On conference championship Sunday, the NCAA tournament field of 68 will finally be set. The selection committee will reward the teams it feels have done the most during the regular season by giving them the right to compete for a championship.
With the madness of March just getting started, everyone around the country is starting to put together brackets in their head to figure out who is going where, what teams will be the No. 1 seeds, who will be the top overall seed and where is Cinderella in this year's dance?
In anticipation of Sunday's official announcement of the 2013 NCAA tournament field, here is where you can find a printable bracket to fill in as the word comes out. We'll also look at potential No. 1 seeds in the field.
Where to Download the NCAA Tournament Bracket
Predicting the No. 1 Seeds in the NCAA Tournament
Indiana (No. 1 overall seed)
Even though the Hoosiers had a hiccup in the Big Ten tournament against a very good and underrated Wisconsin squad, Tom Crean's bunch has been the best team in college basketball all season and won the regular-season Big Ten title.
The committee looks at what you have done lately, but there is something to be said about winning what many say is the toughest conference in America during the regular season. Don't punish their terrific season because they had one bad day.
I am not as high on Gonzaga as the polls are, because the Bulldogs didn't beat anyone of real substance during the regular season. Their biggest wins came against Kansas State, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State.
But I am also not naive enough to think that the committee will push them down to a No. 2 or 3 when they are currently ranked No. 1 in the AP Poll.
While we still have to see the bracket and teams in the regions, I would put money on Gonzaga being the first No. 1 seed to lose this year.
The battle for the last two No. 1 seeds got a little clearer when Louisville put together that great run in the second half of the Big East championship to knock off Syracuse. The Cardinals have run hot and cold at times this season, but the body of work warrants a top seed.
Kansas has a really strong claim to the fourth No. 1 seed—and if the Jayhawks got it, you really couldn't complain—but Duke gets a slight edge for one reason, despite its loss to Maryland in the ACC tournament.
If you want to judge a team on how much it has been tested, the first thing you look at is the strength of schedule. Duke played the toughest schedule in the country this season, did so without its best player (Ryan Kelly) for two months and went 27-5.
Kansas was 30th in strength of schedule, won the Big 12 tournament and went 29-5. However, the Jayhawks also lost to TCU and Baylor. The former loss is far worse than any loss Duke had this season.
There comes a point when you have to honor the body of work.
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