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:
Dana O'Neil @ESPNDanaOneil
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 all3/17/2013, 4:54:19 PM
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:
Erik Boland @eboland11
Among the best things about Selection Sunday: No longer having to read or hear the projections of any "bracketologist."3/17/2013, 6:00:56 PM
CBS Sports' Jeff Goodman points out that Louisville certainly has momentum heading into the tournament as the top overall seed:
Jeff Goodman @GoodmanESPN
Louisville gets No. 1 overall seed. Who would have thought back a month or so ago?3/17/2013, 10:01:23 PM
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:
Yahoo! Sports' Charles Robinson notes that the teams in the Midwest region have an extremely tough task ahead of them:
Charles Robinson @CharlesRobinson
Midwest bracket. Yikes. Tough.3/17/2013, 10:09:08 PM
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:
El Flaco @bomani_jones
we've got ucla-minnesota in the "one of these coaches might get fired after the game" special.3/17/2013, 10:16:13 PM
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:
Stewart Mandel @slmandel
There's a six-seed difference between UCLA and Oregon? Really?3/17/2013, 10:16:21 PM
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:
Tom Dienhart @BTNTomDienhart
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.3/17/2013, 10:16:23 PM
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:
Eric Prisbell @EricPrisbell
I've got Miami in Final Four out of that region. Looking forward to seeing 'Canes in Austin.3/17/2013, 10:26:23 PM
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:
Dan Levy @DanLevyThinks
Wisconsin Ole Miss...hahahaha3/17/2013, 10:30:40 PM
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:
mike freeman @mikefreemanNFL
I'm picking Tebow to make the Final Four.3/17/2013, 10:54:30 PM
Looking for more expert predictions? ESPN stat guru John Hollinger wasted no time in sharing his Final Four picks:
John Hollinger @johnhollinger
Ohio St., Indiana, Louisville and Florida. Mark it down.3/17/2013, 10:42:16 PM
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!3/17/2013, 10:46:52 PM
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.
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