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Bracket reax: Surprises, snubs, seeds

The tournament field is set. The brackets are in hand. The predictions have begun.

But that doesn't mean there wasn't a little controversy on the way there. Here's how our ESPN team of writers and analysts reacted in real time to some of the biggest surprises, snubs and seeding controversies of Selection Sunday.

NC State makes the field

The Wolfpack didn't have many high-quality wins and were on hardly any bracket projections, but managed to sneak in as a 12-seed in Dayton. It was the bracket's first big surprise.

Surprise omissions

What about the teams that were left out? Most of the surprise reaction centered around Larry Brown's SMU Mustangs, whose nonconference schedule played a large part in the snub.

Louisville a 4-seed?!

Speaking of the American, the defending national champ Cardinals -- touted by some, including their head coach, as a possible 1-seed -- ended up getting a 4, much to the surprise of many.

Another Commonwealth surprise

Louisville wasn't the only team from its state not happy with its seeding. The rival Kentucky Wildcats were able to snare only an 8-seed.

Shockers shafted?

Speaking of the Midwest and a potential Kentucky opponent, how about Wichita State's potential path, eh? The unbeaten Shockers were given no favors by the committee -- potentially facing Kentucky, Louisville and Michigan/Duke en route to Arlington.

Other seeding and selection issues

Our writers and analysts had a few other beefs with the tournament committee, including a 10-seed for a BYU team that has a so-so at-large profile and a key player injured and out for the tourney.