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Bracket, Schedule Set for March Madness 2015

March 16, 2015 by Amy

March Madness 2015

For the second year in a row, March Madness will feature one team's quest to finish the season undefeated, and this time around, it's none other than the Kentucky Wildcats. The top-seeded program has already secured one national title under head coach John Calipari in 2012, and nearly prevailed again last season, finishing runner-up to Connecticut. As the majority favorite, all eyes will be on Kentucky throughout the NCAA Tournament, but as the sports world saw with the Wichita State Shockers in 2014, remaining unbeaten is certainly no easy task, especially during March Madness.

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The No. 1 Seeds
The 2015 crop of top seeds are all household names, led by overall No. 1, Kentucky, and followed by Duke, Wisconsin, and Villanova. All four programs have previously captured at least one national championship, with the Badgers in the midst of the longest span without a title having claimed their first and only back in 1941. Villanova also has won only once back in 1985, while Duke has claimed four (1991, 1992, 2001, 2010), and Kentucky has been crowned eight times (1948, 1949, 1951, 1958, 1978, 1996, 1998, 2012).

Bid Breakdown
With seven bids each, the Big Ten and Big 12 lead the pack for 2015, followed by the ACC and Big East with six apiece, and rounding out the rest was the SEC (5), Pac-12 (4), SEC (3), Atlantic 10 (3), Mountain West (3), American Athletic Conference (2), Missouri Valley Conference (2), and West Coast Conference (2).

Loaded South and West Regions
With Kentucky expected to run the table in the Midwest, it's the South and West regions that experts have tabbed as the toughest. Notable teams on Duke's side in the south include No. 2 Gonzaga, No. 3 Iowa State, and No. 4 Georgetown, while top teams on Wisconsin's side are No. 2 Arizona, No. 3 Baylor, No. 4 North Carolina, and No. 7 VCU.

Inaugural Appearances
NCAA Tournament newcomers for this year include UC Irvine of the Big West and Buffalo of the Mid-American Conference.


March Madness 2015 Schedule


First Four
March 17
NCAA Tournament Dayton - All Sessions
University of Dayton Arena - Dayton, OH
March 17
NCAA Tournament Dayton - Session 1
University of Dayton Arena - Dayton, OH
March 18
NCAA Tournament Dayton - Session 2 
University of Dayton Arena - Dayton, OH


second and third rounds
March 19-21
NCAA Tournament Jacksonville 
Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena - Jacksonville, FL
March 19-21
NCAA Tournament Louisville 
KFC Yum! Center - Louisville, KY
March 19-21
NCAA Tournament Pittsburgh 
CONSOL Energy Center - Pittsburgh, PA
March 19-21
NCAA Tournament Portland 
Moda Center - Portland, OR
March 20-22
NCAA Tournament Charlotte 
Time Warner Cable Arena - Charlotte, NC
March 20-22
NCAA Tournament Columbus 
Nationwide Arena - Columbus, OH
March 20-22
NCAA Tournament Omaha 
CenturyLink Center - Omaha, NE
March 20-22
NCAA Tournament Seattle 
KeyArena - Seattle, WA


March 26-28
NCAA Midwest Regional
Quicken Loans Arena - Cleveland, OH
March 26-28
NCAA West Regional
Staples Center - Los Angeles, CA
March 27-29
NCAA East Regional
Carrier Dome - Syracuse, NY
March 27-29
NCAA South Regional
NRG Stadium - Houston, TX


Final four & national championship
April 4-6
Final Four - All Sessions
Lucas Oil Stadium - Indianapolis, IN
April 4
Final Four - Semifinals
Lucas Oil Stadium - Indianapolis, IN
April 6
National Championship
Lucas Oil Stadium - Indianapolis, IN

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