Breaking Down The 2018 March Madness Bracket

 | Grace Higgins

It’s the best time of the year: March Madness.

In what seems to always provide for cinderella stories, crazy upsets and high-octane matchups, there has already been some madness and the tournament has not even started yet.

The most notable teams that were left out of this year’s bracket include Notre Dame and USC.

While Notre Dame may not have had the strongest resume, it welcomed back senior leader Bonzie Colson at the end of the season. The return of Colson provided for a completely different dynamic to this Irish team. They played very well toward the end of the season, topping Virginia Tech in the second round of the ACC tournament before falling to Duke in the next round.

Many thought that the selection committee would give the Irish the nod in, considering they were a much better team with Colson despite not having the most impressive regular season without him. However, they were one of the first four teams out of the tournament.

USC was another team that many thought were lock to get in, but were left out. The Trojans notched a 23-11 overall record en route to a PAC 12 conference championship appearance where they lost to Arizona by a score of 75-61.

While both these teams may have been qualified to make it to the big dance, all the speculation now has to be put aside as the bracket as set.

The No. 1 overall seed this year is the Virginia Cavaliers out of the ACC. The other No. 1 seeds in the tournament are Villanova, Kansas and Xavier, respectively.

The favorite going into this year’s tournament has to be Virginia, as they have accumulated a 31-2 overall record while competing one of the best, if not the best, conferences in the country in the ACC.

This Cavaliers team also got a very good draw as this this region does not include any team, other than Virginia, in the ACC or Big Ten in the top five seeds. The other top seeds in this region include No. 2 Cincinnati, No. 3 Tennessee, No. 4 Arizona and No. 5 Kentucky.

This region is Virginia’s region to lose.

The most difficult region of them all has to be the Midwest region. This region showcases some of the best college basketball perennial powers in the country, including first-seeded Kansas, second-seeded Duke and third-seeded Michigan State.

Of course, nothing is guaranteed in March Madness, we will just have to wait and see what this year’s tournament has in store.