The Athletic College Basketball staff makes their Final Four, national champion picks

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The Central Michigan women's basketball became the surprise team of the 2018 NCAA tournament.

FIRST TIMERS: Gardner-Webb and Abilene Christian will make their first appearances in this tournament, and they'll have their work cut out for them against top-seeded Virginia and No. 2 seed Kentucky. It's a huge production, with the men's selection show shared alternately by CBS and Turner, and the women's selection show the following day on ESPN.

In a shocking oversight Monday afternoon, ESPNU inadvertently displayed part of the women's bracket on its home page - nearly four hours before the NCAA selection show was scheduled to air.

This list is composed of both types of team, as well as some in between who are facing their own unique challenge to make a deep run in the tournament. We deeply regret the error and extend our apology to the NCAA and the women's basketball community.

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The Atlantic Coast Conference comes into the NCAA Tournament with three No. 1 seeds.

The first game of the 64-team tournament will tip off at 12:15 PM ET. However, if one thing's for sure, it's that this is one of the deepest - or arguably most top heavy - draft classes in recent history. The Huskies are 31-2 and No. 2 in the AP poll, but they're a No. 2 seed in the Albany Region as they play for their first national championship since 2016, which capped a stretch of four straight titles.

Roy Williams would have a chance to beat his old team (Kansas) and Bill Self again, and John Calipari could get the last laugh for his young Wildcats team with Final Four hopes. The team has not been seeded that low since 2006.

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