NCAA bracket 2021: Selection Sunday updates, March Madness bracket, NCAA...

NCAA bracket 2021: Selection Sunday updates, March Madness bracket, NCAA Tournament basketball field

The 2021 NCAA Tournament field is set. Teams are seeded, matchups are decided and the selection committee's job is done. All that's left now is to play the games (and download your printable bracket)!

There was little drama that came from Selection Sunday on the whole, particularly at the top. As expected, Gonzaga (26-0) -- just the 20th team in NCAA history to enter the tournament with an undefeated record -- earned the field's top overall seed in the West Region. The Zags are joined on the No. 1 line by Baylor (South), Illinois (Midwest) and Michigan (East).

The top No. 2 seed in the field is SEC regular-season and postseason champion Alabama, which enters the East on the opposite end of the bracket as Michigan. Ohio State, Iowa and Houston were also named No. 2 seeds in the South, West and Midwest, respectively. The real kicker here: Iowa draws the same region as No. 1 overall seed Gonzaga. The two teams faced off in December, and the Hawkeyes played them close. A rematch could be on deck if the bracket goes chalk.

Remember how I said there was little drama? That statement does not apply to the bubble. Michigan State, UCLA, Wichita State and Drake were the last four teams in this year's field. So the committee did us all a favor by setting up an all-time First Four slate that features Michigan State vs. UCLA and Wichita State vs. Drake for rights to play in the first round. Those games will be contested on Thursday.

As for the first four out of the field -- the teams named as replacements -- they are as follows: Louisville, Colorado State, Saint Louis and Ole Miss. Those teams will be on standby. In the event a team in the 68-team field must withdraw for COVID-19 issues between now and Tuesday at 6 p.m. ET, Louisville would get first dibs to slot in their spot followed by Colorado State if a second team must dip, and so on.



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