Selection Sunday 2013: Complete Viewing Guide for Bracket Release Show

Tim DanielsFeatured ColumnistMarch 17, 2013

BLOOMINGTON, IN - NOVEMBER 27:  Cody Zeller #40 of the Indiana Hoosiers celebrates during the game against the North Carolina Tar Heels at Assembly Hall on November 27, 2012 in Bloomington, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Selection Sunday is one of the most unique days on the sports calendar. There are so many different scenarios at play. From top contenders looking for a No. 1 seed to sleepers seeking a favorable draw and other teams simply hoping to get in the big dance, there are wide-ranging emotions.

It's a spectacle that really helps set the tone for the NCAA tournament, an event that moves at a feverish pitch for the first week and eventually crowns the national champion. The journey starts today for the 68 squads lucky enough to earn a berth.

The entire process is also exciting for fans, of course. From those rooting for a particular team to everybody playing in a bracket pool, Selection Sunday is special.

Here's a look at all the key information to watch the bracket get released, followed by some storylines to follow.


When: Sunday, March 17, at 6 p.m. ET

Watch: CBS

Live Stream: March Madness Live

Bracket: Download Printable NCAA Bracket


Key Storylines

Which Teams Will Secure the Top Seeds?

As it stands now, there are five teams with strong cases for a No. 1 seed. Louisville, Indiana, Duke, Gonzaga and Kansas are the main contenders. Miami can join the group with a victory over North Carolina in the ACC title game.

The Cardinals and Hoosiers should be locks. Both squads have extremely strong résumés after impressive regular-season showings. The Bulldogs should also be on the top line as long as the committee doesn't place a major emphasis on the fact they play outside a power conference.

That leaves one spot available, likely to get decided by the trio of Duke, Kansas and potentially Miami. The edge should go to the Blue Devils based on their top-ranked strength of schedule and the absence of a truly bad loss.


Which Bubble Teams Earned Spots in the Field?

There are some notable teams on the bubble. The group includes last year's national champion, Kentucky, as well as Tennessee, Virginia and Ole Miss. Other less-prominent programs like Boise State and La Salle are hoping their accomplishments are enough to sneak in.

These are the toughest decisions the committee must make. While the top seeds, and seeding as a whole, is important, at least those teams get a chance to win games and move on. Deciding which teams don't get in at all isn't easy.

Ultimately, the defending champs from Kentucky probably didn't do enough to get in, especially considering their struggles without Nerlens Noel. Otherwise, there are plenty of toss-ups that will force a lot of people to the edge of their seats when the selection show starts.


Where Do Sleeper Contenders Land in the Bracket?

Everybody will be trying to figure out which teams from outside the top group of seeds can make a run to the Final Four. After all, it's been a season highlighted by numerous upsets, making it seem like there will be at least one surprise team in Atlanta.

A lot will depend on how the bracket falls. A couple things to watch are which teams are able to avoid Indiana and Louisville, the perceived top two teams, how far they have to travel for the first few rounds and if they can avoid a difficult draw for the opening game.

One team that's capable of making some noise if those three factors fall in its favor is Saint Louis. The Billikens are playing VCU for the Atlantic 10 title today, which could help bolster their seed and give the defense-first squad a chance to make a serious run.