March Madness has roared in like a lion. Or more accurately, like a Blue Devil.
The brackets are out and the tournament kicks off Tuesday with the first two play-in games, the start of what promises to be an unusually unpredictable tournament. Fresh off an ACC tournament title, Duke is the favorite of multiple Vegas sports books… yet still couldn’t score a #1 seed. (Those went to defending champs Villanova, Kansas, Gonzaga, and Duke’s conference rival North Carolina. Coach K. will have to purse title #6 as a #2.) Syracuse is considered to be the top snub for 2017, with the selection committee citing their 2-11 road record as a crucial reason they’ll have to head to the NIT this year.
Head over to ESPN and start picking your brackets now. Keep a particular eye on the South region, home to North Carolina, Kentucky (#2), and UCLA (#3), whose freshman sensation Lonzo Ball is likely to turn pro after this season.