Tar Heels Are No. 1 Seed In South Region

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However, North Carolina very well could draw one of those 16 seeds forced to win a play-in game to join the rest of the field in Greenville. Syracuse has been a hit-or-miss team this season, but the games they have hit have been as impressive as possible.

There is also the question of whether the Duke Blue Devils jumped to a No. 1 seed by winning four games in four days to take the ACC Tournament. Last season, Boeheim said the Orange earned a No. 10 seed because of five Top 50 wins, two of which came on a neutral court in the Bahamas against Texas A&M and CT.

A year ago Michigan State won the Big Ten Tournament and finished with a 29-5 record but was shafted out of a No. 1 seed in favor of Virginia, which was 26-7. The Cavaliers have a quality win over the Seminoles and made it to the quarterfinals of the conference tournament. They have six RPI top-50 wins and beat Florida three times this season.

Winthrop, the only other team from the Palmetto State expected to make the field of 68, could be sent out West, according to USA TODAY.

Basketball fans looking for a printable 2017 NCAA Tournament bracket can find all the information they need right here, including a full schedule and list of matchups for March Madness. Last year they were assigned an 11 seed, but this year most are predicting they could get one of the top lines of the bracket.

So we could see URI and Cal hop into that Last Four In, but any way you slice this Syracuse should not be in the tournament. For Kansas, the loss doesn't mean too much in the grand scheme of things, and in reality it probably helps.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. (CT) and the event is open to the public.

Tip-off time for Friday's game was to be announced later Sunday evening. You can now purchase a "block" as you do for a Super Bowl that gives you the chance to win on every game of the tournament, based purely on the final score, regardless of who plays in the game.

It seems commonplace of late for a conference to have eight teams in the tournament.

We already know how Illinois matches up against Purdue - what we don't know is how a team like Illinois State would fair against them.

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