It’s officially the first day of March. You know what that means.
Spring, St. Patrick’s Day, and of course, March Madness! The ultimate basketball tournament is on the horizon and literally millions of folks across the United States can’t wait for the action to begin.
How are the teams selected for the Tournament?
Teams have two different paths to earn a bid to the NCAA tournament.
The first is the simplest, win! The 32 Division I conference winners all receive an automatic bid to the big dance. That is one of the reasons this tourney is so great.
Even if a team has a subpar regular season, all they need to do is win their conference tournament and they receive a bid to the NCAA Tournament. These teams are known as automatic qualifiers.
The second avenue for an invitation is an at-large bid.
A team of NCAA experts known as the selection committee gathers on Selection Sunday and puts together a list of teams of which they believe have made a strong case to make it to the NCAA Tournament.
While the committee never officially reveals the method to their madness, usually a team with over 20 wins – and a signature win or two gets some serious consideration.
When is the March Madness 2020 bracket released?
It’s already becoming the talk of the town for sports fans.
March Madness is coming. In just two weeks from today, fans will know which teams will be in the annual Big Dance and which teams will be looking forward to next season for a fresh start.
Just like the Super Bowl each year, March Madness draws in millions of fans and non-sports fans alike.
With the annual March Madness brackets popping up soon, even the most novice or non-interested sports fan loves to join in on the fun.
So just when will you be able to start filling out those brackets?
When is Selection Sunday?
All 68 teams and the squads they will face will be announced on Sunday, March 15, 2020.
On that day, better known as Selection Sunday, each team’s seed, first-round opponent and start time will be revealed.
The bracket they will play in (East, West, South or Midwest) will also be known.
Last season, the Final Four was made up of the Michigan State Spartans, Texas Tech Red Raiders, Virginia Cavaliers and Auburn Tigers.
In the end, it was the Virginia Cavaliers taking home the top prize after defeating Texas Tech in the NCAA title game by the final score of 85-77.
As of this report, the odds of the Cavaliers’ chance of repeating as champions are not that good.
Vegas Insider currently has Virginia listed at 80/1 to win the national championship this April in Atlanta.
The current favorites are the Kansas Jayhawks, Duke Blue Devils, Gonzaga Bulldogs, and Baylor Bears.
Kansas is listed at No. 1 with 6/1 odds while Duke and Gonzaga are both sitting at 7/1. The Baylor Bears are currently 8/1.
According to NCAA.com, fans will be able to watch Selection Sunday unfold live as all 68 teams will be revealed on TBS starting at 6 p.m. ET.