March Madness brackets released with tournament set to tip off in Indianapolis this week
Following a year without a 68-team tournament or a championship opportunity for any team, March Madness is finally back. The 2021 NCAA Tournament will tip off Thursday in Indianapolis with four first-four contests after this year’s brackets were released Sunday.
The Gonzaga Bulldogs, Baylor Bears, Fighting Illini, and Michigan Wolverines were selected as the tournament’s number-one seeds by the NCAA Selection Committee.
Meanwhile, four No. 11 seeds in Wichita State, Drake, Michigan State, and UCLA were the last four teams selected to the tournament. The Shockers and Bulldogs will face each other for the right to play the sixth-seeded USC Trojans in the second round while the Spartans and Bruins will battle for a chance to take down No. 6 seed BYU in the next round. In this order, Louisville, Colorado State, Saint Louis, and Ole Miss were the first four teams left out of the tournament bracket but also serve as alternates in case a team currently in the field must withdraw from COVID-19 complications.