Villanova Awarded Overall Top Seed

The reigning NCAA Champion Villanova Wildcats are the 2017 NCAA Tournament overall number one-seed. Jay Wright led his Wildcats to a 31-3 overall record and a 15-3 Big EAST record as well as the Big EAST regular season and tournament titles.

Villanova joins North Carolina in the South, Gonzaga in the West and Kansas in the Midwest as the four number one-seeds.

Duke, who may be the hottest team in the country, is the number two-seed in the East region behind Villanova. The Blue Devils won four straight in four days to win the ACC Tourney, a path that included wins over Clemson and nationally ranked Louisville (10), North Carolina (6) and Notre Dame (22). Overall the Blue Devils had 16 wins against the KenPom Top 50, compared to only 11 wins over the KenPom Top 50 for top-seed North Carolina.

Duke joins Kentucky in the South, Arizona in the West and Louisville in the Midwest as the four number two seeds.

The tourney tips Tuesday at 6:30 pm ET as Mount St. Mary’s takes on New Orleans followed by Kansas State and Wake Forest. Both games can be seen on TruTV.

The first four continues on Wednesday as NC Central faces UC Davis followed by Providence and USC. Once again, both games are on TruTV.

The field of 64 officially tips on CBS on Thursday as the West No. 5 seed Notre Dame squares off against the No. 12 seed Princeton at 12:15 pm ET in Buffalo. The East No. 5 seed Virginia and No. 12 seed UNC Wilmington is the second game to tip at 12:40 pm ET in Orlando.

As of this writing, Vegas had Kansas and North Carolina as the overall favorites to win the title with 13/2 odds, UCLA has the third best odds at 9/1 followed by Gonzaga and Villanova at 10/1, Duke at 11/1 and Kentucky at 12/1.

Below are the first round brackets including date, time, matchups, where it will air and team seeds as well as a chronological view of both Thursday and Fridays matchups.



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