basketball-men-d1 flag | September 1, 2017

When does March Madness start?

March Madness, also known as the NCAA Division I men's basketball tournament, traditionally begins on Selection Sunday when the field of 68 teams that have made the field for that year's basketball championships are announced.

The next Selection Sunday is Sunday, March 11, 2018. 

The First Four games will be played March 13-14 in Dayton, Ohio.

Here are more key March Madness dates for 2018:

March Madness 2019 dates and schedule
Round Site 2019 Dates
Selection Sunday N/A March 17
First Four Dayton, OH March 19-20
1st/2nd Rounds Hartford, CT March 21/23
1st/2nd Rounds Salt Lake City, UT March 21/23
1st/2nd Rounds Des Moines, IA March 21/23
1st/2nd Rounds Jacksonville, FL March 21/23
1st/2nd Rounds Tulsa, OK March 22/24
1st/2nd Rounds Columbus, OH March 22/24
1st/2nd Rounds Columbia, SC March 22/24
1st/2nd Rounds San Jose, CA March 22/24
South Regional Louisville, KY March 28/30
West Regional Anaheim, CA March 28/30
East Regional Washington, D.C. March 29/31
Midwest Regional Kansas City, MO March 29/31
Final Four, National Championship Minneapolis, MN April 6/8

The field of 68 teams is determined by the Division I men's basketball committee. Their opinions -- developed through observations, discussions with coaches, directors of athletics and commissioners, and review and comparison of data -- ultimately determine selections, seeding and bracketing.

There are three phases to the process to determine the 68 teams for the tournament:
I. Select the 36 best at-large teams;
II. Seed the field of 68 teams; and
III. Place the teams into the championship bracket.

The women's teams who have made the NCAA tournament will be revealed on Monday, March 12.


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