doormat Boston College.

Carolina owns two defeats against teams that won't make the field. A presence both on the perimeter and in the paint, Smith's multiple weapons have made her a challenge for defenses up and down the Pac-12 this season. For all of the talk about Cuse's three buzzer beating wins, they happened against NC State, Clemson and Duke.

If you're into crowdsourced projections, the Bracket Matrix is a good place to bone up on the likeliest field, which does differ a bit from Dobbertean.

If there was any doubt about MI making the NCAA Tournament going into the week, it's completely gone now. The Big East got 11 teams into the 2011 tourney draw. I don't know how many teams we'll get. Bracket Matrix now predicts Syracuse to be one of the first four teams out.'s Mike Lopresti has an in-depth look at the Ivy's first crack at a postseason tournament.

The early action is a flawless lead-in to the main event, the selection show, which begins at 5:30 ET (CBS) and lasts for 90 minutes. Two of those teams aren't even going to the Tourney. There were some really good teams previous year that had a chance to go all the way.

Another team will be experiencing the joys of hearing their name called on Selection Sunday for the first time. That's one in more than nine quintillion. Now firmly entrenched as the Cardinal's sixth player, the sophomore will be pivotal to the team's success in the NCAA Tournament. March Madness is in full swing and today is Selection Sunday, which means CBS will air a special Selection Sunday show to announce the 68-team field that will participate in the 2017 NCAA Tournament. If you filled out your bracket randomly, by flipping a coin to choose the victor of each game, the odds of your bracket surviving to April 6 without a blemish worse than the odds of you choosing a particular grain of sand from all the beaches on earth.

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