Get ready! On March 13, the committees for the NCAA Tournament will get together to decide who will be taking part in March Madness. But what is Selection Sunday and what else do you need to know the competition? Click here for the full details!
Selection Sunday is nearly upon us! This is when the NCAA Tournament’s committees for both the mens and women’s game meet to decide who will be competing in this year’s eagerly-anticipated basketball championship. But when is it and what else do you need to know? Click down to learn more!
What time does Selection Sunday start and where can I watch?
Selection Sunday is on March 13. You can watch it on NCAA.com, or if you prefer to watch it on the TV, CBS will be airing a 2-hour broadcast starting from 5.30 p.m. EST. It’s an exciting process you won’t want to miss, and will already get you thinking about your bracket!
Where is Selection Sunday taking place? Who’s hosting the show?
Greg Gumbel will be hosting the show at the CBS Broadcast Center in New York alongside Ernie Johnson. They will be joined by pundits Clark Kellogg, Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith, Seth Davis and Doug Gottlieb, who will all be on hand to break it all down for you.
When and where are the games going to be played?
The first four will take place between March 15-16. Then, the first round and second rounds will take place on March 17 and 19 at the Wells Fargo Arena, Des Moines, Iowa; PNC Arena, Raleigh, N.C.; Pepsi Center, Denver; Dunkin Donuts Center, Providence, R.I. As well as on March 18 and 20 at Barclays Center, Brooklyn, N.Y.; Scottrade Center, St. Louis; Chesapeak Energy Center, Oklahoma City; Veterans Memorial Arena, Spokane, Wash. After that, the West Regional will happen March 24, 26 Honda Center, Anaheim, Calif. While the East Regional will occur on March 25, 27 Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pa. Finally, the big one the final four will take place April 2, 4 at the NRG Stadium, Houston, Texas.
How does the seeding and bracketing process work?
The committee will select 36 of the best teams that haven’t already qualified for their respective conferences to fill the at-large berths. The committee can select any number of teams from one conference to fill the at-large teams spots. All votes are made during a secret ballot. The committee eventually will decide who the best 8 seeds are with another vote from the teams that have already qualified and the at-large selections.
How is the bracket built?
There are 16 levels created comprised of the seeds, 1 though to 16, across 4 regions. Then, each region is divided into four quadrants of four levels. After that, the committee has the task of assigning all four teams in each bracket group with the same first and second round site. Two pods will feature at the end of the first and second round sites that may go into different regional sites.
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