NCAA Tournament Bracket 2016: Blank NCAA Mens Bracket

(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Sunday was the official beginning of the American phenomenon known as March Madness, with the release of the NCAA Tournament bracket.  As usual, there were plenty of surprises along the way with some of the top seeds and teams that made the tournament while others who were left on the outside looking in. As the selections began, there was six teams deserving of the No. 1 seed line.

In the end, the Kansas Jayhawks took the top overall seed after winning in the Big 12 Conference Tournament. However, they were placed in the tournament’s most difficult region. In the East Region, the University of North Carolina are the top seed after winning the ACC Tournament. They have the most number one seeds of all time. In the Midwest, The Virginia Cavaliers are the top seed. Two of the four number one seeds play in the ACC. In the West, the Oregon Ducks are the No. 1 seed. This is the first time in Oregon school history that they are a number one seed.

Potential Elite Eight matchups include Kansas taking on Villanova in the South while Oregon could face Oklahoma looking for a Final Four berth in the West Region. In the Midwest, Virginia may end up facing Michigan State while the East could end up with a North Carolina/Xavier matchup. The East Region finals will be held in Philadelphia while the Midwest title will be determined in Chicago. The South Region championship will take place in Louisville , and the West Region will wrap up in Anaheim.

This year, the ACC, Pac-12, and Big 12 Conferences each got seven teams into the field of 68 while the Big Ten got six teams, the Big East finished with five teams in with the American Athletic Conference got four teams in. Michigan State may have a chip on their shoulder as a No. 2 seed while major upsets are expected to happen all the way through the tournament.


NCAA Printable Bracket 2016:

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NCAA Tournament Bracket 2016

March 17, March 19
Dunkin’ Donuts Center (Providence, RI)
(6) Arizona vs. (11) Wichita State
(3) Miami vs. (14) Buffalo
(5) Baylor vs. (12) Yale
(4) Duke vs. (13) UNC Wilmington

Wells Fargo Arena (Des Moines, IA)
(1) Kansas vs. (16) Austin Peay
(8) Colorado vs. (9) UConn
(5) Indiana vs. (12) Chattanooga
(4) Kentucky vs. (13) Stony Brook

PNC Arena (Raleigh, NC)
(1) North Carolina vs. (16) Florida Gulf Coast
(8) USC vs. (9) Providence
(1) Virginia vs. (16) Hampton
(8) Texas Tech vs. (9) Butler

Pepsi Center (Denver, CO)
(5) Purdue vs. (12) Arkansas Little Rock
(4) Iowa State vs. (13) Iona
(6) Seton Hall vs. (11) Gonzaga
(3) Utah vs. (14) Fresno State

March 18, March 20
Barclays Center (Brooklyn, NY)
(7) Iowa vs. (10) Temple
(2) Villanova vs. (15) UNC Asheville
(6) Notre Dame vs. (11) Michigan
(3) West Virginia vs. (14) Stephen F. Austin

Scottrade Center (St. Louis, MO)
(7) Wisconsin vs. (10) Pittsburgh
(2) Xavier vs. (15) Weber State
(7) Dayon vs. (10) Syracuse
(2) Michigan State vs. (15) Middle Tennessee

Chesapeake Energy Arena (Oklahoma City, OK)
(6) Texas vs. (11) Northern Iowa
(3) Texas A&M vs. (14) Green Bay
(7) Oregon State vs. (10) VCU
(2) Oklahoma vs. (15) Cal State Bakersfield

Spokane Arena (Spokane, WA)
(5) Maryland vs. (12) South Dakota State
(4) California vs. (13) Hawaii
(1) Oregon vs. (16) Holy Cross
(8) Saint Joseph’s vs. (9) Cincinnati

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