Selection Sunday 2017: Live Stream, TV Coverage for Bracket Announcement

Paul KasabianSenior ContributorMarch 11, 2017

Gonzaga's Nigel Williams-Goss cuts down a piece of the net after defeating Saint Mary's in an NCAA college basketball game during the championship of the West Coast Conference tournament, Tuesday, March 7, 2017, in Las Vegas. Gonzaga won 74-56. (AP Photo/John Locher)
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The Selection Sunday show for the NCAA Division I men's basketball tournament will take place from 5:30 p.m to 7 p.m. ET and be televised on CBS. The show will also be live-streamed on March Madness Live.

Greg Gumbel will be the host, with Seth Davis and Clark Kellogg offering bracket analysis from New York City. Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley and Kenny Smith will provide further takes from Atlanta.

Here are a few things to watch for on Sunday.

Who Will the No. 1 Seeds Be?

Villanova and Gonzaga should have No. 1 seeds locked up. North Carolina should have one as well despite its loss to Duke in the ACC tournament semifinals.

Kansas, on the other hand, could be on the outside looking in right now due to a bad loss to TCU in the quarterfinal round of the Big 12 tournament. The Horned Frogs are a tough team, but they will be playing in the NIT this year.

The winner of the Pac-12 title between Oregon and Arizona will have a good resume for a No. 1 seed, so the last spot might be a battle between the Pac-12 champion and Kansas.

What Will the Roads Be Like for Top Seeds?

At times, it seems like one regional is too stacked with top teams (see 2014 when undefeated Wichita State, Louisville and eventual national championship runner-up Kentucky were in the same half of that region) while other regionals look like they can be won by any of the top five or six seeds.

It will be interesting to see the field is more balanced this year than previous seasons.

Possible Home Cookin'

If Kansas is a No. 1 seed, it might be placed in the Midwest Regional. That would be a huge boost to Kansas, as it would be playing at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, just a 45-minute drive from home, in the regional semifinals and final.

Of course, Kansas just played there in the Big 12 tournament and lost in the quarterfinals, but it also didn't have freshman star Josh Jackson, who was suspended for the game. He will be back for the NCAA tournament.

Villanova should be the No. 1 seed in the East Regional, which means a short two-hour trip to Madison Square Garden in New York City for the regional semis and final. The Wildcats have a big fan and alumni base in the New York metro area, and fans would likely make the short trip up for the games, so it could feel like a quasi-home arena for Villanova.

Will the Committee Award Non-Majors With Great Regular Seasons or Majors With So-So Regular Seasons?

Illinois State went 27-6 and cruised through the Missouri Valley Conference regular season, going 17-1, but it only had one strong win (against No. 20 Wichita State) and lost big to the Shockers, 71-51, in the MVC title game.

Meanwhile, Syracuse went an ugly 18-14 this year and bowed out in the second round of the ACC tournament, but it also beat Duke, Florida State and Virginia this year—teams that are heading to the NCAA tournament.

The committee has undoubtedly debated teams like Illinois State and Syracuse and tried to compare apples and oranges until they arrived at a conclusion.

Interestingly enough, selection committee chairman Mark Hollis has told CBS Sports that his team has already selected the 36 at-large teams for the NCAA tournament this year, so perhaps not as much debate was needed this time around.


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