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Let’s not waste any time. The bracket is here. March Madness is here.
Presenting the 2017 NCAA tournament bracket
Villanova, Kansas, North Carolina and Gonzaga all locked down No. 1 seeds when the NCAA tournament bracket was announced Sunday night. Duke landed a No. 2 and Northwestern, going dancing for the first time ever, landed a No. 8. (Syracuse, by the way, found itself as a 1 seed in the NIT).
Take a look at our interactive bracket before the chaos starts Tuesday with the First Four. If you're after an hour-by-hour, day-by-day breakdown of Thursday and Friday -- the first full days of the tournament and maybe the best two days in sports -- we have you covered there, too. And if you're old school, you can always print out your bracket. That works.
Play the NCAA Bracket Challenge Game
With the field filled out, it’s time for you to make your picks in the official bracket game of the NCAA tournament, the Capital One March Madness Bracket Challenge.Brackets lock in Thursday at noon ET, so you only have a few days to set up (or join) a group and get picking.
Our Bracket Beat page has tons of tips on picking.
10 takeaways from the bracket reveal
Spoiler alert: The East is loaded. No. 1 seed Villanova, 2 Duke, 4 Florida, 5 Virginia and 8 Wisconsin. That’s chaos in the making.
Also, as much fun as the first weekend is bound to be, potential pairings down the road offer some enticing rematches: Kansas-Iowa State, UNC-Kentucky, Arizona-Gonzaga. Yes, please.
Every NCAA tournament seed ranked
In the official rankings of every team in the tournament, Villanova -- the only one in the tournament with more than 30 wins -- gets top billing. Mount Saint Mary’s, the NEC’s champion, sits at No. 68 overall. Check out the rest of the field.
Join us for a Reddit AMA at noon ET
Stop by to ask about NCAA tournament history, stats and trivia and to get pointed in the right way in filling out your bracket. Keep an eye on our Twitter and Facebook to get the link to the AMA, which will be hosted on reddit.com/r/IAmA.
The Madness Matchup Tool — here to help
We compiled data from every NCAA tournament game played (not including the First Four or play-in games, for seed purposes) since the field expanded to 64 teams in 1985. Through the end of the 2016 tournament, there have been 2,016 such games.
The Madness Matchup tool compares historical win percentages in five categories -- the seed, conference, final AP ranking (once it's released Monday), mascot and color.
Mark your calendar
First Four in Dayton: March 14, 15
First Thursday of the NCAA tournament: March 16
Sweet 16 begins: March 23
Final Four in Phoenix: April 1-3