Selection Sunday Recap: Seeding, Matchups, TV Schedule & March Madness Fun Facts

Selection Sunday Recap: Seeding, Matchups, TV Schedule & March Madness Fun Facts
  • Tanya Ray Fox

Below you will find key information about the upcoming NCAA Tournament including seeding and first-round match ups, TV schedule and a few facts that may help you to fill out your bracket!

Here is the 2017 NCAA Tournament Championship seeding by region: 

* first ever tournament appearance


East Region

No. 1: Villanova (31-3) – Big East Championship

  • vs. No. 16 Mt. St. Marys/New Orleans

No. 2: Duke (24-8) – ACC Championship

  • vs. No. 15 Troy (22-24) – Sun Belt Championship

No. 3: Baylor (25-7)

  • vs. No. 14 New Mexico St. (28-5) – WAC Championship

No. 4: Florida (24-8)

  • vs. No. 13 East Tennessee St. (27-7)

No. 5: Virginia (22-10)

  • vs. No. 12 UNC Wilmington (29-5)

No. 6: SMU (29-4) – American Athletic Championship

  • vs. No. 11 Providence/USC

No. 7: South Carolina (22-10)

  • vs. No. 10 Marquette (19-12)

No. 8: Wisconsin (25-9)

    • vs. No. 9 Virginia Tech (22-10)

Midwest Region

No. 1: Kansas (28-4)

      • vs. No. 16 NC Central/UC Davis

No. 2: Louisville (24-8)

      • vs. No. 15 Jacksonville St. (20-14)*

No. 3: Oregon (29-5)

      • vs. No. 14 Iona (22-12) – MAC Championship

No. 4: Purdue (25-7)

      • vs. No. 13 Vermont (29-5) America East Championship

No. 5: Iowa State (23-10) – Big 12 Championship

      • vs. No. 12 Nevada (28-6) – Mountain West Championship

No. 6: Creighton (25-9)

      • vs.  No. 11 Rhode Island (24-9) – Atlanta 10 Championshp

No. 7: Michigan (24-11) Big 10 Championship

      • vs. No. 10 Oklahoma St (20-12)

No. 8: Miami (21-11)

      • vs. No. 9 Michigan St. (19-14)

South Region

No. 1: North Carolina (27-7)

      • vs. No. 16 Texas Southern (23-11) – SWAC Championship

No. 2: Kentucky (29-5) – SEC Championship

      • vs. No. 15 Northern Kentucky (24-10)

No. 3: UCLA (29-4)

      • vs. No. 14 Kent St. (22-13) – MAC Championship

No. 4: Butler (23-8)

      • vs. No. 13 Winthrop (26-6) – Big South Championship

No. 5: Minnesota (24-9)

      • vs. No. 12. Middle Tennessee (30-4) – Conference USA Championship

No. 6: Cincinnati (29-4)

      • vs. No. 11 Kansas St./Wake Forest

No. 7: Dayton (24-10)

      • vs. No. 10 Wichita St. (30-4) – Missouri Valley Championship

No. 8: Arkansas (25-9)

      • vs. No. 9 Seton Hall (21-11)

West Region

No. 1: Gonzaga (32-1) – West Coast Championship

      • vs. No. 16 South Dakota St. (18-16) – Summit League Championship

No. 2: Arizona (30-4) – PAC 12 Championship

      • vs. No. 15 North Dakota – Big Sky Championship

No. 3: Florida St (25-8)

      • vs. No. 14 Florida Gulf Coast (26-7) – Atlantic Sun Championship

No. 4: West Virginia (26-8)

      • vs. No. 13 Bucknell (26-8) – Patriot League Champions

No. 5: Notre Dame (25-9)

      • vs. No. 12 Princeton (23-6) – Ivy League Champions

No. 6: Maryland (24-8)

      • vs. No. 11 Xavier (21-13)

No. 7: St. Mary’s (28-4)

      • vs. No. 10 VCU (26-8)

No. 8: Northwestern (23-11)*

      • vs. No. 9 Vanderbilt (19-15)

No. 1 seeds in NIT Tournament:

      • California
      • Illinois St.
      • Iowa
      • Syracuse

 First Four Games & TV Schedule: first four

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The first and second round games will be broadcast as usual on CBS, TBS, TNT and TruTV.

The Regional Final games will once again be split by TBS and CBS.

  • TBS  will air the games on Saturday, March 25, beginning at 6 p.m.
  • CBS will televise the games on Sunday afternoon, March 26, starting at 2 p.m.

CBS will broadcast the NCAA Final Four National Semifinals on Saturday, April 1.

CBS will broadcast the National Championship on Monday, April 3.

You can also live stream every game directly from the NCAA.


Random fun facts to help fill out your bracket:

      • Only three double-digit seeds have ever made a Final Four
        • Syracuse did it in 2016
      • Lowest seed to win NCAA Tournament: No. 8 Villanova in 1985
      • Butler handed Villanova two of their three regular season losses
      • Bucknell has won 14 of their last 16 games
      • UCLA has the top-scoring offense in the country
      • Gonzaga has wins against Arizona, Florida and Iowa St.
      • Duke was an insane 13-6 vs. Top 50 teams
      • Arizona went 9-1 on the road

Tanya Ray Fox

Tanya Ray Fox is a sportswriter and producer who has worked for nearly 7 years in both digital and television sports media. She has previously worked in TV production experience for Comcast SportsNet New England, NFL Network and Time Warner Cable Sports. In addition to her work for SportsGrid and appearances on the affiliated FNTSY Sports Network, she is also a contributor for USA Today's Rams Wire.