March Madness Bracket: Kansas, UNC, Virginia and Oregon Earn No. 1 Seeds

The 2016 March Madness Bracket has been released and while a number of teams are disappointed with their seeding or unhappy that they didn’t make the field of 68, four teams should be more pleased than anyone else. We all know the importance of being the No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament as it makes the path so much easier. With that in mind, here are the four teams that earned the top seed for this year’s Tournament:

Kansas Jayhawks
Region: South

The Kansas Jayhawks have been favored to win March Madness throughout most of the season, so this isn’t a huge surprise. They were excellent this season. They have a great resume thanks to a tough non-conference schedule. They did lose to Michigan State but still beat Kansas, Vanderbilt, San Diego State, UCLA and Oregon State all on the road. The Jayhawks were stellar in Big 12 conference play and won the Big 12 Tournament, which should help with momentum. Speaking of momentum, they’ll enter the Big Dance on a 14-game winning streak. This is the team to beat as we get set for the NCAA Tournament.

Virginia Cavaliers
Region: Midwest Region

The Cavaliers have fallen short in the NCAA Tournament in recent years but they’ll again go in as a top seed. This time, they’re a No. 1 seed, which marks the second time in three years that that’s the case. However, they haven’t reached the Elite Eight since 1995, so they have some history to overturn. It’s great that they were undefeated at home this season but unfortunately they won’t have any more home games going forward.  Once again, they’ll rely on their stellar defense but they’ll have to execute better than they have in the past if they’re to advance deep into the Tournament.

Oregon Ducks
Region: West

The Ducks are probably the biggest surprise on this list but this comes on the strength of what they’ve done recently. This is a team that’s won 14 of their last 16 games to claim their first No. 1 seed in NCAA history. They have some quality wins on their resume, including Baylor and Valpo in non-conference play, as well as everyone in the Pac-12 tournament, including Arizona and Utah.

North Carolina Tar Heels
Region: East

The Tar Heels are back as a No. 1 seed for the first time since 2012. Not only is it sweet to them that they’re doing well this year, it’s extra nice that Duke is doing poorly. The Tar Heels have big wins over Virginia and Notre Dame this year, and their very challenging non-conference schedule surely helped their resume. They will go into the NCAA Tournament on a five-game winning streak, so they’ve got some momentum going.