This year, the madness begins with Selection Sunday 2015!
Watch on Sunday, March 15, 2015 as college basketball team match-ups are officially announced during a nationwide broadcast at 6PM ET on CBS.
Once the highly-anticipated Selection Sunday announcement is made, the crazy really 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 Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana on Sunday, April 6, 2015.
2014 March Madness TV coverage
The NCAA's television deal with CBS Sports and Turner Sports (TBS, TNT and truTV) meant that the two top broadcasters continued to have dibs on the rights to televise the NCAA Tournament games until 2024.
Headin into the final, the Sweet Sixteen games are scheduled to be televised by CBS and TBS, followed by the Elite Eight airing exclusively on TBS
Sharing Final Four coverage will be TNT, TBS, and TruTV with the Championship game airing on CBS on April 6
This year, the madness continues to spread worldwide when Canada tunes into live broadcasts on TSN. Across the pond, European fans can watch on ESPN America while Australia catches the madness on select telecasts on ONE HD.
2015 March Madness game locations
First Four - March 17 and 18
University of Dayton Arena, Dayton, Ohio
Second Round - March 19 and 21
Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena, Jacksonville, Florida
KFC Yum! Center, Louisville, Kentucky
Consol Energy Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Moda Center, Portland, Oregon
Third Round - March 20 and 22
Time Warner Cable Arena, Charlotte, North Carolina
Nationwide Arena, Columbus, Ohio
CenturyLink Center Omaha, Omaha, Nebraska
KeyArena, Seattle, Washington
Sweet Sixteen - March 26 and 28
Midwest Regional, Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio
West Regional, Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
Elite Eight - March 27 and 29
East Regional, Carrier Dome, Syracuse, New York
South Regional, NRG Stadium, Houston, Texas
Final Four and Championship Game
April 4 and 6
Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana
2015 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.
2014 NCAA Championship Recap - UCONN Takes It!
The outcome was a highly improbable #8 seed Kentucky going up against #7 UConn (they don't call it The Madness for nothing)
The winner? It was UConn who took it 60-54 to become the only #7 seed ever to claim victory in an NCAA final.
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 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.
The fans and players aren't the only ones who go a little crazy.
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 2015 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...