So the bracket's been announced, and the fun can begin. First things first: your own printable bracket, courtesy of the mothership.
The Big 12 got four of the top 12 seeds (actually four of the top 11, if certain media members can be trusted). The league will be sending seven teams to the dance, meaning if somehow K-State gets a bid to the NIT or CBI, only Texas Tech will sit home this month.
Kansas leads the way, earning the #2 seed in the Midwest (Cleveland), where Kentucky is the top seed. The Jayhawks will be in Omaha on Friday, taking on New Mexico State. They're paired with (7) Wichita State and (10) Indiana.
In every region except the Midwest, the Big 12 holds the three-seed:
Iowa State is in the South (Houston), with Duke as the top seed. The Cyclones will travel to Louisville for a Thursday tilt with Alabama-Birmingham before a potential meeting with either (6) Southern Methodist or (11) UCLA. The #2 seed potentially blocking Iowa State's path to the Elite Eight is Gonzaga.
Oklahoma play on Friday against Albany in an East (Syracuse) region game in Columbus, Ohio. That's Villanova's region, and Virginia is the #2 seed. If Oklahoma wins Friday, they'll take on either (6) Providence or the eleven seed -- the winner of Wednesday night's game in Dayton between Boise State and Dayton -- who reportedly are the team that SMU's win today saved.
Baylor grabbed the three seed in the West (Los Angeles), where Wisconsin are the top seed and Arizona earned the #2. Baylor will head to Jacksonville to play Georgia State on Thursday; like Oklahoma, their potential second-round opponent may come from Dayton, as the Brigham Young-Mississippi winner will play sixth seed Xavier on Thursday.
West Virginia checks in as the fifth seed in the Midwest. They join the Sooners in Columbus, and draw first-time tournament entry Buffalo on Friday. That could lead to a matchup with either (4) Maryland or (13) Valparaiso. Get past that, and Kentucky likely looms.
Finally, Texas earned an 11 seed. They travel to Pittsburgh, where they'll play sixth-seeded Butler on Thursday. A win there would lead to a game against either (3) Notre Dame or (14) Northeastern, after which the winner would face whichever team survives the Kansas pod.
Oh, and then there's our Official Team here at what will become Bring on the Lumberjacks for the next week or two. Stephen F. Austin received the 12th seed in the South, and travel to Portland to take on fifth-seeded Utah on Thursday. A win would pit our adopted boys against either (4) Georgetown or (13) Eastern Washington (and now's a really good time to remember Georgetown's recent record against double-digit seeds). If the Jacks get to the Sweet Sixteen, however, they're staring at Duke.