The 2017 NCAA Division I Basketball Tournament unofficially starts on March 12 with Selection Sunday. But a Friday loss to Duke (27-8, 11-7 ACC) knocked UNC out of the ACC Tournament and jeopardized its chance of earning a top seed in the NCAA Tournament.
If Duke nabs that final No. 1, Pac-12 tourney champ Arizona at 30-4 could then be the No. 2 seed in the West.
After Selection Sunday, the NCAA March Madness 2017 basketball tournament actually commences on Tuesday and Wednesday with the First Four in Dayton, Ohio.
Until the official bracket is assembled, see a blank bracket at the top of this post, use this PDF version or print the one below. As of press time, 21 top seeds had either won their league tournament or remained alive. For Kansas, the loss doesn't mean too much in the grand scheme of things, and in reality it probably helps. Then there is Kentucky, which could get a No. 2 seed in the Midwest or the final No. 1 if it beats Arkansas in the SEC tourney title game.More news: Rob Howley praises George North as Wales dent Ireland's Six Nations hopes
Let the (March) Madness begin. Additionally, the FGCU cheerleaders and E'Gals will perform, and fans could potentially end up on national TV as a live reaction of FGCU's selection is expected to be shown on the CBS broadcast.
Louisville is the No. 2 seed in the Midwest, and OR is the 3. So both Duke and North Carolina would have to win five games for the NCAA matchup to finally happen in the title game. After the way results shook out over 14 games at Barclays Center, the ACC could get as many as 10. While one bubble team punched its dance ticket on the final day - with Rhode Island winning the Atlantic 10 Tournament - there were still many question marks including whether the 18-win Syracuse Orange had done enough with wins over Duke and Virginia to make the tournament.
The 6-8, 225-pound sophomore is on an absolute tear over his last two games and is the type of prospect that could shine if the Wolf Pack were able to win two more games and make the NCAA Tournament.
The Sweet Sixteen games will be played on Thursday, March 23 and Friday, March 24. 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.