2017 NCAA basketball tournament bracket released

INDIANAPOLIS -- The annual NCAA men's college basketball tournament was released by the selection committee on Sunday evening.

Last year’s champion, Villanova, was awarded the No. 1 spot in the East Region. Villanova also got the top seed in the overall rankings.

Meanwhile, Kansas takes the top spot in the Midwest, Gonzaga in the West and North Carolina got the No. 1 seed in the South.

No Colorado teams earned berths into the 68-team field, though Colorado and Colorado State will play in the NIT. The Buffaloes will play Central Florida in Orlando, Fla., on Wednesday, while the Rams will play the College of Charleston in Fort Collins on Tuesday.

The NCAA tournament begins Tuesday with two play-in games in Dayton, Ohio. Two more play-in games will be played Wednesday before the tournament kicks into full gear with 16 games on Thursday and Friday.

The Final Four and national championship game will be played April 1 and April 3 at at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz.