The 2019 NCAA tournament is finally here. Click here for all the scores and updates from the first full day of action.
Below is The Post’s pre-tournament bracket analysis and news.
2019 NCAA tournament bracket and history
Click on each matchup for more on each school’s tournament history and how similar seeds have fared in the past. Come back throughout the month for updated results. (Read more)
Get caught up on every squad in the 68-team field, and check out their student ID cards. (Read more)
Bracket tips and analysis
If you want a sure thing in your men’s NCAA tournament pool, you’ll need to fill out the 9,223,372,036,854,775,808 brackets necessary to guarantee a winner. Or you could just use this blend of value picks and projected winners to claim your office pool. (Read more)
Who are college basketball’s top analysts taking to reach the Final Four? Here’s a roundup of their picks, which will update all week. (Read more)
New to your pool? Dive in to our entry-level tips to help pull the office upset they’ll talk about all year long. (Read more)
Nearly 40 percent of entrants in ESPN’s tournament challenge have the Blue Devils winning the tournament. That makes them a terrible choice. (Read more)
To win your bracket pool, you’ll likely have to pick the champion correctly. Here are the four teams that are the most likely winners based on total efficiency, a historically reliable indicator. (Read more)
Not all roads to the Final Four are paved evenly, and oddly, the bracket’s top overall seed has the most challenging path path to Minneapolis. (Read more)
It used to be standard procedure to pick a 12 seed to win in the first round. But 11 seeds are the new stars. Here are the 11 seeds to watch this year. (Read more)
How likely is it for a No. 16 seed to beat a No. 1 seed? And which No. 16 seed has the best shot this year? (Read more)
It’s not just about spotting potential upsets, it’s finding ones that will give you the most value in your bracket pool. Neil Greenberg’s proprietary analysis does exactly that. (Read more)
The bracket’s best teams seem unusually strong this season, but they’re not invulnerable. Here are a few with red flags that could make them more likely to lose before their seeding says they should. (Read more)
According to an American Gaming Association survey, 47 million Americans will wager $8.5 billion on the NCAA tournament this year, and while more than half of that astounding sum will be wagered via bracket pools, $3.9 billion will be bet on the games themselves via a sportsbook (either in person or online), through a bookie or with a friend. Here are some tips for that latter crowd. (Read more)
The selection committee has pieced together the bracket, and we’ll start with the East Region.
No. 1 Duke vs. No. 16 N.C. Central/North Dakota State
No. 8 VCU vs. No. 9 UCF
No. 4 Virginia Tech vs. No. 13 Saint Louis
No. 5 Mississippi State vs. No. 12 Liberty
No. 3 LSU vs. No. 14 Yale
No. 6 Maryland vs. No. 11 Belmont/Temple
No. 7 Louisville vs. No. 10 Minnesota
No. 2 Michigan State vs. No. 15 Bradley
Duke secures the tournament’s No. 1 overall seed, but the real stories here revolve around Michigan State and Belmont. Michigan State was considered to have a decent chance at landing a No. 1 seed of its own after topping Michigan for the Big Ten tournament title just before the selection special, but instead falls to a No. 2. That the Spartans are sitting on the second line isn’t that surprising, but it’s pretty brutal that they’ll have to go through Duke to reach the Final Four.
Belmont fell to Murray State in the Ohio Valley Conference tournament and was no lock to make the field as an at-large team. Now, as one of the last four teams in, the Bruins will get a chance to show their mettle in the tournament in the play-in game. They could be a trendy upset pick if they can prevail over Temple.
No. 1 Virginia vs. No. 16 Gardner-Webb
No. 8 Ole Miss vs. No. 9 Oklahoma
No. 4 Kansas State vs. No. 13 UC Irvine
No. 5 Wisconsin vs. No. 12 Oregon
No. 3 Purdue vs. No. 14 Old Dominion
No. 6 Villanova vs. No. 11 Saint Mary’s
No. 7 Cincinnati vs. No. 10 Iowa
No. 2 Tennessee vs. No. 15 Colgate
Tennessee as a No. 2 seed pretty much assured that North Carolina would get a No. 1 seed, which will made the ACC the second conference to ever secure three-quarters of the tournament’s top seeds. The Big East was the first to do so in 2009.
This is also a region ripe with conference tournament champions, including Cincinnati, which somehow gets to play in Columbus. Tennessee is a very good team, but that’s not a super desirable matchup for the Vols, playing just a few hours from the Bearcats’ campus.
No. 1 North Carolina vs. No. 16 Iona
No. 8 Utah State vs. No. 9 Washington
No. 4 Kansas vs. No. 13 Northeastern
No. 5 Auburn vs. No. 12 New Mexico State
No. 3 Houston vs. No. 14 Georgia State
No. 6 Iowa State vs. No. 11 Ohio State
No. 7 Wofford vs. No. 10 Seton Hall
No. 2 Kentucky vs. No. 15 Abilene Christian
Hello, blue bloods. North Carolina may have its No. 1 seed, but it will not have an easy path. Kansas is not as strong as it was at the start of the season, but nearly won the Big 12 despite key personnel losses. And of course Kentucky sits on the No. 2 line.
Don’t sleep on the Northeastern Huskies, who can light it up from three-point range and have one of the most efficient offenses in the nation. They could upset the depleted Jayhawks in the opening round.
Houston remains a bit of a mystery and Iowa State could be a trendy upset pick to advance to the Sweet 16 over a team that faltered in the American conference tournament against Cincinnati.
No. 1 Gonzaga vs. No. 16 Fairleigh Dickinson/Prairie View A&M
No. 8 Syracuse vs. No. 9 Baylor
No. 4 Florida State vs. No. 13 Vermont
No. 5 Marquette vs. No. 12 Murray State
No. 3 Texas Tech vs. No. 14 Northern Kentucky
No. 6 Buffalo vs. No. 11 Arizona State/St. John’s
No. 7 Nevada vs. No. 10 Florida
No. 2 Michigan vs. No. 15 Montana
On first glance, this is the region of death. Buffalo and Nevada are going to be really tough outs and Marquette can be very good on its best day. Could that be good enough to topple Gonzaga, as Saint Mary’s did in the WCC tournament final? Let’s not get ahead of ourselves, but it will be fun to watch the Golden Eagles’ Marcus Howard (25 ppg) against the Racers’ Ja Morant (24.6 ppg) in the first round.
Overall, the Big Ten landed the most bids with eight, followed by the ACC and SEC with seven apiece.
Latest men’s NCAA tournament news and commentary
The most notable headlines heading into the tournament’s first tip.
The Blue Devils used words like “instincts” and “smart” repeatedly when describing the freshman star’s ability to affect games not just with highlight dunks, but with more subtle plays. (Read more)
NBA fans, pay attention: Duke freshman sensation Zion Williamson leads a class that also includes teammate R.J. Barrett, Murray State’s Ja Morant, and North Carolina’s Coby White. (Read more)
The Wolf Pack program is built on grit and resourcefulness that has made a college basketball a destination in a town that’s the butt of many jokes. (Read more)
The one-and-done era has counterintuitively opened the door for some true March Madness. (Read more)
How did the NCAA’s newest metric play out on Selection Sunday? Pretty similar to the late, unlamented RPI, though quantity of losses seem to factor more in the committee’s selections. (Read more)
The ESPN icon raged about exploited players and the omission of smaller schools from the tournament field. (Read more)
There were some high-profile teams with big wins left out of the field of 68. (Read more)
The Terrapins scored a No. 6 seed, but won’t know their opponent for a little longer. (Read more)
The Cavaliers will look for redemption, once again positioned as a top seed. (Read more)
The Virginia Tech men’s basketball team continued an unprecedented run of success under Coach Buzz Williams by securing a berth in the NCAA tournament for a program-record third straight season when the field of 68 was announced Sunday. (Read more)