Selection Sunday 2021 Results: Printable NCAA Bracket, Seeds, Twitter Reaction

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistMarch 14, 2021

Illinois forward Giorgi Bezhanishvili (15) celebrates during the second half of an NCAA college basketball championship game against Ohio State at the Big Ten Conference tournament, Sunday, March 14, 2021, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
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Let the Madness begin.

The field for the 2021 NCAA men's tournament was announced during Sunday's CBS broadcast, and the Gonzaga Bulldogs, Baylor Bears, Michigan Wolverines and Illinois Fighting Illini are the four No. 1 seeds.

A printable bracket can be found on NCAA.com.

Here is a look at the 68-team field in its entirety:

Bleacher Report @BleacherReport

The West Region is locked in 🔒 @marchmadness x @brhoops https://t.co/mV9fx9OVAr

Bleacher Report @BleacherReport

The South Region is set 🍿 @marchmadness x @brhoops https://t.co/6zIISXRtud

Bleacher Report @BleacherReport

The Midwest Region is officially locked ✔️ @marchmadness x @brhoops https://t.co/3idgyoN7HB

Bleacher Report @BleacherReport

Final region is set 👀 @marchmadness x @brhoops https://t.co/nn9tomJCDB

Jeff Goodman @GoodmanHoops

Standby Teams: Louisville Colorado State Saint Louis Ole Miss

As is always the case on every Selection Sunday, the field drew plenty of Twitter reaction:

Pete Thamel @PeteThamel

Nice to see Drake in the NCAAs. Too many years the committee has been rigged against mid-majors.

Pat Forde @ByPatForde

Justice for Drake.

Sam Vecenie @Sam_Vecenie

That region is about as good a draw as you could get if you’re Gonzaga. Can’t ask for much more than that. -Two COVID ? marks as the 3/4 seeds. -Already beaten the 2/3 seeds. -Oklahoma has lost 5 of 6, Missouri has lost 6 of 9 in the second round.

Tim Reynolds @ByTimReynolds

Colgate is the most dangerous 14 seed in a while.

Eamonn Brennan @eamonnbrennan

Jokes aside, I did tend to think Utah State was getting in. Their numbers looked good, they beat San Diego State twice, they have the best player in that league -- just a gut feeling thing but it's the type of team the committee tends to like https://t.co/ibnGVKBZRS

Jeff Borzello @jeffborzello

Potential Baylor-UNC matchup is SPICY. Tar Heels the best offensive rebounding team in the country, Baylor one of the worst defensive rebounding teams in the Big 12.

Steve Greenberg @SLGreenberg

MIDWEST: 1 Illinois, 8 Loyola. Holy damn. A second-round matchup is set (if they win). They haven't played since 2011 — in Porter Moser's first game as Ramblers coach.

CJ Moore @CJMooreHoops

Illini have to potentially go through Cameron Krutwig and Cade Cunningham. Those could be some fun games.

CBS Sports @CBSSports

For the first time since 2005, @IlliniMBB is a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Let’s take a second to remember the greatness of Dee Brown, Deron Williams, and Luther Head that season. https://t.co/2CDHeOScw9

Matt Norlander @MattNorlander

Don’t think you can justify West Virginia being a 3 and Oklahoma State being a 4. I gotta look into it more, but that seems like a screw-up. OSU has the second-most Quad 1 wins.

Chris Emma @CEmma670

Loyola being an 8 seed is just disrespectful.

Ricky O'Donnell @SBN_Ricky

I think Illinois got the most difficult draw possible. Loyola is a top-10 team in the efficiency rankings looming as a potential second round opponent. Win and they either play the No. 1 NBA draft pick Cade Cunningham, or Tennessee with two lottery picks.

Brad Evans @NoisyHuevos

LSU got shafted. An 8? Nope. No clue where the Committee came up with that one.

Dan Wetzel @DanWetzel

NCAA Tourney is waitlisting people now. Very collegiate of them.

Nancy Armour @nrarmour

Daaang. Bluebloods in the First Four! Michigan State vs UCLA

Chris Vannini 😷💉 @ChrisVannini

By the skin of its teeth, MSU makes its 23rd straight NCAA tournament.

Jeff Borzello @jeffborzello

Wichita State over Louisville is a wild decision.

Kyle Rowland @KyleRowland

Rick Pitino in, Louisville out.

CBS Sports HQ @CBSSportsHQ

Juwan Howard becomes the FOURTH head coach to earn a 1 seed in their FIRST tournament appearance #GoBlue https://t.co/unF1XphmGK

Kyle Rowland @KyleRowland

Aside from Loyola being under-seeded, props to the committee for its respect of mid-majors.

The initial reaction here is that Illinois caught a rough break with this field.

All Illinois did was win the Big Ten tournament with a thrilling overtime victory over Ohio State and put together an incredible season in the country's best conference. And it was rewarded with arguably the most difficult bracket that will put it to the test as soon as the second round.

The Fighting Illini very well may have to face in-state Loyola Chicago in the round of 32 assuming both teams advance. If that isn't the case, they may have to face ACC tournament champion Georgia Tech.

Loyola is No. 9 in the country in Ken Pomeroy's pace-adjusted rankings, meaning Illinois could be in trouble before the Sweet 16. A big-man showdown between Kofi Cockburn and Cameron Krutwig is as intriguing as an individual matchup can be so early in the tournament, and another trip to the Final Four is not out of the question for the Ramblers.

If the Big Ten tournament champions get past them, they might have to face Cade Cunningham and the Oklahoma State Cowboys in the Sweet 16.

Cunningham is the No. 1 pick in the latest mock draft from Bleacher Report's Jonathan Wasserman and could propel his team to a Final Four run. He will put plenty of pressure on Illinois defenders such as Ayo Dosunmu and Trent Frazier.

If the Fighting Illini survive all of that, Houston or West Virginia could be waiting in the Elite Eight.

The Cougars are No. 6 in Pomeroy's rankings, and the Mountaineers lost by just five points to Gonzaga and took Baylor to overtime. West Virginia nearly beat two of the No. 1 seeds this season and may get a chance at a third in the Elite Eight.