Which Schools Will Seahawks Players Support During March Madness?

The Seahawks have plenty of ties to the 2017 NCAA men's basketball tournament. Find out which school your favorite NFL players will be backing this March.

Check out which Seahawks players will have a rooting interest in the 2017 NCAA men's basketball tournament.

The 2017 NCAA men's basketball tournament tips off this week with a pair of "First Four" play-in games between schools competing for a spot in the March Madness field's 64-team First Round. 

Spokane's Gonzaga Bulldogs are the state of Washington's lone representative this year, with head coach Mark Few's 32-win and one-loss squad claiming the West Region's No. 1 seed. Gonzaga faces off against the South Dakota State Jackrabbits on Thursday, March 16, while the No 3-seeded Oregon Ducks — the only other school with Pacific Northwest ties to make the tournament — readies for a contest with the Iona Gaels on Friday, March 17. 

If you're looking for a team to root for and can't bring yourself to get behind Gonzaga or Oregon, browsing Seattle's roster will give you a good idea of which tournament-bound teams some of your favorite NFL players will be backing, and at this time of year, it's plenty acceptable to hop aboard a school's bandwagon.

Twenty-six names on the Seahawks' website roster — which admittedly includes a few players not under contract with free agency opening last week — have a collegiate tie to this year's big dance. It's a number that includes the tournament's "First Four" play-in games, and a list that features players like quarterback Russell Wilson (Wisconsin) and strong safety Kam Chancellor (Virginia Tech), athletes whose alma maters happen to be matching up in round one, as well as tight end Jimmy Graham (Miami, Fla.), who played college hoops for the Hurricanes and helped lead the team to the second round of the 2008 NCAA men's basketball tournament.

Below, take a look at which Seahawks players' schools are represented this year. You can check out a complete tournament bracket and view this year's schedule and broadcast information over at CBSSports.com

EAST REGION

No. 4 Florida: LB Ronald Powell, RB Kelvin Taylor

No. 5 Virginia:C Ross Burbank 

No. 8 Wisconsin:WR Tanner McEvoy, QB Russell Wilson

No. 9 Virginia Tech:SS Kam Chancellor

No. 11 USC:RB Tre Madden, LB Mike Morgan

  • "First Four" play-in game

MIDWEST REGION

No. 3 Oregon:FB Will Tukuafu, TE Brandon Williams

No. 4 Purdue:DE Cliff Avril, TE Brandon Cottom

No. 5 Iowa State:DT Ahtyba Rubin

No. 7 Michigan:DE Frank Clark 

No. 8 Miami, Fla.: TE Jimmy Graham, WR Devin Hester

No. 15 Jacksonville State:RB Troymaine Pope

SOUTH REGION

No. 2 Kentucky:TE Ronnie Shields

No. 3 UCLA:DE Cassius Marsh

No. 8 Arkansas:RB Alex Collins

No. 11 Kansas State:WR Tyler Lockett

  • "First Four" play-in game

No. 11 Wake Forest:DE Tylor Harris 

  • "First Four" play-in game

WEST REGION

No. 3 Florida State:WR Rodney Smith

No. 4 West Virginia:G Mark Glowinski

No. 5 Notre Dame:RB C.J. Prosise

No. 6 Maryland:DT Quinton Jefferson

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