NCAA tournament upset picks and updated bracket

(Greg Kletsel For The Washington Post)

The fields are set for this year’s NCAA men’s and women’s basketball tournaments. Here’s everything you need to read to get ready for March Madness.

Looking for brackets and schedules? The men’s NCAA tournament bracket can be found here, while the women’s is here.

Women’s bracket tips, news and analysis

2022 NCAA tournament: The perfect bracket to win your March Madness women’s pool

Neil Greenberg guides you to a win in your women’s tournament pool.

Big Ten has a good chance to end the conference’s NCAA women’s title drought

Six Big Ten teams are in the NCAA tournament field, and all six have a chance to make a deep run.

Stanford, full of love and grit, is on a mission to repeat

The defending champion Cardinal approach things differently than some of its top challengers.

Maryland women still looking to complete the mission after emotional season

The Terps have dealt with challenges on and off the court this season, but they aren’t finished yet.

The U-Conn. women playing near home makes the Bridgeport Region a nightmare for everyone else

Connecticut, an 11-time national champion, is a No. 2 seed, but the Huskies still have a chance to essentially host a region final.

Latest NCAA tournament news and commentary

With packed bars, noon beers and grown-ups playing hooky, March Madness is really, truly back

The easing of pandemic restrictions means we can again enjoy the social aspects of March Madness.

No. 15 seed Saint Peter’s pulls a stunner to give the NCAA tournament its first signature moment

Recap all of Thursday’s action, including the Peacocks’ shocking upset of Kentucky.

Caitlin Clark, Iowa’s savant of a point guard, is the biggest thrill in college basketball

Jerry Brewer profiles the Hawkeyes star, who’s a triple-double waiting to happen every night.

The stars will be out in Pittsburgh, from Jay Wright to Jameer Nelson Jr. to Sister Jean

John Feinstein is in Pittsburgh, where some marquee names are hanging out this weekend.

After social media shaming, NCAA tries to get gender equity right for 2022 March Madness

The NCAA is putting more emphasis on the women’s tournament, one year after it dropped the ball on multiple occasions.

‘It was a dark place’: How Virginia Tech rose from last place to the ACC title

Barry Svrluga looks at the Hokies’ long road to its first ACC tournament championship.

As Coach K’s exit nears, the storied Duke-North Carolina rivalry prepares for a seismic shift

It’ll be a new era in the ACC once Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski steps away after this season.

2022 NCAA tournament: The perfect bracket to win your March Madness men’s pool

Neil Greenberg breaks down the men’s bracket and guides you on a path to tournament pool glory.

The NBA fans’ guide to the NCAA tournament

Which NCAA players will be taking the next step? Ben Golliver looks at the NBA stars of tomorrow.

Men’s play-in games

All times Eastern.

Tuesday

No. 16 Texas Southern 76, No. 16 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 67 (Midwest)

No. 12 Indiana 66, No. 12 Wyoming 58 (East)

Wednesday

No. 16 Wright State 93, No. 16 Bryant 82 (South)

No. 11 Notre Dame 89, No. 11 Rutgers 87 (West)


First-round men’s matchups

East Region

Thursday

No. 1 Baylor 85, No. 16 Norfolk State 49

North Carolina 95, No. 9 Marquette 63

No. 15 Saint Peter’s 85, No. 2 Kentucky 79 (OT)

No. 5 Saint Mary’s 82, No. 12 Indiana 53

No. 7 Murray State 92, No. 10 San Francisco 87 (OT)

No. 4 UCLA 57, No. 13 Akron 53

Friday

2 p.m. (TBS): No. 3 Purdue vs. No. 14 Yale

4:30 p.m. (TBS): No. 6 Texas vs. No. 11 Virginia Tech

ACC champion Virginia Tech is ranked 23rd nationally in Ken Pomeroy’s ratings but received just a No. 11 seed from the selection committee. The Hokies will be a popular upset pick against a Texas team that has lost three straight and five of eight entering the tournament.

South Region

Thursday

No. 11 Michigan 75, No. 6 Colorado State 63

No. 3 Tennessee 88, No. 14 Longwood 56

Friday

12:15 p.m. (CBS): No. 7 Ohio State vs. No. 10 Loyola Chicago

2:45 p.m. (CBS): No. 2 Villanova vs. No. 15 Delaware

6:50 p.m. (TNT): No. 4 Illinois vs. No. 13 Chattanooga

7:27 p.m. (truTV): No. 1 Arizona vs. No. 16 Wright State

9:20 p.m. (TNT): No. 5 Houston vs. No. 12 UAB

9:57 p.m. (truTV): No. 8 Seton Hall vs. No. 9 TCU

With Sister Jean cheering on Loyola as usual, the Ramblers will look to take down an Ohio State team that stumbled into the tournament, losing four of its last five games. If you’re looking for a 12-5 upset pick, UAB could be worth the chance against Houston: the Blazers feature 5-foot-11 guard Jordan Walker, who has scored at least 24 points in four straight games and has two 40-point games this season.

Midwest Region

Thursday

No. 4 Providence 66, No. 13 South Dakota State 57

No. 12 Richmond 67, No. 5 Iowa 63

No. 9 Creighton 72, No. 8 San Diego State 69 (OT)

No. 1 Kansas 83, No. 16 Texas Southern 56

Friday

12:40 p.m. (truTV): No. 2 Auburn vs. No. 15 Jacksonville State

3:10 p.m. (truTV): No. 7 USC vs. No. 10 Miami

7:20 p.m. (TBS): No. 6 LSU vs. No. 11 Iowa State

9:50 p.m. (TBS): No. 3 Wisconsin vs. No. 14 Colgate

It’ll be interesting to see how LSU responds to Saturday’s firing of Coach Will Wade over what the school dubbed “serious” allegations of NCAA violations. Kevin Nickelberry, who has 12 years of head coaching experience at Hampton and Howard, will be the team’s interim head coach for the rest of the season. Colgate-Wisconsin features a great three-point shooting team vs. a bad three-point shooting team: the Red Raiders made 40.1 percent of their three-pointers this season (second nationally) while the Badgers made only 31.2 percent (291st nationally).

West Region

Thursday

No. 9 Memphis 64, No. 8 Boise State 53

No. 1 Gonzaga 93. No. 16 Georgia State 72

No. 12 New Mexico State 70, No. 5 Connecticut 63

No. 4 Arkansas 75, No. 13 Vermont 71

Friday

1:45 p.m. (TNT): No. 3 Texas Tech vs. No. 14 Montana State

4:15 p.m. (TNT): No. 6 Alabama vs. No. 11 Notre Dame

7:10 p.m. (CBS): No. 2 Duke vs. No. 15 Cal State Fullerton

9:40 p.m. (CBS): No. 7 Michigan State vs. No. 10 Davidson

The farewell tour for retiring Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski begins Friday night against Cal State Fullerton, which has allowed opponents to shoot 37.1 percent from three-point range (only Georgia State is worse among NCAA tournament teams).

Women’s play-in games

Wednesday

No. 16 Howard 55, No. 16 Incarnate Word 51 (Greensboro)

No. 11 Dayton 88, No. 11 DePaul 57 (Greensboro)

Thursday

No. 16 Longwood 74, No. 16 Mount St. Mary’s 70 (Bridgeport)

No. 11 Missouri State 61, No. 11 Florida State 50 (Spokane)

First-round women’s matchups

Greensboro Region

Friday

11:30 a.m. (ESPN2): No. 8 Miami vs. No. 9 South Florida

1:30 p.m. (ESPNews): No. 7 Colorado vs. No. 10 Creighton

2 p.m. (ESPN): No. 1 South Carolina vs. No. 16 Howard

4 p.m. (ESPN): No. 2 Iowa vs. No. 15 Illinois State

7:30 p.m. (ESPNews): No. 6 Georgia vs. No. 11 Dayton

10 p.m. (ESPNU): No. 3 Iowa State vs. No. 14 Texas Arlington

Saturday

7:30 p.m. (ESPNews): No. 5 North Carolina vs. No. 12 Stephen F. Austin

10 p.m. (ESPN2): No. 4 Arizona vs. No. 13 UNLV

South Carolina enters the NCAA tournament as the favorite to win it all, but the Gamecocks also squandered a 15-point second-half lead in their stunning SEC tournament loss to Kentucky. In the game before that one, South Carolina also allowed Mississippi to trim a 25-point second-half deficit to just eight with a few minutes left. Iowa and Iowa State could be on a collision course for a Hawkeye State clash in the Sweet 16. The Cyclones defeated the Hawkeyes in the regular season, snapping a five-game losing streak in the series.

Wichita Region

Friday

1:30 p.m. (ESPN2): No. 7 Mississippi vs. No. 10 South Dakota

3:30 p.m. (ESPNews): No. 8 Nebraska vs. No. 9 Gonzaga

4 p.m. (ESPN2): No. 2 Baylor vs. No. 15 Hawaii

6 p.m. (ESPN2): No. 1 Louisville vs. No. 16 Albany

Saturday

1 p.m. (ESPNews): No. 6 BYU vs. No. 11 Villanova

3 p.m. (ABC): No. 4 Tennessee vs. No. 13 Buffalo

3:30 p.m. (ESPN2): No. 3 Michigan vs. No. 14 American

5:30 p.m. (ESPN2): No. 5 Oregon vs. No. 12 Belmont

Top-seeded Louisville has wins over Michigan and Connecticut this season, but the Cardinals were last seen surrendering a 15-point lead over the final five minutes of their ACC tournament quarterfinal loss to Miami. Tennessee won 18 of 19 to start the season but has been wrecked by injuries, including a dislocated elbow suffered by Jordan Horston, who led the Lady Vols in scoring, rebounding and assists.

Spokane Region

Friday

2:30 (ESPNU): No. 5 Virginia Tech vs. No. 12 Florida Gulf Coast

5 p.m. (ESPNU): No. 4 Maryland vs. No. 13 Delaware

5:30 p.m. (ESPNews): No. 7 Utah vs. No. 10 Arkansas

7:30 p.m. (ESPNU): No. 8 Kansas vs. No. 9 Georgia Tech

8 p.m. (ESPN2): No. 2 Texas vs. No. 15 Fairfield

10 p.m. (ESPN2): No. 1 Stanford vs. No. 16 Montana State

Saturday

2:30 p.m. (ESPNU): No. 6 Ohio State vs. No. 11 Missouri State

5 p.m. (ESPNU): No. 3 LSU vs. No. 14 Jackson State

With all but one player back from last year’s national championship team, Stanford could again be a tough out. Haley Jones and Cameron Brink both are Naismith Award semifinalists for the Cardinal. Second-seeded Texas, which won the Big 12 tournament for the first time in 19 years, was one of only three teams to beat Stanford this season.

Bridgeport Region

Saturday

11:30 a.m. (ESPN2): No. 8 Washington State vs. No. 9 Kansas State

1 p.m. (ABC): No. 2 Connecticut vs. No. 15 Mercer

1:30 p.m. (ESPN2): No. 3 Indiana vs. No. 14 Charlotte

2 p.m. (ESPN): No. 1 North Carolina State vs. No. 16 Longwood

3:30 p.m. (ESPNews): No. 7 UCF vs. No. 10 Florida

4 p.m. (ESPN): No. 6 Kentucky vs. No. 11 Princeton

7:30 p.m. (ESPN2): No. 5 Notre Dame vs. No. 12 Massachusetts

10 p.m. (ESPNU): No. 4 Oklahoma vs. No. 13 IUPUI

Connecticut isn’t a No. 1 seed but won’t have to travel far: The Huskies will open the NCAA tournament at home and then will play about 80 miles from campus in Bridgeport should they make the Sweet 16. The Huskies were buoyed by the late-season return of Paige Bueckers, the 2020-21 national player of the year who missed more than 10 weeks recovering from a knee injury suffered in December. Bueckers still does not seem to be at 100 percent yet, however.

What to read about college basketball

Men’s bracket | Women’s bracket

Way-too-early top 25: Kentucky, North Carolina, Houston, Gonzaga, Arkansas and Duke should be in the mix again next season.

Rock Chalk, Jayhawk: Kansas forged the biggest comeback in the 83 championship games to date to beat North Carolina and win the men’s national title.

Gamecocks dominate: The women’s national championship is officially heading back to Columbia, S.C., for the second time in program history after a wire-to-wire 64-49 victory by South Carolina over Connecticut.

Mike Krzyzewski’s last game: Coach K’s career ends with joy and agony in college basketball Armageddon.

One day, two title games: A decade after Title IX, a battle for control of women’s basketball split loyalties and produced two national champions.

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