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NCAA will not mess with Selection Sunday by giving the NCAA Tournament a weekly bracket show

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Fans of Selection Sunday rejoice!

According to a report from CBSSports.com‘s Matt Norlander, the NCAA has decided not to mess with one of college basketball’s most sacred traditions by opting not to hold a weekly show like they did with the six-week show leading up to the College Football Playoff.

The NCAA’s senior vice president for the men’s basketball championships, Dan Gavitt, told CBSSports.com that the men’s basketball committee decided against a televised show that would unveil some form of official, updated look at how the bracket is currently situated.

“Ultimately some folks will agree with this, and others will disagree, but the surprise of Selection Sunday is one of the things that makes March Madness special,” Gavitt said to Norlander. “Peeking at the presents under the Christmas tree was not something this committee was anxious to offer up at this point.”

With college basketball being played on a nightly basis, it also means a show similar to the College Football Playoff’s version wouldn’t mean as much since things can change so quickly.

“Because games are played once a week, and essentially on the weekends, the rhythm of a weekly ranking is much more tradition-bound in college football than it is in college basketball,” Gavitt said to Norlander. “In basketball, polls come out Monday morning and they can be outdated by Monday [night]. The frequency of games, the number of days, the fluidity there creates challenges around doing a show on a regular basis.”

The committee probably also hesitated after the controversy caused by the College Football Playoff’s version of the show. The CFP had a weekly unveiling the top four teams that were currently in the new playoff model based on how the season was currently playing out. TCU dropped from third to sixth during the final week of the show despite a 55-3 win over Iowa State and many across the country weren’t afraid to mention the Horned Frogs during the College Football Playoff games on social media.

While a show like this is likely inevitable for the future — Gavitt also acknowledged that the NCAA is looking for more attention-grabbing solutions for college basketball —  things will be the way that college basketball fans have always enjoyed them in 2015.

Florida, Wichita State, Arizona, Virginia claim No. 1 seeds



CBT’s Printable 2014 NCAA Tournament bracket

Florida, Wichita State, Arizona and Virginia claimed the No. 1 seeds in the 2014 men’s NCAA tournament, while the seeding committee also dished out a few surprises in the bracket, ensuring yet another lively March Madness.

The Gators (32-2), ranked No. 1 in the polls, claimed the tournament’s top overall seed and the top spot in the South Region after beating Kentucky in the SEC tournament title game. They’ll face the winner of the Colorado-Pittsburgh, while Kansas, Syracuse and UCLA round out the top four seeds in the region.

Virginia (28-6) won its first ACC Tournament since 1976 with a win over Duke and they were rewarded with the fourth No. 1 seed in the East Region. The experienced Cavaliers gets Memphis or George Washington in the third round while Villanova, Iowa State and Michigan State loom as potential threats as the remaining top four seeds in the region. Should the Cavaliers been the fourth No. 1 seed?

Wichita State (34-0) got the top line in the Midwest Region, but could face Kentucky in the round of 32, a matchup that would feature the team with the most NBA prospects vs. the only unbeaten program in the field. If the Shockers get past Kentucky, they’ll likely face Louisville, the 4 seed in the region. Michigan and Duke are the 2 and 3 seeds in the region.

Arizona (30-4) may have fallen to UCLA in the Pac 12 Tournament title game but can the Wildcats bounce back to get by a West Region that includes Wisconsin, Creighton and San Diego State?

RELATED: Unsure about your bracket? Prep on mid-majors here

First Four games (Tuesday, Wednesday in Dayton, Ohio)

No. 16 seeds: Cal Poly (13-19) vs. Texas Southern (19-14), Albany (18-14) vs. Mount St. Mary’s (16-16

No. 12 seed: N.C. State (21-13) vs. Xavier (21-12)

No. 11 seed: Iowa (20-12) vs. Tennessee (21-12)

That’s the rundown. Now you’ll need to prep for your bracket. The links below will get you started.

Here’s the official seed list for the 2014 NCAA Tournament and the conference breakdown.

Which teams got snubbed by the committee? We take a look at the bubble teams that didn’t make it.

CBT’s 2014 NCAA Tournament South Region Instant Analysis. Does Florida make it past Kansas, Syracuse and UCLA?

CBT’s 2014 NCAA Tournament East Region Instant Analysis. Can Villanova, Michigan State and Iowa State trump No. 1 seed Virginia?

CBT’s 2014 NCAA Tournament West Region Instant Analysis. Does Arizona have enough to get past Wisconsin, Creighton and San Diego State?

CBT’s 2014 NCAA Tournament Midwest Region Instant Analysis. Can Wichita State navigate past a loaded region that includes Michigan, Duke and defending champion Louisville?

Now that you’ve gotten the information you need on all things March Madness are you feeling confident with your bracket? Then be sure to enter College Basketball Talk’s bracket challenge to see if you can beat our experts.

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