This year, the madness begins with Selection Sunday 2016!
Watch on Sunday, March 13, 2016 as college basketball team match-ups are officially announced during a nationwide broadcast at 6PM ET on CBS and ESPN.
Once the highly-anticipated Selection Sunday announcement is made, the big dance begins with a month-long battle of skill, determination, and dazzling performances by top competing college teams.
From the announcement of the initial 64 teams — to eliminations that determine the Sweet 16 to the Elite 8 — all the action leads to the Final Four and the ultimate championship game played at NRG Stadium in Houston, TX on Sunday, April 4, 2016.
2016 March Madness TV coverage
The NCAA's television deal with CBS Sports and Turner Sports (TBS, TNT and truTV) means that the two top broadcasters continued to have dibs on the rights to televise the NCAA Tournament games until 2024.
Watch for the First Four round to air exclusively on truTV beginning on March 15, 2016.
Sharing first and second round coverage will be TNT, TBS, and TruTV. Thereafter, the regional semifinals (Sweet Sixteen and Elite Eight) will air on TBS and CBS with the ultimate Championship game airing on TBS on April 4, 2016 in primetime.
Meanwhile, the madness continues to spread worldwide when Canadian audiences tune in to live broadcasts on TSN. Across the pond, European fans can watch on ESPN America while Australia usually catches the madness on select telecasts on ONE HD.
NCAA TV SCHEDULE (ALL TIMES EASTERN)
NCAA Championship Game
Monday, April 4 - Villanova are the 2016 NCAA Men's Basketball Champions
Villanova 77, North Carolina 74 - FINAL
Saturday, April 2
Villanova 95, Oklahoma 51 - FINAL North Carolina 83, Syracuse 66 - FINAL
Saturday, March 26
Oklahoma 80, Oregon 68 - FINAL Villanova 64, Kansas 59 - FINAL
Sunday, March 27
Syracuse 68, Virginia 62 - FINAL North Carolina 88, Notre Dame 74 - FINAL
Friday, March 25
Virginia 84, Iowa State 71 - FINAL Notre Dame 61, Wisconsin 56 - FINAL Syracuse 63, Gonzaga 60 - FINAL North Carolina 101, Indiana 86 - FINAL
Thursday, March 24
Villanova 92, Miami 69 - FINAL Oklahoma 77, Texas A&M 63 - FINAL Kansas 79, Maryland 63 - FINAL Oregon 82, Duke 68 - FINAL
Sunday, March 20, 2016
Villanova 87 Iowa 68 - FINAL Notre Dame 76, Stephen F. Austin 75 - FINAL Oklahoma 85, VCU 81 - FINAL Syracuse 75, Middle Tennessee 50 - FINAL Maryland 73, Hawaii 60 - FINAL Texas A&M 92, Northern Iowa 88 - FINAL Wisconsin 66, Xavier 63 - FINAL Oregon 69, Saint Joseph's 64 - FINAL
Saturday, March 19, 2016
Miami 65, Wichita State 57 - FINAL Duke 71, Yale 64 - FINAL Indiana 73, Kentucky 67 - FINAL Iowa State 78, Arkansas-Little Rock 61 - FINAL Virginia 77 Butler 69 - FINAL Kansas 73, UConn 61 - FINAL Gonzaga 82, Utah 59 - FINAL North Carolina 85, Providence 66 - FINAL
ROUND OF 64 FINAL SCORES
Thursday, March 17, 2016
Duke 93, UNC Wilmington 85 - FINAL Butler 71, Texas Tech 61 - FINAL UConn 74, Colorado 67 - FINAL Iowa State 94, Iona 81 - FINAL Yale 79, Baylor 75 - FINAL Virginia 81, Hampton 45 - FINAL Kansas 105, Austin Peay 79 - FINAL Arkansas Little-Rock 85, Purdue 83 - FINAL Miami 79 vs. Buffalo 72 - FINAL Indiana 99, Chattanooga 74 - FINAL North Carolina 83, Florida Gulf Coast 67 - FINAL Utah 80, Fresno State 69 - FINAL Wichita State 65, Arizona 55 - FINAL Kentucky 85, Stony Brook 57 - FINAL Providence College 70, Southern California 69 - FINAL Gonzaga 68, Seton Hall 52 - FINAL
Friday, March 18, 2016
Syracuse 70, Dayton 51 - FINAL Villanova 86, UNC Asheville 56 - FINAL VCU 75, Oregon State 67 - FINAL Hawaii 77, California 66 - FINAL Middle Tennessee St. 90, Michigan State 81 - FINAL Iowa 72, Temple 70 - FINAL Oklahoma 82, CSU Bakersfield, 68 - FINAL Maryland 79, South Dakota State 74 - FINAL Wisconsin 47, Pittsburgh, 43 - FINAL Stephen F. Austin 70, West Virginia, 56 - FINAL Texas A&M 92, UW-Green Bay 65 - FINAL Oregon 91, Holy Cross 52 - FINAL Xavier 71, Weber St. 53 - FINAL Notre Dame 70, Michigan 63 - FINAL Northern Iowa, 75, Texas 72 - FINAL Saint Joseph's 78, vs. Cincinnati 76 - FINAL
2016 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
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.
March Madness 2016 NCAA.com - The official site for ticket information, the latest updates,
scores, ranking and related pictures, videos, and feature stories, interviews
Basketball - CBS Sports - The official network TV station with headline reports & predictions, opinion
and news, plus the latest scores at a glance and key dates for major games.
Yahoo! NCAA College Basketball - Check out all the stats, brackets, news and analysis with a few extras that
may help with your bracket selections... or help you understand why your teams
did - or didn't - come through for you. Experts, blogs and videos for in depth
looks at the teams, coaches and players...