Printable 2019 College Basketball Tournament Bracket: Make Your Picks Here


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But here's the more important question.

IN THE NORTH: The Final Four is in Minneapolis this year, and Duke can hope that's a good sign.

Here's the scary part.

Duke earned the top seed of the entire tournament after capturing the ACC title Saturday night, and the Blue Devils are joined by ACC powers North Carolina and Virginia as No. 1 seeds, while Gonzaga got the top billing in the West. And if they both win their first two games this weekend, they'll meet in Kansas City on Friday, March 29, for a sixth time, tying the all-time record.

As usual, there was the ongoing pre-selection debate about the skills of a 7th or 8th place major conference team vs a mid-major champ such as Belmont from the Ohio Valley, Conference, which lost in its tournament being included.

That decision helped a Jersey Guy go 68 of 68 in his bracket predictions, but we digress.

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Now, because there's no specific mention of the tournament or bracket, it's entirely possible that Samuelson - who's averaging 18.9 points per game as UConn's second-leading scorer - was talking about something else on Instagram. They haven't fallen too far from grace as they're still a 2-seed in the tournament, but it's a bit unsettling to not see them as a top-seed in one of the four regions.

The show, down to one hour, averaged a 4.0 overnight household rating, the best mark for an NCAA men's basketball tournament selection show since 2014's 4.2.

UConn did that a few years back, starting the Big East tournament with a 9-9 record and nearly No chance of getting a tournament berth.

With UCLA out of the picture this year, Kentucky's eight titles are the most by any team in the field.

The Kansas Jayhawks have the longest active streak of NCAA Tournament appearances at 30. MI will open against Montana, the same team the Wolverines beat to begin the tournament a year ago. A win would advance the Blue Devils to Sunday's second round against the victor of Friday's game between No. 8 seed Virginia Commonwealth and No. 9 Central Florida. But there are several other teams that can win it all.

When Bolden returns, either Friday or, if Duke advances, Sunday, it will be the first time the Blue Devils will have their entire starting lineup available since the February 20 game against UNC at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

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