Men’s and Women’s NCAA Basketball Brackets Released

NCAA Tickets - buyTickets.comThe 2016 NCAA college basketball brackets have been announced, and Americans are getting ready to figure out which teams will advance to the championship. The top teams are clear, but as anyone who follows college basketball knows, a stunning upset can happen at any time.

  • In the men’s championship, the top-seeded Kansas Jayhawks are led by head coach Bill Self. They won their 12th consecutive regular Big 12 title with their win over Texas Tech on February 27. Kansas is in the midst of the longest active consecutive title streak in the country.
  • The Michigan State Spartans are currently ranked No. 2. The team is coached by Tom Izzo. They made it to the NCAA Final Four six times from 1999 to 2010 and won the title in 2000. The team has been chosen for 18 consecutive tournament bids with Izzo as coach. They have won one NCAA championship, made it to two NCAA championship games, and advanced to the Final Four seven times.
  • The Tar Heels from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are the team currently ranked third. They are led by head coach Roy Williams, who is in his 13th season. The Tar Heels made it to the championship of the Atlantic Coast conference last year.
  • The fourth-ranked Cavaliers represent the University of Virginia. Head coach Tony Bennett is in his 7th season leading the team. Last year the Cavaliers finished first in the ACC for the second season in a row.

In the NCAA Women’s Division, No. 1 seeds were awarded to UConn, South Carolina, Notre Dame, and Baylor. Each of these teams won its respective conference regular season and tournament championships.

  • UConn is hoping to win its 11th national championship and to become the first women’s basketball team to win the title four years in a row. The team, coached by Geno Auriemma, has won 69 consecutive games, the third-longest streak in the team’s and NCAA Division 1 women’s basketball history.
  • South Carolina is a No. 1 seed for the third year in a row. The women are hoping to win the championship for the first time under Coach Dawn Staley.
  • Notre Dame has advanced to the Final Four the past five years. They are looking for their second overall win with Coach Muffet McGraw.
  • Baylor won the Big 12 Conference regular season and tournament. They are hoping for their third NCAA championship win. The team is coached by Kim Mulkey. sells tickets to NCAA men’s and women’s basketball games, as well as concerts and theater performances.