College NCAA Tournament bracket released By Sue Favor - March 12, 2018 ESPN takes on the selections: Winners and losers today. Five burning questions for the bracket. Mississippi State aims for better than last year. South Carolina and UConn are in the same regional. Rutgers – not Oklahoma – deserved the final at-large bid. Around the Rim podcast discussing the bracket. Team stuff: Mississippi State’s quest is to win a National Championship. Maryland is in an unfamiliar position to start the NCAA Tournament. Nebraska was chosen. Mercer will open the tourney against a familiar foe in Georgia. Five things to know about Louisville’s first-round opponent, Boise State. They are the No. 1 seed in Lexington. Notre Dame earned their seventh straight No. 1 seed. Missouri is hitting the road. The Gophers made it. Ohio State is a three seed in Spokane. Virginia is back in the Tournament. The Chippewas will face LSU in round one. UConn has the top seed, but it’s a tricky path to the title. Syracuse had an agonizing wait. For only the third time since 1993, Purdue won’t play in the tourney. There will be no postseason play for Kentucky for the first time since 2004. Rutgers declined a WNIT invite.