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March Madness updates
2016 Viewable March Madness Bracket

2016 Printable March Madness BracketNCAA Men's Division I Bracket

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2015 Printable March Madness BracketNCAA Men's Division I Bracket

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

march madness on tnt, tbs, cbs, tru tv,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

FINAL FOUR

Saturday, April 2

Villanova 95, Oklahoma 51 - FINAL
North Carolina 83, Syracuse 66 - FINAL

ELITE 8

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

SWEET 16

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.

ncaa march madness ticketsMeanwhile, 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

The 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.

But 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 are:

  • UCLA with 11 championships;

  • Kentucky who won the March Madness games 7 times;

  • Indiana with 5 Big Dance victories;

  • North 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.

Although past 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.


also see -> Fantasy Basketball | NBA playoffs | NBA draft


More about March Madness around the Web:

March Madness 2016 NCAA.com - The official site for ticket information, the latest updates, scores, ranking and related pictures, videos, and feature stories, interviews and more.

NCAA 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...

NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship - Wikipedia's excellent overview of March Madness with tons of stats, facts and incredible depth of trivia answers.

 

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