The madness is back as brackets and matchups have been announced for the 2014 NCAA tournament.
Following one of the most unpredictable regular seasons, followed by an insane conference championship week, the NCAA tournament has a lot to live up to. Given all that we know, and don't know, about college basketball in 2014, there will be no shortage of drama in the Big Dance.
Here is a look at the brackets that were released on Sunday night, featuring all 68 NCAA tournament matchups.
About the only thing that can be said with absolute certainty is the Florida Gators are really good. Everyone else has at least one notable flaw that can be exploited in the right matchup. Even undefeated Wichita State has its critics for not facing high-caliber competition en route to its perfect season.
Whatever happens, we are going to be here watching the whole thing and telling you what it means.
|First round: March 18-19|
|Second round: March 20-21|
|Third round: March 22-23|
|Regional semifinals: March 27-28|
|Regional finals: March 29-30|
|Final Four: April 5|
|National championship: April 7|
All first-round games will be broadcast on truTV, starting at 6:30 p.m. ET on March 18 and 19. All second- and third-round games will be broadcast on CBS, TBS, TNT and truTV beginning on Thursday, March 20.
All 67 NCAA tournament games can be streamed online at NCAA.com by clicking here and on your mobile device by downloading the March Madness Live app.
What makes this year's bracket so fascinating isn't the teams at the top but the fall from grace for schools that looked like locks to be playing on the second weekend just one month ago.
Syracuse started the season 25-0 and was all but assured a No. 1 seed. Then the Orange ended the season by losing five of their last seven games, including their first ACC tournament game to North Carolina State in a 66-63 thriller.
The other team that is entering the tournament with a whimper is St. Louis, which climbed as high as No. 10 in the AP Top 25. The Billikens lost three straight games from February 27 to March 5 and had their hearts ripped out by St. Bonaventure in the A-10 quarterfinals.
The uncertainty is all part of the drama that makes March so great.
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