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Four things every fans should know for March Madness
Four networks will air every game nationally
• For the first time ever, every tournament game will be carried live nationally in its entirety across CBS, TBS, TNT or truTV.
Fans get to catch more buzzer-beaters
• The new broadcast schedule allows the viewer to be the programmer by watching and switching between all of the game action across the four networks. The new format features staggered start times, extended programming hours across the networks and give viewers the ability to watch more live game action throughout the day.
The First Four tips off 68-team tournament coverage
• The tournament features 31 automatic qualifiers and 37 at-large teams. After the field is determined, the teams will be seeded 1 through 68 and then placed in the bracket using the principles and procedures found on NCAA.com.
The tournament will begin with eight teams competing in the First Four, with two games being played March 15 and two on March 16, all live in primetime on truTV. Four of those teams will be the last four at-large teams selected to the field. Their seeds, and who their second-round opponent will be, are not determined until Selection Sunday. The other four teams will be automatic qualifiers, seeded 65 through 68 on the overall seed list. The two winning teams will then advance to the second round as No. 16 seeds that will face top-seeded teams.
NCAA March Madness On-Demand will be back and better than before
• One of the most popular sports platforms, MMOD will return this year free to fans and with the addition of exciting new features to be unveiled soon, making it a must-stop destination throughout the tournament.