Gonzaga is top overall seed in 2021 Men’s Basketball Tournament

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament bracket was released on Sunday. The undefeated Gonzaga Bulldogs will lead the field as the top overall seed.

The Bulldogs — who have a stacked roster — brings a 26-0 record into the tournament. Since the 1975-76 season, Gonzaga is just the fifth team to enter the tournament with an undefeated record.

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The 2014-15 Kentucky Wildcats were the last team to have an undefeated record going into the tournament.

This is the first time that the Bulldogs have been named the top overall seed. However, they were previously a No. 1 overall seed in 2013, 2017, and 2019.

The Baylor Bears, Illinois Fighting Illini, and the Michigan Wolverines were also awarded No. 1 seeds.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, if a team has a coronavirus positive test, they must withdraw from the tournament. And the team they were scheduled to face will advance in their spot.

The Kansas Jayhawks and the Virginia Cavaliers have been hit with the coronavirus positive results within the past week. Both teams had to withdraw from their conference tournament.

All a team needs are five healthy players to participate in a game. Both the Jayhawks and the Cavaliers are expected to have enough healthy players to participate in the tournament.

“The one thing I’ve found out through this, probably as much as anybody, is expect the unexpected,” said Kansas coach Bill Self.

The 68-game tournament will begin on Thursday. The tournament is expected to end with the national championship given out on Monday, April 5th.

“We’re confident at this point that we’re moving forward to tip-off Thursday with a full field of 68,” Selection committee chair Mitch Barnhart said.

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