Let the madness begin!

From the First Four to the Final Four, fans of all ages will be tuning in to watch all the college basketball drama, buzzer beaters, and upsets that embody the magic of the NCAA Tournament. Without any further ado, allow us to guide you through the next three weeks of mayhem.

The Atlantic Coast Conference reigned on Selection Sunday, as three of its schools (Duke – East Region, North Carolina – Midwest Region, and Virginia – South Region) were given No. 1 seeds. Rounding out the top seeds was Gonzaga, who sits atop the West Region bracket. Since the Big Dance expanded to 64 teams in 1985, all four No. 1 seeds have advanced to the Final Four only once, in 2008.

East Region

The top-seeded Duke Blue Devils are led by freshmen forward phenoms Zion Williamson and R.J. Barrett. Known for his unique blend of size and athleticism (and his sneaker blowout), Williamson is averaging 22.1 points per game at the incredible rate of shooting 69.3% from the field. Barrett leads the team in scoring at 22.9 points per contest. Williamson and Barrett are as dangerous of a 1-2 punch as anybody in the country.

Winners of the Big Ten regular season and conference tournament championship, the Michigan State Spartans look to be the toughest obstacle in a potential Elite Eight matchup with the Blue Devils. Junior guard and Big Ten Player of the Year Cassius Winston leads the Spartans with 18.9 points per game and 7.6 assists per game.

Also poised to make a run are the third-seeded LSU Tigers, who won the SEC regular season championship, fourth-seeded Virginia Tech, who is making their third consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance, and sixth-seeded Maryland. The Terps feature sophomore center Bruno Fernando, who is widely considered to be a top pro prospect and is averaging 13.7 points per game and 10.4 rebounds per game.

The upset-minded No. 9 seed UCF Knights feature center Tacko Fall, who stands at 7-feet 6-inches and is currently the tallest player in college basketball.

Potential upset: No. 12 Liberty Flames over No. 5 Mississippi State Bulldogs
Best nickname: Saint Louis Billikens
Player to watch: Zion Williamson, Duke
Regional champ: Duke Blue Devils

West Region

The Gonzaga Bulldogs, led by junior forward Rui Hachimura, are the 1-seed in a very balanced region. Hachimura averages 20.1 points per game and 6.6 rebounds per game on a Zags squad that ranks first in the country in points per game (88.8) and field goal percentage (53.6%). Despite the Bulldogs rattling off 21 consecutive wins, their streak came to an end in their conference championship game, falling to Saint Mary’s 60-47.

The second-seeded Michigan Wolverines, last year’s runner-up, have the rare pleasure of opening their tournament with the same team they played in last year’s first round (No. 15 Montana Grizzlies). The Wolverines are poised for another March run as they feature freshman phenom Ignas Brazdeikis (15.1 points per game, 5.1 rebounds per game) and the third best scoring defense in the country.

There are several teams who can play spoiler in this year’s West Region. Florida State, who had a strong showing in the ACC Tournament, looks to improve off of last year’s Elite Eight performance. Buffalo, led by MAC player of the year and senior guard C.J. Massinburg, has been ranked throughout the year.

Two teams look to regain their edge: No. 3 Texas Tech, who won a share of the regular season Big 12 Championship but were upset early in the conference tournament, and No. 5 Marquette, who have lost five of their last six games.

Potential upset: No. 12 Murray State Racers over No. 5 Marquette Golden Eagles
Best nickname: Arizona State Sun Devils
Player to watch: Ja Morant, Murray State
Regional champ: Michigan Wolverines

South Region

The Virginia Cavaliers are once again a top seed in the Big Dance, but last year’s historic upset loss to No. 16 UMBC will be on the minds of many. Fortunately for the Cavaliers, they have the top scoring defense in the country and the third best three-point shooting percentage. Led by guards Kyle Guy (junior, 15.6 points per game) and De’Andre Hunter (sophomore, 15.1 points per game), UVA looks to make their first Final Four since 1984.

At No. 2 in the South is the Tennessee Volunteers. The Vols boast five players scoring in double figures, led by junior forward and SEC Player of the Year Grant Williams (19.0 points per game), and are fourth in the nation in assists per game. Tennessee has won five of their last seven games and hope to carry that momentum into the tournament.

Third-seeded Purdue’s offensive prowess (junior guard Carsen Edwards averages 23.0 points per game), No. 4 Kansas State and No. 5 Wisconsin’s stifling defenses, and Big East champion Villanova’s championship pedigree (winners of two of the last three national championships) make cases that upsets may be brewing in the South.

Potential upset: No. 13 UC Irvine Anteaters over No. 4 Kansas State Wildcats
Best nickname: UC Irvine Anteaters
Player to watch: Ethan Happ, Wisconsin
Regional champ: Villanova Wildcats

Midwest Region

The North Carolina Tar Heels headline arguably the deepest region in the field. Winners of eight of their last nine games, UNC is led by senior guard Cameron Johnson (16.9 points per game), freshman guard Coby White (16.3 points per game) and double double machine, senior forward Luke Maye (14.7 points per game, 10.5 rebounds per game). The Heels are the top rebounding team in the country and are third in points per game.

No. 2 seed Kentucky has already defeated fellow Midwest Region foes UNC and Kansas this season. The Wildcats are led by sophomore forward P.J. Washington’s 14.8 points per game and 7.5 rebounds per game and freshman guard Tyler Herro’s 14.2 points per game. Though they had success with the Tar Heels and Jayhawks, a potential second round matchup with a team they lost to in December looms with No. 10 Seton Hall.

Winners of the AAC regular season, third-seeded Houston has exceeded all expectations but still have something to prove on the national scale. Fourth-seeded Kansas may not be at full strength, but are still a formidable opponent in March. No. 5 Auburn won the SEC Tournament, No. 6 Iowa State won the Big 12 Tournament, and No. 7 Wofford hasn’t lost since December 19.

Potential Upset: No. 11 Ohio State Buckeyes over No. 6 Iowa State Cyclones
Best nickname: Iowa State Cyclones
Player to watch: Corey Davis, Houston
Regional champ: North Carolina Tar Heels

Attendee.com Picks

What would an NCAA Tournament viewer’s guide be without Final Four picks?

We’ll take Duke over Michigan and North Carolina over Villanova, with Duke defeating North Carolina to win the National Championship in Minneapolis.

Enjoy the games!