The NCAA Tournament is here. Starting with a field of 68 teams, things will be whittled down to 64 before opening with the first round following the play-in games. After the Round of 32 and the Round of 16, things will move into the Elite 8 and Final Four before setting up the championship game.
The First Four Play-In Games: In the “First Four” games, Fairleigh Dickinson beat Prairie View A&M, while Belmont beat Temple to advance into the actual NCAA Tournament. In the other two play-in games are St. John’s lost to Arizona State, while NC Central lost against North Dakota State.
First Round and Second Round Tip-Off: Once the play-in games are done, the true First Round kicks off with a full slate of games on both Thursday, March 21, and Friday, March 22. Both days will have 16 games before the Second Round starts on Saturday, March 23 and continues on Sunday, March 24. Check here for a full schedule from NCAA.com.
TV Coverage: For the First and Second Rounds, TV coverage will be spread across a number of channels, with TNT, TBS, TruTV, and CBS broadcasting games. You also can watch and stream games on the NCAA Website and from CBS with “March Madness Live.”
Later Round Schedules: The Round of 16 and Elite 8 will take place from March 28-31. The South Regional will be in Louisville, KY; the West Regional will be in Anaheim, CA; The East Regional games will be in Washington, D.C.; and the Midwest Regional games will be in Kansas City, MO.
Final Four: The Final Four games will be on Saturday, April 6, at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, MN.
National Title Game: The National Championship Game will be on Monday, April 8, at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, MN.
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