The field for the 2013 NCAA tournament has been released, and social media are buzzing with predictions, outrage and excitement.
Louisville, Kansas, Indiana and Gonzaga were awarded the top seeds in the competition, and pressure will start steadily building for these powerhouses to perform. Each of these programs will be desperately trying to avoid an early upset.
The sleepers now know the task that lies ahead, and these Cinderellas are ready to start dancing in glass slippers.
The play-in games start Tuesday, and the round of 64 kicks off on Thursday.
Now, here are the best tweets reacting to this year's field.
ESPN's Dana O'Neil reminded us that there is no shortage of reasons to celebrate on this fine Sunday:
Daughter can't understand how Selection Sunday can be on a holiday, St. Patrick's Day. Told her Selection Sunday is a holiday too. Enjoy all— Dana O'Neil (@ESPNDanaOneil) March 17, 2013
Releasing the field brought relief to the bubble teams that got in, but as Newsday's Erik Boland notes, it will also give sports fans a break from one pervasive made-up term for the rest of the year:
Among the best things about Selection Sunday: No longer having to read or hear the projections of any "bracketologist."— Erik Boland (@eboland11) March 17, 2013
CBS Sports' Jeff Goodman points out that Louisville certainly has momentum heading into the tournament as the top overall seed:
Louisville gets No. 1 overall seed. Who would have thought back a month or so ago?— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanCBS) March 17, 2013
The selection committee did not feel that Duke deserved a No. 1 seed. As ESPN Stats & Info notes, this does not bode well for the Blue Devils' chances:
Duke is a No. 2 seed. Since 1995, all of Duke's Final Four appearances have been as a No. 1 seed.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) March 17, 2013
Yahoo! Sports' Charles Robinson notes that the teams in the Midwest region have an extremely tough task ahead of them:
Midwest bracket. Yikes. Tough.— Charles Robinson (@CharlesRobinson) March 17, 2013
Around the Horn regular and host of The Evening Jones Bomani Jones reminds college basketball fans of the stakes riding on the UCLA vs. Minnesota matchup:
we've got ucla-minnesota in the "one of these coaches might get fired after the game" special.— Bomani Jones (@bomani_jones) March 17, 2013
It wouldn’t be Selection Sunday without some feelings of indignation toward the selection committee. Sports Illustrated’s Stewart Mandel was unhappy with how the Pac-12 teams were seeded:
There's a six-seed difference between UCLA and Oregon? Really?— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) March 17, 2013
But regardless of the criticism toward the seeding, the Big Ten Network’s Tom Dienhart points out the bright side: This playoff system is substantially better than the one college football uses:
I don't care what any college grid coach says, Just being a part of today is WAY better than playing in, say, the New Mexico Bowl.— Tom Dienhart (@BTNTomDienhart) March 17, 2013
It’s time to start making picks! USA Today’s Eric Prisbell kicked things off, and he was clearly impressed with Miami’s run to the ACC title:
I've got Miami in Final Four out of that region. Looking forward to seeing 'Canes in Austin.— Eric Prisbell (@EricPrisbell) March 17, 2013
Those looking for a matchup between two teams that are polar opposites have it in the West region where Wisconsin will be taking on Ole Miss. All Bleacher Report’s Dan Levy could do at the thought of this was laugh:
Wisconsin Ole Miss...hahahaha— Dan Levy (@DanLevyThinks) March 17, 2013
With all the upsets in college basketball this year, making predictions is going to be extremely difficult. But CBS Sports' Mike Freeman has a foolproof strategy:
I'm picking Tebow to make the Final Four.— mike freeman (@realfreemancbs) March 17, 2013
Looking for more expert predictions? ESPN stat guru John Hollinger wasted no time in sharing his Final Four picks:
Ohio St., Indiana, Louisville and Florida. Mark it down.— John Hollinger (@johnhollinger) March 17, 2013
SportsCenter gave a tip of the hat to its resident bracketologist, Joe Lunardi, and he should be expecting a “Welcome to the club” message from Nate Silver:
Kudos to our Bracketologist @espnlunardi - who went 68-for-68 with his selections, getting all the No. 1 & No. 2 seeds correct. Well done!— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) March 17, 2013
Buckle up sports fans, March Madness is here.
Check out this printable bracket and one that will be updated throughout the competition.
Make your picks for the 2013 NCAA tournament here with the Bracket Challenge Game.