The regular season is over. The conference tournaments are over. We can now put all of the bracketology talk behind us and begin scouring the Field of 68 for our sleepers, overrated giants and Final Four picks.
That's not to say the last four months of college hoops haven't been magical. They have been so much more.
Upsets, buzzer-beaters and scintillating moments have defined the 2012-13 season, and even the biggest critics of the sport couldn't have asked for much more.
But now that Selection Sunday is in the books and the bracket is officially official, the best week—with all due respect to the thrilling championship week that just came to an end—of the sports year is about to begin.
Let's take a closer look at the entire field of lucky participants of the madness.
|(1) Louisville||vs.||(16) North Carolina A&T/Liberty||Rupp Arena||Lexington, Ky.|
|(8) Colorado State||vs.||(9) Missouri||Rupp Arena||Lexington, Ky.|
|(5) Oklahoma State||vs.||(12) Oregon||HP Pavilion||San Jose, Calif.|
|(4) Saint Louis||vs.||(13) New Mexico State||HP Pavilion||San Jose, Calif.|
|(6) Memphis||vs.||(11) Middle Tennessee/St. Mary's||The Palace||Auburn Hills, Mich|
|(3) Michigan State||vs.||(14) Valparaise||The Palace||Auburn Hills, Mich.|
|(7) Creighton||vs.||(10) Cincinnati||Wells Fargo Center||Philadelphia|
|(2) Duke||vs.||(15) Albany||Wells Fargo Center||Philadelphia|
South (North Texas)
|(1) Kansas||vs.||(16) Western Kentucky||Sprint Center||Kansas City, Mo.|
|(8) North Carolina||vs.||(9) Villanova||Sprint Center||Kansas City, Mo.|
|(5) VCU||vs.||(12) Akron||The Palace of Auburn Hills||Auburn Hills, Mich.|
|(4) Michigan||vs.||(13) South Dakota State||The Palace of Auburn Hills||Auburn Hills, Mich.|
|(6) UCLA||vs.||(11) Minnesota||Frank Erwin Center||Austin, Texas|
|(3) Florida||vs.||(14) Northwestern State||Frank Erwin Center||Austin, Texas|
|(7) San Diego State||vs.||(10) Oklahoma||Wells Fargo Center||Philadelphia|
|(2) Georgetown||vs.||(15) Florida Gulf Coast||Wells Fargo Center||Philadelphia|
East (Washington, D.C.)
|(1) Indiana||vs.||(16) LIU Brooklyn/James Madison||UD Arena||Dayton, Ohio|
|(8) NC State||vs.||(9) Temple||UD Arena||Dayton, Ohio|
|(5) UNLV||vs.||(12) California||HP Pavilion||San Jose, Calif.|
|(4) Syracuse||vs.||(13) Montana||HP Pavilion||San Jose, Calif.|
|(6) Butler||vs.||(11) Bucknell||Rupp Arena||Lexington, Ky.|
|(3) Marquette||vs.||(14) Davidson||Rupp Arena||Lexington, Ky.|
|(7) Illinois||vs.||(10) Colorado||Frank Erwin Center||Austin, Texas|
|(2) Miami||vs.||(15) Pacific||Frank Erwin Center||Austin, Texas|
West (Los Angeles)
|(1) Gonzaga||vs.||(16) Southern||EnergySolutions Arena||Salt Lake City, Utah|
|(8) Pittsburgh||vs.||(9) Wichita State||EnergySolutions Arena||Salt Lake City, Utah|
|(5) Wisconsin||vs.||(12) Ole Miss||Sprint Center||Kansas City, Mo.|
|(4) Kansas State||vs.||(13) Boise State/La Salle||Sprint Center ||Kansas City, Mo.|
|(6) Arizona||vs.||(11) Belmont||EnergySolutions Arena||Salt Lake City, Utah|
|(3) New Mexico||vs.||(14) Harvard||EnergySolutions Arena||Salt Lake City, Utah|
|(7) Notre Dame||vs.||(10) Iowa State||UD Arena||Dayton, Ohio|
|(2) Ohio State||vs.||(15) Iona||UD Arena||Dayton, Ohio|
The show started with a bit of shock when Pac-12 tourney champ Oregon was given a 12 seed. CBS Sports' Jeff Borzello noted that might have been a potentially unexpected snub:
He also suggested the injury to point guard Dominic Artis, who hasn't played as well since returning in late February, might have had something to do with it:
Grantland's Shane Ryan realized some bad news for Duke: The Midwest is stacked:
Jonathan Givony of Draft Express looked forward to a potential NBA-caliber individual matchup out of the South:
Rush the Court's Walker Carey noted an interesting discrepancy:
USA Today's Nicole Auerbach gave us a recap of the bubble teams that missed out on a bid:
Some of the bubble teams that made it include Middle Tennessee, St. Mary's, Boise State and La Salle. Did the right teams make it? Who has the easiest path to Atlanta? The toughest? Make sure to let us know.
Make your picks for the 2013 NCAA tournament here with the Bracket Challenge Game