Watch for madness to begin when the highly-anticipated Selection Sunday announcement is made on Sunday, March 16, 2014 as college basketball team match-ups are officially broadcast at 6PM ET on CBS.
Then it's on to the national championship during 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 ultimately leads to the Final Four games and the annual championship played at Cowboy Stadium in Arlington Texas on April 7, 2014.
2014 March Madness schedule
Selection Sunday -- March 16, 2014
First Round March 18-19, 2014 -- UD Arena (Dayton, Ohio)
Second-Third Rounds March 20, 22 --
First Niagara Center (Buffalo, N.Y.); BMO Harris Bradley Center (Milwaukee); Amway Center (Orlando, Fla.); Veterans Memorial Arena (Spokane, Wash.) Second-Third Rounds March 21, 23 -- PNC Arena (Raleigh, N.C.); AT&T Center (San Antonio); Viejas Arena (San Diego; Scottrade Center (St. Louis)
South Regional March 27, 29 -- FedExForum (Memphis, Tenn.)
West Regional March 27, 29 Honda Center (Anaheim, Calif.) East Regional March 28, 30 -- Madison Square Garden (New York City) Midwest Regional March 28, 30 -- Lucas Oil Stadium (Indianapolis) National Semifinals April 5 -- Cowboys Stadium (Arlington, Texas) Championship Game April 7 -- Cowboys Stadium (Arlington, Texas)
2014 March Madness TV coverage
As usual, the NCAA's recent television deal with CBS Sports and Turner Sports (TBS, TNT and truTV) means the two top broadcasters own the rights to televise the NCAA Tournament games until 2024.
This year, the madness spreads worldwide when Canada tunes into live broadcasts on TSN. Meanwhile, European fans can watch on ESPN America as Australia catches the crazy on select telecasts on ONE HD.
2014 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 cancelled games.
2013 March Madness rewind
2013 NCAA National Championship FINAL SCORE
Mon April 8
Louisville 82, Michigan 76
FINAL FOUR Final Scores
Sat April 6
Louisville 72, Wichita St. 68
Michigan 61, Syracuse 56
ELITE 8 Final Scores
Sat March 30
Syracuse 55, Marquette 39
Wichita St. 70, Ohio St. 66
Sun March 31
Michigan 79, Florida 59
Louisville 85, Duke 63
SWEET 16 Final Scores
Fri March 29
Louisville 77, Oregon
Michigan 87, Kansas 85
Duke 71, Michigan St. 61
Florida 62, FL Gulf Coast 50
Thurs March 28
Marquette 71, Miami 61
Ohio St. 73, Arizona 70
Syracuse 61, Indiana 50
Wichita St. 72, LaSalle 58
Madness Trivia & Fun Facts
The fans and players aren't the only ones who go a little crazy.
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 6 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 4 titles, the most recent in a nail biter over Butler in 2010.
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.
about March Madness around the Web:
March Madness 2014 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 - This site has 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...