All You Need to Know About March Madness Bracket
The annual men’s NCAA college basketball tournament commonly referred to as March Madness, is coming soon. Teams around the country are finishing up their conference tournaments in preparation for the Big Dance. Here is what you need to know about this year’s March Madness Brackets.
How do you fill out the NCAA tournament bracket for the online bracket challenge?
1. Print out a bracket
2. Do a lot of preliminary analysis team by team record
3. Select the winners for each game and pick
4. Keep rail of the games and fill out the winners on your bracket.
5. Keep following some of these historical trends.
6. Sign up now for NCAA bracket challenge
The 68 teams that will make up the NCAA tournament bracket will be chosen by the Selection Committee on Sunday, March 15. There are 32 conferences each holding an end-of-season tournament. The winners of those tournaments receive an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.
The remaining 36 teams are chosen “at-large” by the committee. They are chosen using key identifiers such as overall record, the strength of schedule, quality of wins and losses, and more.
March Madness begins with the First Four on Tuesday, March 17, and Wednesday, March 18. The four lowest-ranked at-large teams and the four lowest automatic bid teams playoff to determine which teams advance to the First Round. All four games are played at the University of Dayton Arena.
First & Second Rounds
The teams are divided into four regions – East, West, South, and Midwest. The teams are seeded No. 1 through No. 16. In each region, the top-seeded team plays the No. 16 seed. The No. 2 faces No. 15 and so on.
All of the first and second-round games in each region are played at one location. For example, in the East Region, all games are played at the Times Union Center in Albany, New York. All games are played over the course of four days – March 19 through March 22.
Sweet 16 & Elite 8
The sixteen teams that advance past the first weekend of play are known as the Sweet Sixteen. All of the regional semifinals and finals also are played at one location. In the East, these games will be played at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
The teams that win their regional semifinal are known as the Elite 8 and play for their respective regional championship. The winners then earn a trip to the Final Four. All of these games will be played over the four days from March 26 through March 29.
This year’s Final Four will be held at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia. The tournament is set up so that the team from the top-ranked No. 1 seed’s region will play against the champion of the fourth-ranked No. 1 seed’s region. The winner of the second-ranked No. 1 seed’s region faces the winner of the third-ranked No. 1 seed’s region.