Arenas and stadiums across the country are making last-minute preparations for the biggest event of the year in college basketball as the NCAA Championships are beginning this week.


How many brackets will you fill out this year? How many PTO days will you be taking? Will you be wearing blue and gold this Friday?

Compared between the Associated Press Top 25 and the Coaches Poll, the two only see eye-to-eye on the first three teams. After that, the final women's college basketball rankings vary.

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The first round of the 2023 NCAA Championships has #9 South Dakota State University women taking on #8 USC Friday at 7:00 PM from Cassell Coliseum in Blacksburg, Virginia.

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The Lady Jackrabbits enter the tournament 28-5 after taking down St. Thomas, Oral Roberts, and Omaha for the Summit League Championship.

Women's NCAA Tournament Bracket 2023

Men's NCAA Tournament Bracket 2023

30 famous people you might not know were college athletes

Stacker dug deep to find 30 celebrities who were previously college athletes. There are musicians, politicians, actors, writers, and reality TV stars. For some, an athletic career was a real, promising possibility that ultimately faded away due to injury or an alternate calling. Others scrapped their way onto a team and simply played for fun and the love of the sport. Read on to find out if your favorite actor, singer, or politician once sported a university jersey.

LOOK: 50 images of winning moments from sports history

Sometimes images are the best way to honor the figures we've lost. When tragedy swiftly reminds us that sports are far from the most consequential thing in life, we can still look back on an athlete's winning moment that felt larger than life, remaining grateful for their sacrifice on the court and bringing joy to millions.

Read on to explore the full collection of 50 images Stacker compiled showcasing various iconic winning moments in sports history. Covering achievements from a multitude of sports, these images represent stunning personal achievements, team championships, and athletic perseverance.

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