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NCAA Brackets 2017: The Chaos Bracket That Could Actually Happen

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Villanova Wildcats forward Kris Jenkins celebrates with guard Donte DiVincenzo

Gonzaga performed historically well against the spread despite rarely ever coming into a game as less than a 10-point favorite.

North Carolina is a popular national championship pick out of the South region, though the No.3 seed might be their biggest obstacle. We're going to play Villanova basketball for 40 minutes and if a team beats us, then we'll tip our hats to them.

The tournament field is a mix of at-large teams, which are picked by the NCAA selection committee, and automatic bids, which are teams won their conference tournaments And of all the automatic bids, one of the most emotional stories comes from the Big Ten.

The worst odds for any of the top two seeds in the tournament is Louisville at 10-1, and there's a fairly sizable drop off from them, UCLA (10-1) and OR (15-1) to the rest of the field.

Last year, the committee snubbed St. Bonaventure, Saint Mary's, San Diego State, and Monmouth, all of whom were included in at least 60 Bracket Matrix projections, in favor of Syracuse and Vanderbilt, neither of whom was included in more than 60.

The defending champion Wildcats rose with excitement when they learned Sunday evening that they are the No. 1 overall seed in the upcoming NCAA Tournament (see story). Last season, the Cats went 12-1 in non-conference play, the lone loss to a North Carolina team that ended up in the national championship game.

This season featured notable non-conference wins over Texas and Dayton, as well as some of those "quality" losses that always show up on NCAA tournament resumes to the likes of Notre Dame and Butler.

"We don't want to get too high or too low about anything", sophomore guard Jalen Brunson said. "I think it's usually less than 10".

MI coach John Beilein is seeing his team get hot at the right time of the year, solidifying its NCAA Tournament standing. The first is that Duke was the No. 7 overall seed, after winning the ACC Tournament and appearing as a No. 1 seed on several tournament projections. It's had some teams get close, though they haven't been as consistently great as the best teams in certain recent years.

Each correct pick awards points to your entry.

The Blue Devils and Wildcats are not the only teams sitting at the top of betting boards. Adding to the severity of this drought, three of the Cavaliers' four wins since February 12th have been against ACC cellar dwellers Pittsburgh and North Carolina State. If they inflated their record with wins against lesser teams, and struggled against good teams, that won't work in their favor come tournament time.

Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis is leaving the NCAA Tournament committee after producing what he's calling the most competitive bracket in his five years on the committee.

The right side of the bracket is where the experts seem to have the most disagreement.

The arrival of spring means one thing: March Madness. At least one 12-seed almost always beats a 5.

With the forced change of plans, the Wolverines flew out Thursday to Washington, arriving shortly before their game against IL.

Whittling down 68 candidates and deciding who will be the last one standing is a tedious task. "It's been a revolving door through the top 20 all season, and I would expect that to continue".

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