The NCAA Tournament kicks off this morning. Here are all the stories you need to help with your last-minute bracket.

Mathematicians have generally held that the odds of filling out a perfect men's NCAA Tournament bracket are 9,223,372,036,854,775,808 to one. The 10 bracket tips below might not allow you to overcome the 9.2 quintillion-to-one odds against achieving perfection - but they could help you win your office pool: ___ 1.) The bracket line where you are most likely to find upsets. In recent years, the ...

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For No. 2 UK to return to the Final Four for the first time since 2015, it is possible the Wildcats will have to snuff out three Cinderella teams in the Midwest Region, then win a battle of college basketball blue bloods. If seeds hold, Kentucky's first three games in the 2019 NCAA Tournament will be against non-Power Five Conference foes: - Abilene Christian. The private Christian university ...

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It's been suggested that seeding didn't help this year's conference tournament champions. Michigan State, which defeated Michigan on Sunday for the Big Ten title, is a second seed. SEC tourney champion Auburn is a No. 5 seed; Iowa State from the Big 12 is a No. 6. It's possible none of those teams improved its seeding with its tourney run as March Madness opens. But Duke's impressive ACC ...

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How will Gonzaga respond to its loss to St. Mary's in the West Coast Conference tournament final? It was a stunning outcome, but the selection committee kept the Zags as a top seed. After all, the Bulldogs defeated Duke on their way to a 30-3 season. Gonzaga has one of the nation's most efficient offenses, and the program knows its way to the Final Four, having played in the 2017 NCAA title ...

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Gardner-Webb provided one of the best celebration scenes during the NCAA Tournament reveal. Even though the moment was inevitable, the Runnin' Bulldogs cheered when they saw their name on the screen. It's a great moment for the university in Boiling Springs, N.C., which will make its first NCAA appearance since joining Division I in 2000 after winning the Big South tournament as a No. 4 seed. ...

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The Hotline picked Virginia to cover a big spread in the first round and to reach the Final Four. I did so while pondering both the Cavaliers' first-round flameout in 2018 and the myriad examples of teams executing year-over-year turnarounds comparable to what Virginia hopes to produce: Following a March flop with a March feast. Since the tournament expanded to 64 teams in 1985, there are nine ...

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There has been nothing unlucky about the number 13 when it comes to NCAA Tournament seeding. Check out any list of tournament upsets, and featured prominently are games that emerged from the 13 verses 4 pairing. Remember Princeton's backdoor basket to beat UCLA in 1996, or Bryce Drew's buzzer beater that gave Valparaiso a victory over Mississippi two years later? Vermont over Syracuse in 2005, ...

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COLUMBIA, S.C. - Before Duke's Zion Williamson and Murray State's Ja Morant were leading their teams into the 2019 NCAA Tournament as two of the biggest stars in college basketball, the two were teammates for the South Carolina Hornets AAU team and had big plans for their futures. Williamson was a freshman in high school and Morant was a sophomore when the two played on the same AAU team and ...

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