And now, we must answer some burning questions.
Even so, though, the show goes on.
Auburn enters the NCAA Tournament coming off a 81-63 loss to Alabama in the SEC Tournament quarterfinals and has lost four of its last six games.
The Sun Devils were selected into the tournament as a No. 11 seed in the Midwest Region.
Here's a quick region-by-region breakdown of what to look out for in this year's tournament. The Wildcats are healthy again after going through a rough patch in February, and looking like the team that started the season 22-1.
Lipscomb guard Michael Buckland of High Point during a game against Purdue on December 30. Wichita State has the veteran leadership to get through to the second weekend.
The three teams are Rhode Island, Davidson, and St. Bonaventure. What Tech lacks in size they make up for in speed and will. Headliners include Big 12 player of the year Devonte Graham of Kansas, Big 12 freshman of the year and national scoring and assist leader Trae Young of Oklahoma, ACC player of the year and rookie of the year Marvin Bagley III, Grayson Allen of Duke and Miles Bridges of Michigan State.
- The West Coast is not the best coast: No team from a western state has won the title since Arizona in 1997. Providence is finally healthy and clicking, and could make a run.
"And now, Auburn is competitive - competitive enough to win the league and go to the NCAA Tournament".
Louisville, USC and Oklahoma State were among the biggest snubs from the dance. The Spartans are one of the most balanced teams in the country and have star power in Miles Bridges and Jaren Jackson.
Asked Saturday night, after his team's 81-70 victory over West Virginia, about the process of waiting for their fate to be revealed, Self explained that the waiting game at Kansas is a much more relaxing journey. In their last appearance, in 2013, they were seeded No. 13 and were blown out by No. 4 seed Syracuse, 81-34.
Missouri's a team FSU has the talent to beat on paper. There's a reason why sports fans are obsessed with this time of year, and here's to hoping for better results than last year for the Wildcats when they lost in the second round to Wisconsin.
Virginia garnered the top overall seed of the bracket, but the Cavaliers' path won't be easy, as Arizona (a No. 4 seed) or Kentucky (a No. 5 seed) could well be waiting in the Sweet 16, not to mention Cincinnati (No. 2) and Tennessee (No. 3) also in the region. They finished the regular season with an overall record of 23-6 and 15-3 in the conference.
The Sun Devils (20-11) began the season as one of the hottest teams in the nation. But John Calipari probably won't be pleased with their draw. Kentucky and Arizona will have to work for their wins. "I don't see one consistent issue".