On this Sunday, the Committees say: “Let there be brackets.”
Welcome to Selection Sunday, as both the NCAA Division I men’s and women’s basketball tournament brackets will be revealed in the evening. the men go first (6 p.m. ET, CBS), while the women’s show will start two hours later (8 p.m. ET, ESPN).
The women’s bracket used to come out the Monday after the men’s seeding. With the tournament expanding to 68 teams for the first time, the women will now also be Sunday. Unlike last year, when the tournaments were played in centralized locations, there will be first- and second-round and regional sites before the Final Four.
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For now, let’s celebrate this college basketball holiday.
Follow along as USA TODAY Sports prepares for the bracket reveals, snubs, reactions and predictions:
In the women’s field: American beat Bucknell 65-54 to win their third Patriot League championship, and Mount St. Mary’s topped Bryant 60-42 to win the NEC Tournament and automatic qualification into the NCAA Tournament for the second year in a row.
In the men’s field: Yale knocked off Princeton 66-64 to advance to NCAA Tournament for third time in last five opportunities.
All games must be completed before the brackets come out. Here’s a list of conference tournament champions yet to be crowned:
- ivy: Yale vs. Princeton
- Atlantic-10: Davidson vs. Richmond
- South Eastern: Texas A&M vs. Tennessee
- American: Memphis vs. houston
- Big Ten: Iowa vs. Purdue
- northeast: Mount St. Mary’s vs. bryant
- Colonial: Delaware vs. Drexel
- Patriot: Bucknell vs. American
- Big 12: Baylor vs. Texas
- Missouri Valley: Illinois State vs. North Iowa
- Southlands: Incarnate Word vs. Southeast Louisiana
TheKansas Jayhawks, fresh off their Big 12 tournament championshipappear poised to claim one of the four No. 1 seeds when the NCAA men’s brackets are revealed.
Kansas is also at the top of the list when it comes to the salary of head coach Bill Self. TO complicated contractual arrangement constructed in 2012 has made Self the nation’s highest-paid men’s basketball coach — with a total compensation for the 2021-22 season of $10.2 million.
The salary figures for all public school men’s basketball teams is part of USA TODAY Sports’ annual report on coaches’ compensation. Rounding out the top five behind Self are John Calipari of Kentucky, Tom Izzo of Michigan State, Mike Krzyzewski of Duke and Jay Wright of Villanova.
The latest USA TODAY Sports men’s bracketology laid out why the projected No. 1 seeds are the four teams deserving of the top line.
Meanwhile, ESPN’s women’s predictions said that Baylor’s win over Oklahoma in the Big 12 semifinals Saturday moved the Bears to a No. 1 seed. They play Texas, a potential No. 2 seed, in the finals Sunday.
George is Digismak’s reported cum editor with 13 years of experience in Journalism