NCAA Tournament Bracket Is Set

The brackets for the 2017 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament have been announced, and as expected K-State managed to work their way into the 68-team field. Syracuse was one of the last teams left out despite six RPI top 50 victories including wins over Duke, Virginia and Florida State. It also didn't help that Cal mixed in losses to San Diego State, Stanford, Utah and Colorado, all top 100 teams but none ever serious threats to reach the NCAA tournament. The Cats will take on No. 9 seed Vanderbilt on Thursday in Salt Lake City. Still, the Wildcats making the Big Dance is only part of the fun. They have won a program-record 23 games, a number that could get even bigger in the NCAA tournament.

Led by Bryant McIntosh, who scored 14.4 points and dished out 5.2 assists per game this season, the Wildcats had plenty of impressive wins during their historic season.

According to MLive, the big Selection Sunday show has revealed the entire list of teams that will battle it out on the road to the Final Four. As a few losses continued to pile up, plenty anxious the Cats might've been floating to the wrong side of that tournament bubble.

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This marks the 37 appearance all-time for the Wildcats in the NCAA Tournament and third time they have earned the No. 1 seed.

Gonzaga missed out on a chance to go undefeated in the regular season with a loss on senior night, but the only goal the team has really cared about is breaking into the Final Four and winning a national championship. Northern Kentucky, champions of the Horizon League Tournament, is seeded No. 15. Pardon figures to get those kinds of accolades soon.

  • Lawrence Cooper