Printable March Madness Bracket 2013: Complete NCAA Tournament Guide

Alex Kay@AlexPKayCorrespondent IMarch 18, 2013

Mar 17, 2013; Greensboro, NC, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels guard/forward Reggie Bullock (35) with the ball as Miami (Fl) Hurricanes guard Rion Brown (15) defends in the first half during the championship game of the ACC tournament at Greensboro Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports
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After an action-packed Selection Sunday, the field is set for the 2013 NCAA tournament. As usual, it looks to be an exciting affair with a number of participants that have a real chance to win it all—and plenty of underdog teams looking primed to shock the world with at least one massive upset.

If you’re a bit overwhelmed by all the information floating around concerning March Madness, don’t fret, as we have you covered.

Need a printable bracket? It’s here. Want to know a place to pit your bracket up against your friends and strangers online? Bleacher Report can do that for you. Have to know where to watch all the games and where they take place? Keep on reading.

This is a comprehensive guide to the Big Dance and should answer any questions you have about the most thrilling event in college sports.


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Toughest Region: Midwest

This is by far the most dangerous section of the bracket.

The No. 1 overall seeded Louisville Cardinals were “rewarded” by having Duke, Michigan State, Oklahoma State, Saint Louis, Memphis and Creighton placed in their region.

These teams are excellent, with each one being ranked in the Top 25 at the end of the regular season in the AP poll. Even the lower seeds—notably Missouri, Oregon, Cincinnati and Colorado State—were ranked at one point during the 2012-13 campaign.

It would have been completely reasonable to have picked a Final Four that included Louisville, Duke and Michigan State prior to Selection Sunday, but the committee is now forcing fans to select just one to navigate through this treacherous section.


Potential Cinderella: Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders

Speaking of the Midwest region, our top Cinderella candidate happens to reside there as one of the teams participating in the “First Four.”

The Blue Raiders will be taking on the St. Mary’s (CA) Gaels for a chance to earn a No. 11 seed in the tournament and face Memphis in the Round of 64.

While the Tigers and Gaels are certainly not slouches, we believe Middle Tennessee is a severely underrated team that can hang with anyone in the nation.

This squad finished with an RPI of 28, the sixth-toughest non-conference strength of schedule, a 7-4 record against Top-150 RPI opponents, a 19-1 record in the Sun Belt and a 28-5 overall finish to the 2012-13 campaign.

If you had looked at that resume without knowing which team it belonged to, you would think it was a shoo-in for the tourney and possibly a top-five seed. For that reason, we have the Blue Raiders advancing until the Round of 32, putting up a great fight against Michigan State and possibly even upsetting the Spartans in an epic battle.


Predicted Winner: Gonzaga

There’s been a big public backlash against the Bulldogs for earning a No. 1 seed based on their body of work, but this program deserves it and could easily win the entire tournament this year.

In fact, they are our pick to cut down the nets in Atlanta this April.

Kelly Olynyk leads the team as a beastly low-post scorer and rebounder, while senior Elias Harris helps form one of the best frontcourt tandems in the entire country. Guards Kevin Pangos and Gary Bell Jr. can stretch the floor and make the three-pointers necessary to put teams away and come back from any sort of deficit the ‘Zags may fall into during March Madness.

Couple that with an easy road to the Final Four in the West reigion—No. 2 seeded Ohio State is the biggest threat to their chances—and you have a recipe for success in the 2013 NCAA tournament.



First Round (truTV)

March 19-20

UD Arena (Dayton, Ohio)


Second Round/Third Round (CBS, TBS, TNT, truTV)

March 21, 23

The Palace of Auburn Hills (Auburn Hills, Mich.)

Rupp Arena (Lexington, Ky.)

EnergySolutions Arena (Salt Lake City, Utah)

HP Pavilion (San Jose, Calif.)


March 22, 24

Frank Erwin Center (Austin, Texas)

UD Arena (Dayton, Ohio)

Sprint Center (Kansas City, Mo.)

Wells Fargo Center (Philadelphia, Pa.)


East Regional (CBS, TBS)

March 28, 30

Verizon Center (Washington D.C.)


West Regional (CBS, TBS)

March 28, 30

Staples Center (Los Angeles, Calif.)


Midwest Regional (CBS, TBS)

March 29, 31

Lucas Oil Stadium (Indianapolis, Ind.)


South Regional (CBS, TBS)

March 29, 31

Cowboys Stadium (Arlington, Texas)


National Semifinals (CBS) 

April 6

Georgia Dome (Atlanta, Ga.)


Championship Game (CBS)

April 8

Georgia Dome (Atlanta, Ga.)


Midwest Regional

No. 1 Louisville vs. No. 16 NCAT/LIB

No. 8 Colorado State vs. No. 9 Missouri

No. 5 Oklahoma State vs. No. 12 Oregon

No. 4 SLU vs. No. 13 New Mexico State

No. 6 Memphis vs. No. 11 MTU/SMC

No. 3 Michigan State vs. No. 14 Valparaiso

No. 7 Creighton vs. No. 10 Cincinnati

No. 2 Duke vs. No. 15 Albany


South Regional

No. 1 Kansas vs. No. 16 Western Kentucky

No. 8 North Carolina vs. No. 9 Villanova

No. 5 VCU vs. No. 12 Akron

No. 4 Michigan vs. No. 13 South Dakota State

No. 6 UCLA vs. No. 11 Minnesota

No. 3 Florida vs. No. 14 Northwestern State

No. 7 San Diego State vs. No. 10 Oklahoma 

No. 2 Georgetown vs. No. 15 Florida Gulf Coast


East Regional

No. 1 Indiana vs. No. 16 LIU/JMU

No. 8 NC State vs. No. 9 Temple

No. 5 UNLV vs. No. 12 Cal

No. 4 Syracuse vs. No. 13 Montana

No. 6 Butler vs. No. 11 Bucknell

No. 3 Marquette vs. No. 14 Davidson

No. 7 Illinois vs. No. 10 Colorado

No. 2 Miami (FL) vs. No. 15 Pacific


West Regional

No. 1 Gonzaga vs. No. 16 Southern

No. 8 Pittsburgh vs. No. 9 Wichita State

No. 5 Wisconsin vs. No. 12 Mississippi

No. 4 Kansas State vs. No. 13 BSU/LAS

No. 6 Arizona vs. No. 11 Belmont

No. 3 New Mexico vs. No. 14 Harvard

No. 7 Notre Dame vs. No. 10 Iowa State

No. 2 Ohio State vs. No. 15 Iona


Be sure to download a printable NCAA bracket and check out Bleacher Report's live bracket.

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