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NCAA 2022 Bracket: Selection Sunday Updates, March Madness Bracket, NCAA Tournament Basketball Court

March Madness has officially arrived. The NCAA Tournament Committee unveiled the 68-team roster live on CBS Sunday night, so the standings are locked, the matchups are decided, and the enduring bubble drama has finally burst.

At the top of the table, Gonzaga, as expected, clinched the committee’s No. 1 seed and will play out of the West region. It is the fifth time under Mark Few that the Bulldogs have won a No. 1 seed and the second time in as many years he will enter the tournament as the No. 1 seed. They are joined on the No. 1 seed line by Arizona (South Region), Kansas (Midwest Region) and Baylor (East Region)

Auburn (Midwest) and Kentucky (East) headlined the next line of teams in second place on the committee after both provided impressive resumes that could have been good enough for the 1-seeded if not for early exits from the SEC tournament. (South) and Duke (West) are the last No. 2 seeds in the field.

In the bubble drama, Sunday brought some change to the landscape after Richmond won the A-10 and stole an offer from teams on the bubble. Indiana, Notre Dame, Rutgers and Wyoming were the final four teams to enter the field, according to Dayton, Oklahoma, SMU and Texas A&M were not so lucky, however, and they were the first teams to exit the field this year.

Here are some takeaways from the 2022 NCAA Tournament bracket revealed on Draft Sunday.

1. Gonzaga, seeded number 1, gets a tough draw

As a reward for earning the tournament’s first seed, the committee taped the Zags the gauntlet of a region. In the West, Duke is No. 2, Texas Tech is No. 3, and Arkansas is The No. 4 Each of these teams could be in the Final Four, and each presents unique challenges if they were to face Gonzaga. Now the Bulldogs are the best team in the tournament for a reason, and they have the means to overcome the draw to difficult fate. But it’s about as brutal an area as it could have gotten. Even if their path to the Final Four for the third time in the last four tournaments would only include Arkansas and one of Duke or Texas Tech, it’s a bad path and they will certainly have earned it.

2. Richmond steals Dayton’s spot

Richmond’s victory in Sunday’s A-10 title game against No. 1-seeded Davidson threw a huge bid robber into the mix on the final day of action. The win, which pushed Dayton away from the last team in the pitch to the first team outside from the field – a point confirmed by Tom Burnett, chairman of the NCAA Division I basketball committee, on the CBS broadcast. It’s a double whammy after Richmond knocked out the Flyers from Tournament A -10 Saturday.

3. Tennessee gets hired with the No. 3 seed

Despite winning the SEC Tournament and appearing on Sunday’s draft show as the winner of 15 of its last 17, Tennessee has drawn a No. 3 seed in the South – arguably the team the most obviously underseeded. I’ll let my colleague Matt Norlander speak.

It’s a pretty big shock to the system to see the Vols as a 3rd seed and Duke as a 2nd seed in the West. But at first glance, it might work well. The South is a much more winnable region than the West, where Duke is located, and chances are the Vols will continue their incredible few weeks with an in-depth tournament.

Click here to enter your printable NCAA tournament bracket and be sure to see Jerry Palm’s bracketology before the start of the selection program.

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