Today's 2018 NCAA tournament round one schedule, results — March Madness

Pennsylvania's head coach Steve Donahue makes the final cut of the net following an NCAA college basketball championship game in the Ivy League Tournament against the Harvard Sunday

The undisputed most thrilling part of the college basketball season has officially begun. On Thursday and Friday, the madness of March will start to kick in with first-round games.

The Pirates (21-11) led Arkansas by four points in the final minutes a year ago before losing their first-round matchup, and coach Kevin Willard said the defeat "haunts" a senior-laden team.

No. 8 Seton Hall vs.

Some worry about the Wildcats' ability to get to the free-throw line when it matters.

As the top seed in the East, the Wildcats' road to the Final Four shouldn't be too hard. Despite the long days, it never seemed much like work, because I was doing something about which I was truly passionate. If users fill out their bracket using the Capital One NCAA March Madness Bracket Challenge game, they can upload their bracket to March Madness Live and the platform will not only notify them when games they've picked are near completion but how an upset may impact their direct standings in their bracket pool. If you asked me to name three players for the Cincinnati Reds, I could probably give you Joey Votto and that's about it. I could tell you just about anything you wanted to know about the teams and athletes in Miami County, because that's my job and it's one I take very seriously. If you think they'll get bounced before they're one of the final eight squads left, the odds are -220.

Duke's biggest Achilles' heel comes from its own cockiness. Roy Williams, head coach of the University of North Carolina's men's basketball team, made $2.1 million for the 2016-17 school year. The most was 2000 when the state had six of its 10 Div.

Even almost 50 years later, no two-hour game can mend those wounds. On the way, they stopped for dinner at a local steak restaurant.

On the women's side, Obama has the unbeaten overall No. 1 seed Huskies reaching the Final Four along with fellow No. 1 seeds Louisville, Notre Dame and Mississippi State. "There are many fewer March Madness games than ad clicks/fraud events etc".

Day 1 of the NCAA Tournament is over. The Cavaliers battle No. 16 Maryland Baltimore County in the first round.

Eventually, algorithms might be good enough to predict things like hot streaks, but in the meantime, human-machine collaboration might represent the future of bracketology.

Since that blow-out upset, the Buckeyes have fallen off a little bit. Bates-Diop averages 19.4 points, 8.78 rebounds and 1.69 blocks per game. They're also listed at -1.75-1 to make the Elite 8, and 1.45-1 not to go that far - so bet wisely.

Virginia, Villanova, and Michigan State are popular title picks. Billionaire Warren Buffett has a long-standing offer to award any of his employees who comes up with a flawless bracket a million dollars a year for life.