College basketball media reacts to 2022 NCAA Tournament bracket reveal

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The official 2022 NCAA Tournament bracket was revealed on Sunday night. Here is how the college basketball media reacted.

On Sunday, the NCAA men’s basketball conference tournaments wrapped up. Now, it is officially time for March Madness, and there was little time wasted to find out the bracket for the 2022 NCAA Tournament.

The Selection Show revealed the 68-team field, including which teams will end up in which region. Now is the fun part, where the college basketball media world breaks down each region and gives their opinions.

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NCAA Tournament bracket: West Region

The West Region was the first to be revealed, and the team that holds the top-seed is, unsurprisingly, the Gonzaga Bulldogs. Even though they hold the No. 1 position in the West, their opponent pool is going to be tough, as evidenced by Duke, Michigan State, Texas Tech and Arkansas.

Additionally, Rutgers and Notre Dame will compete in a First Four matchup to receive the No. 11 seed and the right to face No. 6 Alabama in the first round.

Below is the bracket for the West Region, along with some reaction from media members.

NCAA Tournament bracket: South Region

Onto the South Region, where the 31-3 Arizona Wildcats sit atop their competition.

Among the reaction is the fact that the Tennessee Volunteers, who defeated the Texas A&M Aggies in the SEC Tournament Finals, received the No. 3 seed instead of the second-spot, which ultimately went to the Villanova Wildcats.

Wright State and Bryant will face off in the First Four to face off against Arizona in the opening round.

NCAA Tournament bracket: Midwest Region

The Midwest Region will run through the Kansas Jayhawks, who clinched the No. 1 seed with a 28-6 record and a Big 12 Tournament title after defeating Texas Tech.

There are some intriguing first round matchups such as No. 4 Providence (25-5) vs. No. 13 South Dakota State (30-4) and No. 7 USC (26-7) and No. 10 Miami (23-10).

The First Four battle between Texas Southern and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi will earn the No. 16 seed and the right to face Kansas in the first round.

NCAA Tournament bracket: East Region

The defending National Champion Baylor Bears hold the top seed in the East Region after going 26-6 this season.

In the East alongside the Bears are No. 2 Kentucky, No. 3 Purdue and No. 4 UCLA.

The final First Four matchup will be between Wyoming and Indiana for the No. 11 seed and the opportunity to face No. 5 Saint Mary’s in the opening round.

So there you have it, the official bracket for the 2022 NCAA Tournament. Now go forth and fill it one (or a few) of your own to earn bragging rights and pool money against your friends and co-workers.

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