2018 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament

The 2018 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament was a single-elimination championship of 68 teams to determine the men’s National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I college basketball national winner for its 2017–18 year old. The 80th annual edition of the tournament began on March 13, 2018, and concluded with the championship game on April 2 in the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.
Throughout the initial round, UMBC became the initial 16-seed to defeat a 1-seed in the men’s championship by beating Virginia 74–54. [1][2] For the first time in tournament history, none of the four top seeded teams in one area (the South) advanced to the Sweet 16. Also, the tournament featured the first regional final matchup of a 9-seed (Kansas State) and an 11-seed (Loyola-Chicago).
Villanova, Michigan, Kansas, and Loyola-Chicago, the”Cinderella group” of this championship, reached the Final Four. Villanova defeated Michigan in the championship match, 79–62.
Atlantic Sun Conference winner Lipscomb created its NCAA tournament debut.
The 2018 championship was the first time since 1978 that none of the six Division I college basketball-playing schools based at the Washington, DC metropolitan region — American, Georgetown, George Mason, George Washington, Howard, and Maryland — made the NCAA Tournament.

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