Printable NCAA Bracket 2016: Mens Basketball Bracket

Sunday brought one of the biggest days in all of college basketball all season with the announcement of the bracket for March Madness. 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 at least six or seven teams vying for the No. 1 seed line.

In the South Region, the Kansas Jayhawks took the top seed after their win in the Big 12 Conference Tournament and are the top overall seed. In the East Region, the North Carolina Tar Heels are the top seed after winning the ACC Tournament. The Virginia Cavaliers are the top seed in the Midwest Region to be the second ACC team as a top seed. In the West Region, the Oregon Ducks are the No. 1 seed for the first time in their school history. A huge surprise was the Michigan State Spartans not getting a top seed even after winning the Big Ten championship.

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 in Philadelphia while the Midwest title will be determined in Chicago. The South Region championship is in Louisville while the West Region will be finished in Anaheim.


NCAA Printable Bracket 2016:

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NCAA Bracket Game dates and locations

The tournament will get underway on Tuesday night in Dayton when the Vanderbilt Commodores plays the Wichita State Shockers in a battle of #11 seeds and Florida Gulf Coast Eagles plays the Fairleigh Dickinson Knights. The two First Four games on Wednesday feature the Michigan Wolverines against the Tulsa Golden Wave in the #11 seed matchup and the Holy Cross Crusaders taking on the Southern Jaguars in a game of #16 seeds. The Vanderbilt/Wichita State game may be the best First Four game in the history of the event.

It will be worth seeing whether or not the ACC can get both of their top seeds into the Final Four which will be held in Houston this year. The Pac-12, ACC 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. A potential Texas/Texas A&M matchup in the Round of 32 is worth watching for along with the chance that one of the First Four teams goes all the way into the Sweet 16.

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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