Reading While Eating for Mar. 18: March Madness Arrives

In today's must-read links for your lunch break: everything you need to know about the upcoming N.C.A.A. tournament.

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Louisville Cardinals players celebrate on the bench against the Syracuse Orange during the final of the Big East Men's Basketball Tournament at Madison Square Garden on March 16.

Louisville Named Top Overall Seed in 68-Team Field. Defending national champs Kentucky did not make the cut and will instead play in the National Invitational Tournament. (ESPN)

Other Tournament Snubs. The Wildcats weren’t the only at-large hopefuls to miss the cut—Alabama, Maryland and Virginia also fell just short this year. (Sports Illustrated)

Bracket Advice From Nate Silver. Unlike last year, when Kentucky was considered the heavy favorite, this season has seen increased parity throughout the N.C.A.A. (FiveThirtyEight)

Five Tips for Filling Out Your Bracket. Other than just listening to whatever Nate Silver says, which is always the top tip for any sort of prediction-making endeavor. (New York Magazine)

Not Filling Out a Bracket This Year? Here’s a personality-based rooting guide for the opening rounds of the tournament, which kicks off with four play-in games tomorrow. (BuzzFeed)

Steubenville Rape Guilty Verdict: The Case That Social Media Won. A look at the role that Instagram, YouTube and text-messaging played in convicting a pair of Ohio high school football players. (TIME.com)

Ten Takes on the Pontiff in Pop Culture. Actually somewhat surprising that there aren’t more prominent pope portrayals out there. (Flavorwire)

Eight Fun Facts About the Irish Language. Now you might be able to make sense of some of the things you heard being shouted and/or sung over the weekend. (mental_floss)

A 100% Supplement-Based Diet. It involves the frequent drinking of a beige-colored drink called “Soylent,” so there’s that. (The Daily What)

A Fourth History of Rap. On the last night of “JT Week” at Late Night, Timberlake and Fallon serenaded the audience with the latest installment of their hip-hop medley. (YouTube)