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It's March! Let The Madness Begin!

Ken Mack-Solden | March 1, 2018
2018 Men's NCAA Tournament

As the conference tournaments are in full swing, it’s time to break out the crystal ball for the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament seeding. Seeding matters because getting a coveted No. 1 seed means you are guaranteed to make it into the second round since a No. 16 seed has never beaten a No. 1 seed. At least not yet.

If you plan on watching your alma mater or favorite team in the tournament this year, below is a schedule followed by a map showing where all of the rounds are going to be played.

You might want to wait for Selection Sunday on Mar 11 to actually book your travel.

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NCAA TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE 
ROUND SITE DATE(S)
Selection Sunday Mar 11
First Four Dayton Mar 13-14
First/Second Pittsburgh Mar 15 & 17
First/Second Wichita Mar 15 & 17
First/Second Dallas Mar 15 & 17
First/Second Boise Mar 15 & 17
First/Second Charlotte Mar 16 & 18
First/Second Detroit Mar 16 & 18
First/Second Nashville Mar 16 & 18
First/Second San Diego Mar 16 & 18
Midwest Regional Omaha Mar 23 & 25
West Regional Los Angeles Mar 22 & 24
South Regional Atlanta Mar 22 & 24
East Regional Boston Mar 23 & 25
Final Four San Antonio Mar 31
Championship Game San Antonio April 2

These rankings/predictions can and probably will change because a few teams can play their way into the Big Dance with automatic conference title bids. A few bubble teams can eliminate themselves with a poor showing, but there are at least 36 teams with a 90% chance or better to make the tournament.


Ten teams with the best chance to get to the Final Four


  1. Villanova

  2. Michigan St

  3. Purdue

  4. Virginia

  5. Kansas

  6. Cincinnati

  7. Xavier

  8. North Carolina

  9. Duke

  10. West Virginia

Sleepers – teams that have the firepower to get there but are being discounted


  1. Ohio State

  2. Michigan

  3. Texas Tech

  4. Wichita State

  5. Gonzaga

Predicting the Seeds


Below are our seeding predictions for this years NCAA Tournament


No. 1 Seeds


  • Virginia (26-2)

  • Villanova (26-4)

  • Kansas (24-6)

  • Michigan St (28-3)

No. 2 Seeds


  • Purdue (26-5)

  • Duke (24-6)

  • Cincinnati (25-4)

  • Xavier (26-4)

No. 3  Seeds


  • Auburn (24-6)

  • Wichita St (23-5)

  • Tennessee (22-7)

  • N Carolina (22-8)

No. 4 Seeds


  • Arizona (22-7)

  • Houston (23-6)

  • Ohio State (24-7)

  • W Virginia (22-8)

No. 5 Seeds


  • Texas Tech (22-8)

  • Michigan (24-7)

  • Clemson (22-7)

  • Gonzaga (27-4)

No. 6 Seeds


  • Nevada (26-5)

  • Florida (19-11)

  • Kentucky (21-9)

  • TX Christian (21-9)

No. 7 Seeds
  • Miami (FL) (21-8)

  • Arkansas (21-9)

  • St Mary's (27-4)

  • Rhode Island (23-5)

No. 8 Seeds


  • USC (21-9)

  • Arizona St (19-9)

  • Texas A&M (19-11)

  • Seton Hall (20-10)

No. 9 Seeds


  • Missouri (19-11)

  • Loyola-Chi (25-5)

  • St Bonaventure (23-6)

  • Middle Tenn (23-5)

No. 10 Seeds


  • Oklahoma (17-12)

  • VA Tech (21-9)

  • Creighton (21-9)

  • Butler (19-11)

No. 11 Seeds


  • NC State (20-9)

  • Florida St (19-10)

  • Providence (18-12)

  • UCLA (19-10)

No. 12 Seeds


  • Boise State (22-7)

  • Nebraska (22-9)

  • LA Lafayette (25-4)

  • Louisville (19-10)

  • S Dakota St (25-6)

  • Northeastern (21-9)

No. 13 Seeds


  • Buffalo (22-8)

  • N Mex State (24-5)

  • Vermont (25-6)

  • Belmont (23-8)

No. 14 Seeds


  • Montana (21-7)

  • South Dakota (24-7)

  • Bucknell (22-9)

  • Furman (22-9)

No. 15 Seeds


  • UCSB (21-7)

  • Canisius (21-10)

  • U Penn (21-7)

  • N Kentucky (22-8)

No. 16 Seeds


  • Hampton (16-14)

  • NC-Asheville (20-11)

  • Wagner (22-8)

  • Florida Gulf Casst (22-10)

  • Texas Southern (10-19)

  • Stephen F. Austin (24-6)

Note: Since there are 68 teams eligible and two of these game are “play-in games” there are extra teams in the Nos. 12 and 16 seeds (likely landing spots).


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