Kentucky will look to make history by trying to become the first undefeated champion in March Madness since the Indiana Hoosiers achieved it back in 1976 as they were seeded first overall in the tournament on Sunday.
The Wildcats need six more wins to achieve the perfect season, and they get things underway when the tournament tips off on Thursday with fans around the world filling out their brackets in anticipation.
Kentucky will start against the winner of a play-in game between No.16 seeds Manhattan and Hampton, while the other top seeds in the draw were Villanova in the East, Duke in the South and Wisconsin in the West.
The No.2 seeds are Kansas in the Midwest, Virginia in the East, Gonzaga in the South and Arizona in the West, but all eyes will be on Kentucky who are undoubtedly the team to beat after going 34-0 so far this year.
“I think I have the best team and the best players,” said coach John Calipari, according to the New York Post.
“Does that mean we’ll win? No, it doesn’t.”
Given the knockout format of the tournament, there are no guarantees that Kentucky will deliver on their favourites tag, and the competition has certainly served up its fair share of upsets over the years.
However, many expect Calipari’s team to advance to the latter stages at the very least, and with the tournament set to get into full swing later this week, the excitement is certainly building up and down the country with non-stop basketball starting on Thursday for the first four days.
The packed schedule has multiple games played at once, coupled with games starting as soon as others conclude and so for college hoops fans it is an absolute dream period of the year.
Check out the full bracket below and prepare for the Madness which starts on Thursday!