Kentucky is the prohibitive favorite, but three teams could give them more trouble than most. (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Selection Sunday has come and gone, but there’s plenty left to sort out before you start picking your Final Four. Here’s everything you need to get prepared to fill out your bracket. Check back often for updates.

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The clock keeps ticking down to Thursday’s tipoff, meaning you’re running out of time to perfect your 2015 NCAA tournament bracket pool entry. Get the latest tips and tricks from Post Sports, and get the stories that slip between the seed lines of this year’s Big Dance all in one place:

In play-in game, Robert Morris had ballers, North Florida just had dudes

And that made all the difference. (Read More)

Ohio State’s D’Angelo Russell, the tournament’s must-watch player

If any player in this year’s tournament joins the list of stars who single-handedly lug their teams deep into March – think Danny Manning, Carmelo Anthony and even Shabazz Napier last year – Russell may be the best candidate. (Read More)

Seven teams the selection committee seeded wrong

There were quite a few puzzling seeds announced this past Sunday, and here are the seven most egregious. (Read More)

Iowa State’s Fred Hoiberg, the unofficial mayor of Ames, Iowa

Iowa State Coach Fred Hoiberg is known as “the mayor” of Ames, Iowa, for good reason — he lives and breathes Cyclones athletics. (Read More)

Which Hampton celebration was better?

The bench riffing on “Major League,” or the coach’s postgame call to Jesus?

President Obama makes his NCAA tournament picks

Spoiler alert: He’s got an all-Wildcats championship game.

John Wall fills out bracket, breaks down tournament

Of course, Wall’s championship pick isn’t a surprise. (Read More)

Could Hampton upset Kentucky? It’s a (very) long shot but they do have a (slight) chance.

It doesn’t look good for the Pirates, but they do have a couple of things in their favor. (Read More)

Three teams that ‘could’ beat Kentucky

The Wildcats look unstoppable, but a trio of opponents could provide matchup problems for John Calipari’s crew. (Read More)

Spotting Cinderella: Four low seeds who could go deep

The NCAA tournament gave us Steph Curry, Dunk City, and the genius of Brad Stevens in past years, and here are the four Cinderellas poised to make at least a Sweet 16 run this March. (Read More)

Fancy Stats: Why South is ripe for upsets

Several NCAA tournament-bound coaches have a history of underperforming, including four in the South region. (Read More

What channel is truTV?

It’s time to answer the annual question every college basketball fan is asking. (Read More)

Feinstein: NCAA basketball committee needs to be fixed — here’s how

The biggest problem with the group that selects the tournament field is its lack of knowledge of basketball. (Read More)

After brackets were set, John Oliver tore NCAA apart

The “Last Week Tonight” host took aim at the many hypocrisies of the governing body of college athletics. (Read More)

Fancy Stats: Kentucky, Arizona have easiest roads to Final Four

The brackets are set but not all roads to the Final Four are paved evenly. Some paths to Indianapolis appear treacherous, others should provide smooth sailing. (Read More)

Fancy Stats: The ‘Perfect Bracket’

If there is one thing all that time spent in his mother’s basement has taught Neil Greenberg, it is that stats can really help with picking winners in college basketball’s premier event. (Read More)

Graphic: From the bubble to the bracket

See the snubs, surprises and odds of each team to advance by their seed line. (Read More)

The best bets to win it all

It isn’t just Kentucky and the field. Historical profiles indicate there are four teams that are solid picks to cut down the nets in Indy. (Read More)

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Fancy Stats: Most likely first-round upsets

Picking favorites in the NCAA tournament is the smart play, but what makes March Madness great is the upsets and Cinderella teams who pull off something special. (Read More)

Breaking down the No. 5 vs. No. 12 matchups

History says at least one 5-seed will fall. Who will it be in 2015? (Read More)

Most vulnerable top seeds

They’re the best teams in the nation. But when one loss can banish anyone from the bracket, it just takes one slip-up to shatter dreams of ladders, scissors and a nylon necklace – even for those occupying the top seed lines. (Read More)

Selection Sunday’s biggest snubs and surprises

The NCAA tournament selection committee made its decision, and as usual, the final cuts were the cruelest. (Read More)

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Care about college basketball? Root for Iowa State, Villanova, Notre Dame and North Carolina

Once they put aside educational allegiances and office-pool interests, college basketball fans should root for the handful of dangerous teams who play with a combination of pace and skill that doesn’t require toothpicks to keep eyelids open. (Read More)

When it’s Kentucky vs. the field, the field is the underdog

The bracket does not feature a handful of favorites and a swath of dark horses, all jockeying for position, elbowing one another out of the way. It features Kentucky and everyone else. (Read More)

[Feinstein on regional match ups: South | West | Midwest | East]

The bracket is unveiled

The bracket has been revealed, starting with Kentucky, unsurprisingly, as the overall No. 1 seed in the Midwest. Here’s how it shakes out:


1. Kentucky vs. 16. Manhattan/Hampton
2. Kansas vs. 15. New Mexico State
3. Notre Dame vs. 14. Northeastern
4. Maryland vs. 13. Valparaiso
5. West Virginia vs. 12. Buffalo
6. Butler vs. 11. Texas
7. Wichita State vs. 10. Indiana
8. Cincinnati vs. 9. Purdue

Quick take: Kansas hangs on to a No. 2 seed despite losing in the Big 12 title game, but their reward is a spot in Kentucky’s bracket. Meanwhile, the ACC tournament champs end up as the best 3-seed, with Notre Dame getting the nod in the Midwest. In terms of early bubble talk, Purdue, Indiana and Texas ended up on the good side of the bubble. And neither the Boilermakers nor the Hoosiers came particularly close to the cutline, which is surprising.


1. Villanova vs. 16. Lafayette
2. Virginia vs. 15. Belmont
3. Oklahoma vs. 14. Albany
4. Louisville vs. 13. UC Irvine
5. Northern Iowa vs. 12. Wyoming
6. Providence vs. 11. Boise State/Dayton
7. Michigan State vs. 10. Georgia
8. North Carolina State vs. 9. LSU

Quick Take: The Cavaliers couldn’t hang on to a No. 1 seed, but they did end up a No. 2 in what looks like a navigable bracket — except for the part where they have to play Tom Izzo’s Michigan State Spartans in the second round. Boise State’s loss in the Mountain West semifinals has put them into the play-in game in Dayton … against Dayton. That seems, um, interesting. LSU was another team many thought may miss the cut, but like Purdue, they land a No. 9 seed.


1. Duke vs. 16. North Florida/Robert Morris
2. Gonzaga vs. 15. North Dakota State
3. Iowa State vs. 14. UAB
4. Georgetown vs. 13. Eastern Washington
5. Utah vs. 12. Stephen F. Austin
6. SMU vs. 11. UCLA
7. Iowa vs. 10. Davidson
8. San Diego State vs. 9. St. John’s

Quick Take: Let’s start with the UCLA Bruins … CBS analyst Doug Gottlieb said during the selection special that there’s not a reasonable person in the country who believes UCLA belongs in the bracket. He’s not too far off. The Bruins finished 5-10 against the RPI top 100. That not only got UCLA into the field, the Bruins don’t even have to play a first-four play-in game. That’s stunning. On the top half of the bracket, Duke looks like a safe bet to advance. At the bottom, a potential Iowa State-Gonzaga clash in the Sweet 16 would produce a thriller.


1. Wisconsin vs. 16. Coastal Carolina
2. Arizona vs. 15. Texas Southern
3. Baylor vs. 14. Georgia State
4. North Carolina vs. 13. Harvard
5. Arkansas vs. 12. Wofford
6. Xavier vs. 11. BYU/Ole Miss
7. VCU vs. 10. Ohio State
8. Oregon vs. 9. Oklahoma State

Quick Take: With the final region revealed, hope dies for a Murray State miracle bid. BYU and Ole Miss will get the opportunity to earn the 11-seed with the play-in game in Dayton. Wisconsin, winners of the Big Ten tournament Sunday, gets the No. 1 seed, but if everything proceeds according to seed-strength, they’ll have to top a very dangerous Arizona team in the Elite Eight.

In all, the Big 12 and the Big Ten emerge with the most bids, sporting seven apiece.

UCLA made the tournament, and no one is happy about it

This year’s utterly head-scratching decision was the inclusion of UCLA, which not only made the field despite a suspect resume, but also wasn’t even chosen as one of the four teams that will head to Dayton for the play-in games early this week. (Read More)

Dick Vitale plants a kiss on Ashley Judd with a capital ‘K

Dick Vitale got a little frisky with actress and Kentucky superfan Ashley Judd before the Wildcats’ win over Arkansas in the SEC championship game on Sunday. (Read More)

The Bubble

Sorting through Saturday’s results

See who clinched an automatic bid to the Big Dance and whether the bid thieves still lurk in the shadows of Selection Sunday’s conference championships. (Read More)

Breaking down the bubble

Who are the last teams in? First ones out? Take an in-depth look at the top candidates for an at-large bid, from the locks to the leftovers based on historical analysis. (Read More)

Visualizing the bubble

What the heck does the bubble look like? What provides its shape? See where every Top 100 RPI fits and what it means for their status in the NCAA tournament field. (Read More)

The Emoji

Get 2015 NCAA tournament emoji

Show your March Madness spirit with these mascot emoji. Find your favorite team, save the emoji to your phone and text it to your friends. Because nobody uses their words anymore. (Download Here)

Vote for the best emoji

Which ones will advance through the Post’s bracket? (Read More)

NCAA tournament Emoji: By the numbers

How many dog emoji are there? Angry icons? Find out here. (Read More)

The Tournament

Bracket Challenge 2015

Get a jump start on your pools with the Post’s bracket challenge game. Fill out a whole bracket, or pace yourself with round-by-round picks. (Read More)

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The Millers in March

Archie is a year removed from a Cinderella run with Dayton. Sean’s Arizona team is steaming towards a possible Final Four run. What will the 2015 NCAA tournament hold for the coaching brothers? (Read More)

Who’s Hooley?

Albany’s hero may already be the NCAA tournament’s best story. (Read More)

Bracket pools show NCAA’s struggle with gambling

For the next three weeks, according to gaming industry estimates, nearly 40 million Americans will gamble more than $2 billion on the outcome of a tournament featuring the nation’s best unpaid basketball players. (Read More)


The latest news and analysis on the Washington-area tournament-bound teams.

Georgetown’s Joshua Smith goes home again

The senior center will play in front of 40 friends and family members in the final NCAA tournament of his career. (Read More)

Hoyas want to put a stake through reputation

Georgetown has been knocked out of the NCAAs by double-digit seeds in their last five appearances, something they want to avoid this year. (Read More)

Eastern Washington coach guarantees win over Georgetown

Dan Bonner says Hoyas will win if they play well. (Read More)

Terps hit the road with ‘something to prove’

After being surprised with a No. 4 seed, Maryland departs for the NCAA Tournament looking to prove itself once again. (Read More)

Why is Shaka Smart still at VCU?

The answer lies in his own college experience, and in the program he has helped build in Richmond. (Read More)

Terps’ Pack enters tournament with a new look in honor of his late aunt

Maryland senior guard Richaud Pack and other members of his family dyed their hair in honor of his aunt, who passed away recently. (Read More)

Eastern Washington coach’s improbable path leads back to Georgetown

Long before even  dreamed of coaching in the NCAA tournament, Jim Hayford spent a summer studying at Georgetown, his team’s opponent on Thursday. (Read More)

Maryland can lean on three players with tourney experience

The Terrapins have made it to the tournament for the first time since 2010, but Dez Wells, Evan Smotrycz and Richaud Pack have all been there before. (Read More)

Valparaiso’s Alec Peters savors first trip to NCAA tournament

For the Crusaders’ leading scorer, a lifelong tradition comes to life Friday against Maryland. (Read More)

Key for Cavs is being consistently good, not occasionally spectacular

Did the Cavaliers quality of play really dip when they lost a couple games? Is there much to tighten up heading into the tournament? (Read More)

Local high school stars take tournament stage

The argument has often been made the D.C. metro area produces the best talent when it comes to basketball. A look at the players on the 68 teams inthis year’s NCAA Tournament field provides plenty of evidence to support that claim. (Read More)

Valparaiso ready for fresh tournament memories

Maryland’s first-round opponent and its coach’s family have a rich legacy of March theatrics. (Read More)

Maryland fans not happy with seed

Maryland fans entered Sunday’s NCAA tournament selection show feeling pretty confident in their team getting a three seed. Instead, the Terps were given a four seed, with a possible Sweet Sixteen matchup against the top overall seed, undefeated Kentucky. (Read More)

Maryland draws Valparaiso

The players didn’t jump to their feet, and instead just stared ahead at the screen as the rest of the bracket was unveiled.  (Read More)

Turgeon on tournament bid: ‘We’re ready for anything’

The coach wanted to get one thing straight: Maryland was excited to be in its first NCAA tournament in five seasons. (Read More)

Virginia comes up with a No. 2 seed

After spending most of the season ranked in the top three, a No. 2 seed stung for the program’s fans. (Read More)

Hoyas to face Eastern Washington

Members of the 23rd-ranked Georgetown men’s basketball team were re-energized upon learning Sunday night of their destination in the NCAA tournament. (Read More)

Steinberg: Maryland is onto the NCAAs

It only took a few moments for the deflated Terrapins to start talking about what happens next week after Saturday’s 62-58 loss to Michigan State in Big Ten semis. (Read More)

For Terps, Big Ten loss is a bump in the road

As much as Head Coach Mark Turgeon wanted to conquer another new challenge this weekend, he also was looking at the big picture after the team’s first loss since early February. (Read More)

Tony Bennett’s seed now in full bloom for Cavs

The coach’s approach in lifting the Cavaliers to the top of college basketball stands in contrast to other powers. (Read More)

John Thompson Jr. recovering from surgery

The Hall of Fame former Georgetown coach turned college basketball broadcaster will miss at least part of the NCAA tournament. (Read More)