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NCAA Tournament bracket: Gonzaga, Baylor, Illinois, Michigan are top seeds

Gonzaga, Baylor, Michigan and Illinois are the four No. 1 seeds for the men’s NCAA Tournament.

The Bulldogs, who enter the tournament undefeated at , are a No. 1 seed for the fourth time and the overall No. 1 seed for the first time in school history. Gonzaga is the first team to enter the NCAA Tournament undefeated since Kentucky in

A printable tournament bracket is available here.

Baylor () won the Big 12 regular-season title before it was eliminated in the conference tournament semifinals on Friday. The Bears, a No. 1 seed for the first time, are trying to make their first Final Four since

Illinois () is making its first NCAA Tournament appearance since and is a No. 1 seed for the first time since , when it reached the national title game before losing to North Carolina. The Illini enter the tournament having won 13 of their last 14 games, including the Big Ten tournament final on Sunday.

Michigan () captured the Big Ten’s regular-season title and is a No. 1 seed for the first time since the “Fab Five” squad earned a top seed in The Wolverines lost in the Big Ten tournament semifinals on Saturday.

Michigan State, UCLA, Wichita State and Drake were the last four teams in, with Louisville, Colorado State, Saint Louis and Ole Miss the first four out. The latter four will serve as replacement teams in the event that any NCAA Tournament team has to withdraw due to COVID issues. Louisville is one of several teams that opted out of the National Invitational Tournament after missing the NCAA tourney field, including Duke and Xavier.


Men's NCAA Tournament Bracket Breakdown: A Region-by-Region Guide

The men's field of 68 is set for the greatest postseason in sports: March Madness. Sunday's selection show revealed the bracket that sets the table for this year's race for the national title. Gonzaga enters the tournament as not only the No. 1 overall seed, but also chasing the first undefeated season by a D-I men's basketball team since &#x;76 Indiana.

Before the games begin (the First Four is Thursday, while the Round of 64 starts Friday), SI's experts have broken down the teams to watch in each region, from the outlook for the top seeds to the squads most likely to make a Cinderella run and much, much more.

West Region

1. Gonzaga
2. Iowa
3. Kansas
4. Virginia
5. Creighton
6. USC
7. Oregon
8. Oklahoma 
9. Missouri
 Wichita State/Drake
UC Santa Barbara
Eastern Washington
Grand Canyon
 Norfolk State/Appalachian State

State of the No. 1 Seed

Frankly, Gonzaga has looked destined for the top overall seed ever since an emphatic win over Kansas in the very first game of the season. The Bulldogs have earned and lived up to their lofty expectations each step of the way since, leaning on a turbo-charged, balanced offense and four players with All-American cases. Rarely do you find four stars with skill sets as complementary as Jalen Suggs, Corey Kispert, Drew Timme and Joel Ayayi. Mark Few&#x;s teams have led the nation in offensive efficiency three years running, and this edition is the third-best nationally in the last 10 years, per KenPom&#x;s data. They&#x;ve accomplished that without over-relying on launching threes, which bodes well for the sustainability of the whole thing. The synergy between their stars passes the eye test, and Gonzaga&#x;s ball movement can be a beautiful thing.

Still, running the table presents its own set of challenges. As history has shown, going into the tournament undefeated guarantees new levels of pressure. Apart from a sluggish first half against BYU in the WCC championship game, Gonzaga hasn&#x;t played a truly close contest since Dec. 2 against West Virginia, a game they still won by five. The Bulldogs&#x; defense is steady, not elite, but no opponent has been able to take full advantage. Attrition can be a nasty thing in March, but it&#x;s hard to make a case for Gonzaga being truly vulnerable, mostly because we have yet to see it. Still, as the stakes magnify, their stiffest test is almost certainly still to come.

The big question as it pertains to Gonzaga&#x;s region is whether the Zags will encounter that type of challenge prior to the Final Four. We actually have more answers than usual on that front: they&#x;ve already beaten the 2, 3 and 4 seeds&#x; Iowa, Kansas, and Virginia&#x;in the regular season, and handily at that. At a glance, the answer is probably not. But of course, we have to play the games first. &#x;Jeremy Woo

Click here for the complete West Region breakdown

South Region

1. Baylor
2. Ohio State
3. Arkansas
4. Purdue
5. Villanova
6. Texas Tech
7. Florida
8. North Carolina
9. Wisconsin
Virginia Tech
Utah State
North Texas
Oral Roberts

Who Has the Toughest Draw?

The Buckeyes nearly stole the Big Ten title, but eventually fell in overtime to Illinois, 91&#x; For their trouble, they&#x;ll have to maneuver through the bottom half of the South bracket, which is riddled with potential landmines. The Buckeyes should handle No. 15 Oral Roberts convincingly, but in the second round either No. 7 Florida or No. 10 Virginia Tech looms. Both teams have multiple double-figure scorers and depth. Should they move on, the Buckeyes would likely face No. 3 Arkansas or perhaps the most dangerous No. 6 seed in the tournament, Texas Tech, before potentially seeing No. 1 Baylor, giving a whole new meaning to the phrase no rest for the weary. &#x;Jason Jordan

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Midwest Region

1. Illinois 
2. Houston
3. West Virginia
4. Oklahoma State
5. Tennessee
6. San Diego State
7. Clemson
8. Loyola Chicago
9. Georgia Tech
Oregon State
Morehead State
Cleveland State

Player to Watch: Cade Cunningham, Oklahoma State

One-and-done guard Cade Cunningham is the type of talent who can take a team a long way&#x;it&#x;s not out of the question for him to have a Carmelo Anthony-esque run in his only NCAA tournament before becoming the likely No. 1 pick in the draft. Cunningham was outstanding in the Big 12 tournament, averaging points, six rebounds and four assists. He is smooth and unhurried with the ball, and at 6&#x; 8 can see over and play above guards assigned to guard him. Coach Mike Boynton has let the offense run through Cunningham and allowed him to play through his mistakes (he will turn the ball over), and the payoff has been a player ready to shine at tournament time. &#x;Pat Forde

Click here for the complete Midwest Region breakdown

East Region

1. Michigan
2. Alabama
3. Texas
4. Florida State
5. Colorado
6. BYU
7. UConn
8. LSU
9. St. Bonaventure
Michigan State/UCLA
UNC Greensboro
Abilene Christian
Mount St. Mary's/Texas Southern

Team That Could Bust Your Bracket: St. Bonaventure

I really like the draw for the Bonnies, who looked excellent in the A tournament. The opening-round matchup against a talented but defense-optional LSU team feels manageable, and St. Bonavenutre got paired with the most vulnerable No. 1 seed in a Livers-less Michigan squad. Winning a matchup like that will of course be challenging, but Bonaventure center Osun Osunniyi is one of the nation&#x;s best interior defenders and could make life difficult for Hunter Dickinson if he can stay out of foul trouble. 

If Osunniyi can slow Dickinson and perimeter scorers Dominick Welch and Jaren Holmes knock down shots, the Bonnies could pull the upset and blow this region wide open. Much has been made of St. Bonaventure&#x;s lack of depth, but the Bonnies&#x; five starters are incredibly talented and disciplined. This is a definite team to watch. &#x;Kevin Sweeney

Click here for the complete East Region breakdown

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The NCAA tournament bracket has been revealed, and now we know the full seed list. The Gonzaga Bulldogs will be the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA tournament, followed by the Baylor Bears, and Illinois Fighting Illini.

Every year, the NCAA seeds every team in the tournament field You can find the full seed list here:

The NCAA selection committee seeds the field on what’s called an “S-curve,” meaning it attempts to put the best No. 1 seed with the worst of the next line and so on. This year the full seed list takes on greater importance because the regional preference has no impact on seeding given that the whole tournament will be played around Indianapolis. You can read a full explainer on the S-Curve at the NCAA’s official site.

The NCAA tournament gets underway with the First Four on Thursday, March The opening round will take place over the next two days, while the round of 32 taking place the following Sunday and Monday. Here’s a full explainer on how this year’s tournament will work with a ‘bubble’ format in Indianapolis.


NCAA bracket: Printable March Madness bracket .PDF

Here is the official and printable NCAA bracket for the NCAA Division I men's basketball tournament, also known as March Madness. Baylor beat Gonzaga to win the national championship.

The NCAA tournament is scheduled to start with the First Four on March 15 and

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NCAA bracket Printable March Madness bracket

Here is the complete schedule for the tournament, including times, links to live streams and TV networks:

First Four — Thursday, March 18
(16) Texas Southern 60, (16) Mount St. Mary's 52Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall
(11) Drake 53, (11) Wichita State 52Mackey Arena
(16) Norfolk State 54, (16) Appalachian State 53 Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall
(11) UCLA 86, (11) Michigan State 80Mackey Arena
First Round — Friday, March 19
(7) Florida 75, (10) Virginia Tech 70 (OT)Hinkle Fieldhouse
(3) Arkansas 85, (14) Colgate 68Bankers Life Fieldhouse
(1) Illinois 78, (16) Drexel 49Indiana Farmers Coliseum
(6) Texas Tech 65, (11) Utah State 53Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall
(15) Oral Roberts 75, (2) Ohio State 72 (OT)Mackey Arena
(1) Baylor 79, (16) Hartford 55Lucas Oil Stadium Unity (South)
(8) Loyola Chicago 71, (9) Georgia Tech 60Hinkle Fieldhouse
(12) Oregon State 70, (5) Tennessee 56Bankers Life Fiieldhouse
(4) Oklahoma State 69, (13) Liberty 60Indiana Farmers Coliseum
(9) Wisconsin 85, No. 8 North Carolina 62Mackey Arena
(2) Houston 87, (15) Cleveland State 56Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall
(13) North Texas 78, (4) Purdue 69 (OT)Lucas Oil Stadium Equality (North)
(10) Rutgers 60, (7) Clemson 56Bankers Life Fieldhouse
(11) Syracuse 78, (6) San Diego State 62Hinkle Fieldhouse
(3) West Virginia 84, (14) Morehead State 67Lucas Oil Stadium Unity (South)
(5) Villanova 73, (12) Winthrop 63Indiana Farmers Coliseum
First Round — Saturday, March 20
(5) Colorado 96, (12) Georgetown 73Hinkle Fieldhouse
(4) Florida State 64, (13) UNC Greensboro 54Bankers Life Fieldhouse
(3) Kansas 93, (14) Eastern Washington 84Indiana Farmers Coliseum
(8) LSU 76, (9) St. Bonaventure 61Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall
(1) Michigan 82, (16) Texas Southern 66Mackey Arena
(5) Creighton 63, (12) UC Santa Barbara 62Lucas Oil Stadium Unity (South)
(2) Alabama 68, (15) Iona 55Hinkle Fieldhouse
(6) USC 72, (11) Drake 56Bankers Life Fieldhouse
(2) Iowa 86, (15) Grand Canyon 74Indiana Farmers Coliseum
(10) Maryland 63, (7) UConn 54Mackey Arena
(13) Ohio 62, (4) Virginia 58Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall
(8) Oklahoma 72, (9) Missouri 68Lucas Oil Stadium Equality (North)
(1) Gonzaga 98, (16) Norfolk State 55Bankers Life Fieldhouse
(11) UCLA 73, (6) BYU 62Hinkle Fieldhouse
(14) Abilene Christian 53, (3) Texas 52Lucas Oil Stadium Unity (South)
Second Round — Sunday, March 21
(8) Loyola Chicago 71, (1) Illinois 58Bankers Life Fieldhouse
(1) Baylor 76, (9) Wisconsin 63Hinkle Fieldhouse
(11) Syracuse 75, (3) West Virginia 72Bankers Life Fieldhouse
(3) Arkansas 68, (6) Texas Tech 66Hinkle Fieldhouse
(2) Houston 63, (10) Rutgers 60Lucas Oil Stadium Unity (South)
(15) Oral Roberts 81, (7) Florida 78Indiana Farmers Coliseum
(5) Villanova 84, (13) North Texas 61Bankers Life Fieldhouse
(12) Oregon State 80, (4) Oklahoma State 70Hinkle Fieldhouse
Second Round — Monday, March 22
(7) Oregon 95, (2) Iowa 80Bankers Life Fieldhouse
(1) Gonzaga 87, (8) Oklahoma 71Hinkle Fieldhouse
(11) UCLA 67, (14) Abilene Christian 47Bankers Life Fieldhouse
(5) Creighton 72, (13) Ohio 58Hinkle Fieldhouse
(1) Michigan 86, (8) LSU 78Lucas Oil Stadium Unity (South)
(4) Florida State 71, (5) Colorado 53Indiana Farmers Coliseum
(2) Alabama 96, (10) Maryland 77Bankers Life Fieldhouse
(6) USC 85, No. 3 Kansas 51Hinkle Fieldhouse
Sweet 16 — Saturday, March 27
(12) Oregon State 65, No. 8 Loyola Chicago 58Bankers Life Fieldhouse
(1) Baylor 62, (5) Villanova 51Hinkle Fieldhouse
(3) Arkansas 72, (15) Oral Roberts 70Bankers Life Fieldhouse
(2) Houston 62, (11) Syracuse 46Hinkle Fieldhouse
Sweet 16 — Sunday, March 28
(1) Gonzaga 83, (5) Creighton 65Hinkle Fieldhouse
(1) Michigan 76, (4) Florida State 58Bankers Life Fieldhouse
(11) UCLA 88, (2) Alabama 78 (OT)Hinkle Fieldhouse
(6) USC 82, (7) Oregon 68Bankers Life Fieldhouse
Elite Eight — Monday, March 29
(2) Houston 67, (12) Oregon State 61Lucas Oil Stadium Equality (North)
(1) Baylor 81, (3) Arkansas 72Lucas Oil Stadium Equality (South)
Elite Eight — Tuesday, March 30
(1) Gonzaga 85, (6) USC 66Lucas Oil Stadium Equality (North)
(11) UCLA 51, (1) Michigan 49Lucas Oil Stadium Equality (South)

We tracked verifiable perfect brackets from all major bracket games throughout the entire tournament. The last perfect ones busted on Saturday. No one came within shouting distance this season of Gregg Nigl, who picked the first 49 games correctly in before his first miss.

 March Madness: Complete schedule, dates

Here are the dates, locations and tournament information for each round, including Selection Sunday:

Selection SundayMarch 13N/AN/A
First FourMarch 15 and 16Dayton, OhioUD Arena
First/SecondMarch 17 and 19Buffalo, New YorkKeyBank Center
First/SecondMarch 17 and 19Indianapolis, IndianaBankers Life Fieldhouse
First/SecondMarch 17 and 19Fort Worth, TexasDickies Arena
First/SecondMarch 17 and 19Portland, OregonModa Center
First/SecondMarch 18 and 20Greenville, South CarolinaBon Secours Wellness Arena
First/SecondMarch 18 and 20Milwaukee, WisconsinFiserv Forum
First/SecondMarch 18 and 20Pittsburgh, PennsylvaniaPPG Paints Arena
First/SecondMarch 18 and 20San Diego, CaliforniaViejas Arena
Sweet 16/Elite EightMarch 24 and 26San Antonio, TexasAT&T Center
Sweet 16/Elite EightMarch 24 and 26San Francisco, CaliforniaChase Center
Sweet 16/Elite EightMarch 25 and 27Chicago, IllinoisUnited Center
Sweet 16/Elite EightMarch 25 and 27Philadelphia, PennsylvaniaWells Fargo Center
Final FourApril 2 and 4New OrleansMercedes-Benz Superdome

 NCAA Basketball Tournament Bracket

Here's a quick guide to how teams earn a spot in the NCAA tournament.

How are March Madness teams selected?

There are two ways that a team can earn a bid to the NCAA tournament. The 32 Division I conferences all receive an automatic bid (there were 31 in ), which they each award to the team that wins the postseason conference tournament. Regardless of how a team performed during the regular season, if they are eligible for postseason play and win their conference tournament, they are selected to receive a bid to the NCAA tournament. These teams are known as automatic qualifiers.

The second avenue for an invitation is an at-large bid. The selection committee (more on them in a second) convenes on Selection Sunday, after all regular season and conference tournament games are played, and decides which 36 teams (37 in ) that are not automatic qualifiers have the pedigree to earn an invitation to the tournament.

What is the March Madness selection committee?

The member NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Committee is responsible for selecting, seeding and bracketing the field for the NCAA Tournament. School and conference administrators are nominated by their conference, serve five-year terms and represent a cross-section of the Division I membership.

How do they decide which teams get an at-large bid?

There are a multitude of stats and rankings that the Selection Committee takes into account, but there is no set formula that determines whether a team receives an at-large bid or not.

What's this thing called the NCAA evaluation tool?

The NCAA Evaluation Tool, or NET, is a tool for the committee to evaluate the strength of individual teams. It replaces the RPI and was approved after months of consultation with the Division I Men’s Basketball Committee, the National Association of Basketball Coaches, top basketball analytics experts and Google Cloud Professional Services. It includes game results, strength of schedule, game location, scoring margin (capped at 10 points per game), and net offensive and defensive efficiency.

What is the importance of seeding in March Madness?

The men’s college basketball tournament is made up of 68 teams. On Selection Sunday, before any tournament game is played, those teams are ranked 1 through 68 by the Selection Committee, with the best team in college basketball — based on regular season and conference tournament performance — sitting at No. 1. Four of those teams are eliminated in the opening round of the tournament (known as the First Four), leaving us with a field of 64 for the first round.

Those 64 teams are split into four regions of 16 teams each, with each team being ranked 1 through That ranking is the team’s seed.

In order to reward better teams, first-round matchups are determined by pitting the top team in the region against the bottom team (No. 1 vs. No. 16). Then the next highest vs. the next lowest (No. 2 vs. No. 15), and so on. In theory, this means that the 1 seeds have the easiest opening matchup to win in the bracket.

What is a Cinderella?

Much like the titular character from the fairy tale, a Cinderella team is one that is much more successful than expected. Examples in March would be Villanova’s championship run, when the eighth-seeded Wildcats became the lowest seeded team to ever win the title, knocking off the heavy favorite Georgetown.

Who has won every NCAA tournament?

Thirty-six different teams have won a championship, but no team has won more than UCLA, which has 11, 10 of which came a span of 12 years from to

Previous March Madness winners

Here is the list of every men’s basketball national championship since the NCAA tournament began in

Baylor ()Scott DrewGonzagaIndianapolis, Ind.
Canceled (COVID)N/AN/AN/AAtlanta, Ga.
Virginia ()Tony Bennett (OT)Texas TechMinneapolis, Minn.
Villanova ()Jay WrightMichiganSan Antonio, Tex.
North Carolina ()Roy WilliamsGonzagaPhoenix, Ariz.
Villanova ()Jay WrightNorth CarolinaHouston, Texas
Duke ()Mike KrzyzewskiWisconsinIndianapolis, Ind.
Connecticut ()Kevin OllieKentuckyArlington, Texas
Louisville ()*Rick PitinoMichiganAtlanta, Ga.
Kentucky ()John CalipariKansasNew Orleans, La.
Connecticut ()Jim CalhounButlerHouston, Texas
Duke ()Mike KrzyzewskiButlerIndianapolis, Ind.
North Carolina ()Roy WilliamsMichigan StateDetroit, Mich.
Kansas ()Bill Self (OT)MemphisSan Antonio, Texas
Florida ()Billy DonovanOhio StateAtlanta, Ga.
Florida ()Billy DonovanUCLAIndianapolis, Ind.
North Carolina ()Roy WilliamsIllinoisSt. Louis, Mo.
Connecticut ()Jim CalhounGeorgia TechSan Antonio, Texas
Syracuse ()Jim BoeheimKansasNew Orleans, La.
Maryland ()Gary WilliamsIndianaAtlanta, Ga.
Duke ()Mike KrzyzewskiArizonaMinneapolis, Minn.
Michigan State ()Tom IzzoFloridaIndianapolis, Ind.
Connecticut ()Jim CalhounDukeSt. Petersburg, Fla.
Kentucky ()Tubby SmithUtahSan Antonio, Texas
Arizona ()Lute Olson (OT)KentuckyIndianapolis, Ind.
Kentucky ()Rick PitinoSyracuseEast Rutherford, N.J.
UCLA ()Jim HarrickArkansasSeattle, Wash.
Arkansas ()Nolan RichardsonDukeCharlotte, N.C.
North Carolina ()Dean SmithMichiganNew Orleans, La.
Duke ()Mike KrzyzewskiMichiganMinneapolis, Minn.
Duke ()Mike KrzyzewskiKansasIndianapolis, Ind.
UNLV ()Jerry TarkanianDukeDenver, Colo.
Michigan ()Steve Fisher (OT)Seton HallSeattle, Wash.
Kansas ()Larry BrownOklahomaKansas City, Mo.
Indiana ()Bob KnightSyracuseNew Orleans, La.
Louisville ()Denny CrumDukeDallas, Texas
Villanova ()Rollie MassiminoGeorgetownLexington, Ky,
Georgetown ()John ThompsonHoustonSeattle, Wash.
North Carolina State ()Jim ValvanoHoustonAlbuquerque, N.M.
North Carolina ()Dean SmithGeorgetownNew Orleans, La.
Indiana ()Bob KnightNorth CarolinaPhiladelphia, Pa.
Louisville ()Denny CrumUCLAIndianapolis, Ind.
Michigan State ()Jud HeathcoteIndiana StateSalt Lake City, Utah
Kentucky ()Joe HallDukeSt. Louis, Mo.
Marquette ()Al McGuireNorth CarolinaAtlanta, Ga.
Indiana ()Bob KnightMichiganPhiladelphia, Pa.
UCLA ()John WoodenKentuckySan Diego, Calif.
North Carolina State ()Norm SloanMarquetteGreensboro, N.C.
UCLA ()John WoodenMemphis StateSt. Louis, Mo.
UCLA ()John WoodenFlorida StateLos Angeles, Calif.
UCLA ()John WoodenVillanovaHouston, Texas
UCLA ()John WoodenJacksonvilleCollege Park, Md.
UCLA ()John WoodenPurdueLouisville, Ky.
UCLA ()John WoodenNorth CarolinaLos Angeles, Calif.
UCLA ()John WoodenDaytonLouisville, Ky.
UTEP ()Don HaskinsKentuckyCollege Park, Md.
UCLA ()John WoodenMichiganPortland, Ore.
UCLA ()John WoodenDukeKansas City, Mo.
Loyola (Ill.) ()George Ireland (OT)CincinnatiLouisville, Ky.
Cincinnati ()Ed JuckerOhio StateLouisville, Ky.
Cincinnati ()Ed Jucker (OT)Ohio StateKansas City, Mo.
Ohio State ()Fred TaylorCaliforniaDaly City, Calif.
California ()Pete NewellWest VirginiaLouisville, Ky.
Kentucky ()Adolph RuppSeattleLouisville, Ky.
North Carolina ()Frank McGuire (3OT)KansasKansas City, Mo.
San Francisco ()Phil WoolpertIowaEvanston, Ill.
San Francisco ()Phil WoolpertLaSalleKansas City, Mo.
La Salle ()Ken LoefflerBradleyKansas City, Mo.
Indiana ()Branch McCrackenKansasKansas City, Mo.
Kansas ()Phog AllenSt. John'sSeattle, Wash.
Kentucky ()Adolph RuppKansas StateMinneapolis, Minn.
CCNY ()Nat HolmanBradleyNew York, N.Y.
Kentucky ()Adolph RuppOklahoma A&MSeattle, Wash.
Kentucky ()Adolph RuppBaylorNew York, N.Y.
Holy Cross ()Doggie JulianOklahomaNew York, N.Y.
Oklahoma State ()Henry IbaNorth CarolinaNew York, N.Y.
Oklahoma State ()Henry IbaNYUNew York, N.Y.
Utah ()Vadal Peterson (OT)DartmouthNew York, N.Y.
Wyoming ()Everett SheltonGeorgetownNew York, N.Y.
Stanford ()Everett DeanDartmouthKansas City, Mo.
Wisconsin ()Bud FosterWashington StateKansas City, Mo.
Indiana ()Branch McCrackenKansasKansas City, Mo.
Oregon ()Howard HobsonOhio StateEvanston, Ill.

*Louisville’s participation in the tournament was later vacated by the Committee on Infractions.


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March Madness 2021: West bracket revealed

Barack Obama&#;s March Madness bracket Former president picks Gonzaga, Baylor to win NCAA tournaments

Do you smell what Barack is cookin'?

A tradition as old as "Thanks, Obama" jokes, Barack Obama revealed his March Madness brackets for the NCAA Tournament on both the women's and the men's side earlier in the week, and they have some big happenings.

While No. 44 is trying to play it safe in the men's bracket, what he has happening in the Final Four is something of a rarity, happening just once before in NCAA Tournament history.

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In the women's bracket, there are some surprises, too, with an upset brewing on the right side and UConn in for a bit of (unfortunate) history for itself.

With the First Four having been played Thursday, here's how Obama's brackets shakes out:

Barack Obama's March Madness bracket

NCAA men's tournament

The former president is off to a start, with UCLA and Texas Southern both winning their First Four matchups on Thursday night.

Obama plays it safe here, selecting all four No. 1 seeds to make it to the Final Four. The last — and only — time that all four No. 1 seeds made it to the semi-finals was in , with UCLA, North Carolina, Kansas and Memphis all making it to the Final Four. KU took home the tournament win that year.

NCAA women's tournament

A Final Four without the Huskies? Obama has the No. 1 seed losing to No. 2 seed Baylor in the River Walk Region. If that turns out to be the case, then it'll be the first Final Four that Geno Auriemma and UConn have missed out on since


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