This year, the madness begins with Selection Sunday 2019.
On Sunday, March 17, 2019 college basketball team match-ups will be announced during a nationwide broadcast. This year, CBS takes over with the selection show airing at 6PM ET.
Then it's on to the big dance with CBS, TNT and TruTV joining in to televise every game from the first rounds to the championship game. Meanwhile, keep it here for the complete March Madness TV schedule beginning Tuesday, March 19 with First Four eliminations.
From the announcement of the initial 64 teams — to the Sweet 16 to the Elite 8 — all the action leads to the Final Four on April 6, followed by the ultimate do-or-die championship game played on Monday, April 8, 2019 at the US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.
2019 March Madness TV Schedule
Watch for the First Four round to air exclusively on truTV beginning on Tuesday, March 19, 2019.
Sharing first and second round coverage will be CBS, TNT, TBS, and truTV.
Thereafter, the Sweet 16 and Elite 8 rounds will air on TBS and CBS. Watch for the Final Four (Saturday, April 6) and the Championship game (Monday, April 8) to be televised exclusively on CBS in primetime.
Meanwhile, keep it here for the complete March Madness schedule of times, dates and TV channels when the crazy begins on March 19.
FINAL - NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Virginia 85, Texas Tech 77 - FINAL
Virginia defeats Purdue to go on to the Final Four in one of the best games of the tournament.
2019 March Madness tickets - watching the games live
The initial scramble for March Madness tickets for the first four, second/third round and regional games begins in late summer or fall of the year before.
Meanwhile, scoring tickets to local games means getting ready to pounce at venues where games will be played as they are announced in March - whether its smaller college arenas or mega-venus such as Madison Square Garden in New York City.
FINAL FOUR: For the most sought-after finals, the NCAA annually puts about 40% of allotted Final Four tickets up for grabs in a random selection process the year before. The rest are managed by their official partner, Prime Sport. They provide a safe venue for fans to swap or sell tickets for popular final game tickets. Don't forget that as the tournament heats up, prices can range anywhere from $30 and upwards to $15,000!
BUT BE CAREFUL OUT THERE: As usual, be wary of the unscrupulous ticket seller on Craig's list or any other person looking to score on the frenzy for March Madness tickets. Say no to cash payments and only use a credit card to have record of your purchase and to contest any argument. Pro Tip: Buy from reputable sites like StubHub and TicketsNow which offer guarantees for refunds or exchanges on ticket errors or canceled games.
March Madness trivia & fun facts
phrase March Madness was coined by Henry V. Porter in
1939 to describe an Illinois high school basketball tourney. Brent
Musburger first used it during NCAA coverage in 1982 causing a legal
battle almost as insane as the playoffs.
everyone finally worked things out and the madness was official.
There isn't a good record of who first called the playoffs "The
Big Dance", but it does describe the action.
The 5 schools
who have the winningest history in NCAA Division I Men's basketball
UCLA with 11 championships;
who won the March Madness games 7 times;
5 Big Dance victories;
Carolina outlasted all the other teams 4 times, including
their championship win in 2005, and
Duke with 5 titles, the most recent in a nail biter over Wisconsin in 2015.
history is no guarantee in this Cinderella-laced NCAA tournament,
number one seeds have won every time in the first round for the
past 16 years and number two seeds have only lost three first round
games... a 95% win average.
What makes the
brackets exciting are the number 13 and 14 seeds who came out winners
in the first round 20 times since 1992... a sweet 16% that leads
to dreams of glory. Watch for them in your brackets. Also look for teams
from smaller conferences or those who had a bad start to the season,
but got their game on during the last weeks to pull off an invitation.
A power player on a slump or injury roster who recovers can mean
a lower seed for a solid team.