When Does the NCAA Tournament Start?
- Author: Latoya Cobb Mar 10, 2018,
Mar 10, 2018, 1:21
The 68 teams in the NCAA Tournament will be revealed in the first 10 minutes of the selection show Sunday, and then the brackets and pairings will be unveiled one region at a time.
"I think teams will appreciate getting the information as fast as possible", Craig Barry, executive vice president and chief content officer at Turner Sports, told USA TODAY Sports.
Both teams open play in Thursday's quarterfinals in New York's Madison Square Garden, with Xavier facing the St. John's-Georgetown victor and Villanova facing the DePaul-Marquette victor. If you do want to make more informed decisions, there are resources out there to assist you.
Teams in the Elite 8 round will play in regional finals in those same four cities. You can also stream every game on March Madness Live.
UCLA (Last 4 In)- UCLA needed a win over USC to close the season, and they got it.
Notre Dame (Out)- The Irish are an interesting story, since they have been without their best player Bonzie Colson, who has been injured. Because of that match-up, this is must-win game for Alabama, or else they will have about a 50/50 shot to make the tournament. Will that hurt Florida?
You may not have heard of Martin, but the Mountain West tournament will give him the chance to introduce himself to a wider audience.
Expect a renewed focus from coach Dan Hurley's squad and a return to the form that produced a 16-game win streak midway through the season. The tournament sees the top NCAA Division I men's basketball teams face-off against each other through a single-elimination, seven-round tournament. Therefore, the SEC bubble teams will be rooting for the Hokies in that contest. The Big 12, Pac-12 and Southeastern Conference open play Wednesday along with the Big East; the American Athletic Conference Tournament starts Thursday. Of course, a couple of scenarios could change things.
Not only does March, most importantly, bring the Madness of the college basketball conference and NCAA tournaments, but nearly every college and pro sport that I keep up with is competing.
What is March Madness and how do teams get in? The other 32 teams are conference tournament champions who get automatic spots to play.
Missouri is an intriguing team to watch this week for a number of different reasons. Our ratings will be determined by how good the games are and which teams win. The potential top-five pick would give the Tigers a major mismatch on the offensive end and a lot of size on the defensive end. Could they do it again in the AAC Tournament? Most of the players in this SEC tournament field don't have significant postseason experience.
College basketball's signature event will be played while the sport is roiled in scandal.
- Michael Porter Jr.'s health: We still aren't sure if Porter Jr. will even play during the SEC tournament and how he will look if he does. They're No. 1 in the RPI and in KenPom and own a 9-1 record against Quadrant 1 opponents (home games vs. teams ranked 1-30 in RPI, neutral games vs. 1-50 and away games vs. 1-75). Rhode Island will make the NCAA tourney regardless of if it wins the A-10 title, but the Rams want the best seed possible and will play with that goal in mind.
This year, the SEC has a few teams on the bubble, according to ESPN bracketology expert Joe Lunardi.