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No. 1 seeds announced; Northwestern finally reaches NCAA tournament

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Jayson Tatum scored two of his 25 points against U of L's Ray Spalding and Mangok Mathiang

This has been an incredible season at Northwestern, and these Cats have already accomplished so many program firsts. The shortest team in the bracket is the Dayton Flyers.

Team sheets are supposed to visually represent a team's season resume, and are another tool for comparing two teams that seem similar. Utilizing Bet Labs' Bracket Analysis, here are the Cinderellas, sleepers and busts you need to know about before filling out your bracket.

First, a few trends that are worth noting. With how dominant they were in the MAAC until they were upset and with a sustained level of success after doing the same last season, they should've gotten more serious consideration as one of the 68 teams to go dancing. They also have more wins over top teams than anyone in the country and were the preseason favorite. Although Virginia's sluggish offensive style isn't always aesthetically pleasing or entertaining, this game could be a compelling one to watch because of the upset possibility. That said, Syracuse turned a 10-seed into a Final Four appearance previous year, so there is some danger in completely dismissing the 10's. Since 1985, the No. 12 seed is 46-82 against No. 5 seeds. This year's UNC-Wilmington team is as good as pick as any of them. While last year's show was over 2 hours long, the network claims that this year's rendition will be condensed to 90 minutes.

More commonly known as March Madness, the tournament kicks off with the First Four or games to determine team's seeding in the second round of the tournament.

That means in 2017 there's fewer true cinderella teams that earned their spots exclusively with an unlikely conference tournament run.

SMU holds up the American Athletic Conference championship trophy after SMU's win against Cincinnati in the NCAA college basketball game in the AAC tournament finals, Sunday, March 12, 2017, in Hartford, Conn.

Now, the Wildcats get a chance to do what no team has done since Florida in 2007.

Florida State vs. Florida Gulf Coast: A game that would never appear on Florida State's regular-season schedule. Yes, Duke is the No. 2 in Villanova's region.

A major snowstorm is expected to hit the Northeast on Tuesday and that means a tough trip from Philadelphia to Buffalo, even for the defending national champions.

Kansas got no favors from the selection committee here.

Some of the Privateers described winning Saturday's title game as nearly "living a sports movie", and said they never doubted that things would go their way in the end.

First-round winners: Kansas, Miami, Iowa State, Vermont, Creighton, Oregon, Michigan, Louisville.

Michigan State: I had the Spartans an 11-seed; the committee made the Spartans a 9-seed.

The marquee region, without question. The Jayhawks have won 13 straight Big 12 regular-season titles, but they've failed to reach the Final Four in 10 of their last 12 seasons. Key pieces from last year's title-winning run are back, including Kris Jenkins, who hit the buzzer-beating three to beat North Carolina in the championship game.

John Calipari - The head coach at the University of Kentucky since 2009, Calipari previously coached at two other universities. Kentucky finished 29-5 and won the SEC tournament.

Prediction: North Carolina over UCLA.

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