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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.

UCLA Makes The Field?!

The Bruins' inclusion was a shocker for most, including Joe Lunardi, who didn't even have UCLA as one of his first six teams out. The reaction was quick and our experts didn't mince words.

Sorry guys, not this time

What about the teams that were left out? Temple and Colorado State garnered some sympathy and ESPN analyst Mark Adams did not agree with the omission of Murray State, which once had a 25-game win streak.

You can stop sweating now

These teams and their fans were nervous heading into Selection Sunday, but they took a deep exhale during the bracket reveal.

Seeds of controversy

As always, there was plenty of debate on how the committee seeded the field -- with Maryland alum Scott Van Pelt none too pleased about the Terrapins' 4-seed.

Dayton ... to Dayton?

Dayton wasn't considered a bubble team by anyone, but the committee had the Flyers as the last team in. Their consolation? They get to play at home! Tough break for Boise State.

Can anyone knock off Kentucky?

The Wildcats are the first major-conference team to enter the NCAA tournament unbeaten since 1976 Indiana. Does danger lurk for Big Blue in the Midwest region?

Potential matchups we'd love to see

When one is furiously filling out the bracket as its announced, it's only natural to look ahead and dream about potential games in the next few weeks.

Other thoughts

Our writers and analysts had a few other observations about the field and the job the committee did.