The NCAA Tournament Committee has officially unveiled its 68 teams and March Madness is finally upon us.
The committee, chaired by former Connecticut athletic director Jeff Hathaway, put together a bracket that is sure to be criticized and critiqued by everyone under the sun.
Some quick notes:
No. 1 seeds: Kentucky, Syracuse, North Carolina, and Michigan State all earned top seeds.
Just sneaking in: Some of the biggest surprises entries into the NCAA Tournament were Iona, California and North Carolina State.
Bubble burst: For some Sunday was great, while for others it was bitter disappointment. Some of the teams that just missed the cut were Seton Hall, Drexel, Miami, Northwestern, Washington and Mississippi State.
No easy bracket for Kentucky: Although the Wildcats earned the overall No. 1 seed, they didn't earn the easiest bracket. Standing in their path to the Final Four are: defending champion Connecticut; Indiana; and possibly either Baylor or Duke. Not exactly what coach John Calipari was hoping for.
The full list of games are below and you can find a printable version of the bracket over at CBSSports.com.
LouisvilleThursday, March 15No.1 Kentucky vs. No. 16 Mississippi Valley State/Western Kentucky winnerNo. 8 Iowa State vs. No. 9 Connecticut
PortlandThursday, March 15No. 5 Wichita State vs. No. 12 Virginia CommonwealthNo. 4 Indiana vs. No. 13 New Mexico State
AlbuquerqueThursday, March 15No. 6 UNLV vs. No. 11 ColoradoNo. 3 Baylor vs. No. 14 South Dakota State
GreensboroFriday, March 16No. 7 Notre Dame vs. No. 10 XavierNo. 2 Duke vs. No. 15 Lehigh
ColumbusFriday, March 16No. 1 Michigan State vs. No. 16 Long Island UniversityNo. 8 Memphis vs. No. 9 St. Louis
PortlandThursday, March 15No. 5 New Mexico vs. No. 12 Long Beach StateNo. 4 Louisville vs. No. 13 Davidson
LouisvilleThursday, March 15No. 6 Murray State vs. No. 11 Colorado StateNo. 3 Marquette vs. No. 14 BYU/Iona winner
OmahaFriday, March 16No. 7 Florida vs. No. 10 VirginiaNo. 2 Missouri vs. No. 15 Norfolk State
PittsburghThursday, March 15No. 1 Syracuse vs. No. 16 UNC-AshevilleNo. 8 Kansas State vs. No. 9 Southern Miss
AlbuquerqueThursday, March 15No. 5 Vanderbilt vs. No. 12 HarvardNo. 4 Wisconsin vs. No. 13 Montana
NashvilleFriday, March 16No. 6 Cincinnati vs. No. 11 TexasNo. 3 Florida State vs. No. 14 St. Bonaventure
PittsburghThursday, March 15No. 7 Gonzaga vs. No. 10 West VirginiaNo. 2 Ohio State vs. No. 15 Loyola (MD)
MIDWEST (St. Louis)
GreensboroFriday, March 16No. 1 North Carolina vs. No. 16 Lamar/Vermont winnerNo. 8 Creighton vs. No. 9 Alabama
NashvilleFriday, March 16No. 5 Temple vs. No. 12 California/USF winnerNo. 4 Michigan vs. No. 13 Ohio
ColumbusFriday, March 16No. 6 San Diego State vs. No. 11 NC StateNo. 3 Georgetown vs. No. 14 Belmont
OmahaFriday, March 16No. 7 Saint Mary's vs. No. 10 PurdueNo. 2 Kansas vs. No. 15 Detroit