March Madness 2014 Bracket: Where to Download Printable Bracket

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March Madness 2014 Bracket: Where to Download Printable Bracket
Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

March Madness is officially here, which means millions of people will be printing out brackets and filling them out.

Luckily for those millions of people, we here at Bleacher Report have provided a printable bracket for the NCAA tournament.

With just a few days to fill out brackets, below are all of the essentials you need to print them out, get live updates on the tournament and play Bleacher Report's free bracket challenge, followed by some of the top storylines heading into the opening week of play.

 

All Your Bracket Essentials

 

You can view the official NCAA bracket here

 

Wichita State Looking to Survive Midwest Region

At 34-0, the Wichita State Shockers are the first team in 23 years to enter the NCAA tournament with an undefeated record, but they're going to have a lot of work to do in arguably the toughest region.

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While they may be coming out of the Missouri Valley Conference, the Shockers were undefeated because they're a legitimate title contender, boasting a strong offense and defense. They were especially tough defensively, allowing just 59.6 points per game, with opponents shooting just 39.2 percent from the floor.

However, making it out of the Midwest region isn't going to be easy. Along with teams like the Duke Blue Devils, Michigan Wolverines and Louisville Cardinals, the Shockers might even have to play the talented Kentucky Wildcats in the third round.

Wichita State played just one ranked team this season in the St. Louis Billikens, and the Wildcats could potentially give them trouble.

With a tough potential journey to the Final Four, Mike Foss from USA Today points out that the Shockers and their fans should embrace the tough path, saying:

Wichita State should embrace the draw and celebrate the path ahead. The fact of it is, no one has an easy road, even if you’re the first undefeated team in the tournament since 1991. Either the Shockers are legitimate contender, capable of repeating a trip to the Final Four regardless of the field, or they’re a bloated mid-major (See: Bulldogs, Gonzaga).

To be the best, you have to beat the best. Wichita State has the rare opportunity to back up their seeding early and often in this tournament. That’s something to celebrate, not bemoan.

The Shockers have tons of talent with players like Cleanthony Early and Ron Baker, but they will need to take down more than a few big names to prove that they were worthy of earning a No. 1 seed.

 

AAC Doesn't Get Any Love

The American Athletic conference is filled with talented teams, but they didn't get much love from the committee that was in charge of putting the bracket together.

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The Cardinals, who were the defending national champions, are currently ranked No. 5 in the latest AP poll. But the committee didn't feel like they had earned a No. 1 or even a No. 2 seed, giving them a No. 4 in the Midwest region.

For a team that has star players like Russ Smith and Montrezl Harrell with an offense that puts up 82.1 points a game, that seems a bit crazy.

A number of people were shocked by the seeding, including ESPN's Myron Medcalf.

The Cincinnati Bearcats and Connecticut Huskies are also ranked in the Top 25 at No. 15 and No. 18, but they were given just No. 5 and No. 7 seeds in the East region. The Memphis Tigers earned a No. 8 seed, while the SMU Mustangs, who had the same record as Memphis, weren't even selected.

The AAC may not be getting a lot of love this year after bringing in multiple former Big East teams, but if the teams selected in the tournament make deep runs, then they might start getting some respect in later years.

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