Everyone is marking March Madness as part of their sports calendars but everyone will still have to wait as the selection committee has yet to convene on March 13 to do the selection process for both the men’s and women’s bracket.
This year’s selection committee includes University of Oklahoma Athletic Director Joe Castiglione (chairman), Wake Forest University Athletic Director Ron Wellman, Louisiana State University Director of Athletics Joe Alleva, University of Pittsburg Athletic Director Scott Barnes, Big Sky Conference Commissioner Doug Fullerton, Michigan State University Athletic Director Mark Hollis, Conference USA Executive Associate Commissioner Judy MacLeod, Creighton University Athletic Director Bruce Rasmussen, Northeastern University Athletic Director Peter Roby and Brigham University Athletic Director Tom Holme.
The committee will determine the 68 teams in the men’s division and 64 teams in the women’s division will enter the tournament dubbed as “March Madness.” It will also show the team’s seeding and match up brackets.
Thirty-two teams gain automatic entry through winning their conference’s championship. The remaining teams (36 men’s, 32 women’s) rely on the selection committee to award them a spot in the tournament.
To avoid conflict of interest, committee members must leave the room when their own school is being discussed – or schools in the case of the conference commissioners. The member may be invited to answer factual questions regarding their team. An athletic director may be present when other schools from his or her conference are discussed, but he or she may only speak if asked.
After the selection process, the tournament formally opens with the First Four that will take place on March 15 and 16 at the University of Daytona Arena, Daytona, Ohia with the University of Daytona as hosts. Then the First and Second Rounds will be from March 17 to 19 at the Dunkin Donuts Center, Providence, Rhode Island (Host: Providence College); Wells Fargo Arena, Des Moines, Iowa (Host: Iowa State University); PNC Arena, Raleigh, North Carolina (Host: North Carolina State University); and at Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado (Host Mountain West Conference).
For the March 18 to 20, games will be at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York (Host: Atlantic 10 Conference); Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Missouri (Host: Missouri Valley Conference); Chesapeake Energy Area in Oklahoma City (Host: Big 12 Conference); and Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena in Spokane, Washington (Host: University of Idaho).
The regional semifinals and finals or known as the Sweet 16 and Elite Eight will be on March 24 and 26 with the South Regionals at the KFC Yum Center in Louisville, Kentucky (Host: University of Louisville) while the West regional will be at Honda Center in Anaheim, California (Host: Big West Conference).
The East Regional and Midwest Regional will be on March 25 and 27 and will be played at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Host: La Salle University) and United Center in Chicago, Illinois (Host: Big Ten Conference).
For the Final Four and Championship it is set on April 2 and 4 at the NGR Stadium in Houston, Texas with Rice University, Texas Southern University and University of Houston as hosts.
CBS has announced that they will be airing the Selection Sunday and will follow the Big Ten tournament games.
CBS also stated that the will be streaming the Selection Show via NCAA March Madness Live app on any device. CBS and Turner are in their sixth year of partnership in broadcasting the NCAA Tournament. This year’s Final Four will be televised on TBS on April 2. TBS will also air the national championship game on April 4.
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