In this Wednesday edition of Niners Daily, we give a San Francisco 49ers flare to the NCAA Basketball Tournament.
**For three weeks beginning Thursday, March Madness will take center stage in the sports world. Sixty-four teams will slowly be whittled down to one, with the Final Four taking place in Indianapolis this year.
Many 49ers will have a strong rooting interest no matter how they filled out their bracket. By our count, 25 players boast alma maters that cracked the field.
Colin Kaepernick's college team, Nevada, did not make the tourney, but this seems like a good time to remind you of this mildly impressive dunk he threw down on Monday.
Below is the full list of schools and their respective seeds.
6 seed – Southern Methodist – CB Kenneth Acker
8 seed – San Diego State Aztecs – CB Leon McFadden
15 seed – North Dakota State Bison – S Craig Dahl
2 seed – Virginia Cavaliers – LB Ahmad Brooks and CB Chris Cook
3 seed – Oklahoma Sooners – FB Trey Millard
7 seed – Michigan State Spartans – TE Garrett Celek and G Fouimalo Fonoti
8 seed – North Carolina State Wolfpack – CB Dontae Johnson
9 seed – LSU Tigers – NT Glenn Dorsey, S Eric Reid and WR Trindon Holliday
10 seed – Georgia Bulldogs – DT Garrison Smith
12 seed – Wyoming Cowboys – DT Mike Purcell
1 seed – Wisconsin Badgers – CB Marcus Cromartie
9 seed – Oklahoma State Cowboys – RB Kendall Hunter
10 seed – Ohio State Buckeyes – G Alex Boone and RB Pierre Garçon
16 seed – Coastal Carolina Chanticleers – WR Jerome Simpson
3 seed – Notre Dame Fighting Irish – NT Ian Williams
4 seed – Maryland Terrapins – WR Torrey Smith and TE Vernon Davis
11 seed – Texas Longhorns – K Phil Dawson
15 seed – New Mexico State Aggies – CB Cameron Fuller and LS Kyle Nelson
Which 49ers player has the best chance of seeing his school cut down the nets as National Champions?
If any of the above teams are to take home the crown, they'll likely have to go through former 49ers wide reciever Stevie Johnson's unbeaten Kentucky squad.
In a Round of 64 game on Thursday, Dontae Johnson's NC State team takes on Dorsey, Reid and Holliday's LSU Tigers.
On Friday, Simpson's alma mater Coastal Carolina will try to become the first 16 seed to ever beat a number one seed when it takes on Cromartie's Wisconsin squad. Whichever school wins that contest could face Hunter's OSU Cowboys for a spot in the Sweet 16.
The other opening-round matchup between 49ers players pits Celek and Fouimalo's MSU team against Smith's Georgia Bulldogs for the right to likely take on Brooks and Cook's Virginia Cavaliers in the Round of 32.