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2023 March Madness Bracket

2023 Printable March Madness BracketNCAA Men's Division I Bracket

2022 March Madness Bracket

2022 Printable March Madness BracketNCAA Men's Division I Bracket

We all discovered which of 68 teams will participate in the "Big Dance" when they were announced on Selection Sunday, March 12, 2023.

This year's madness kicks off with the First Four games in Dayton on Tuesday, March 14 and Wednesday, March 15 (see schedule, below).

With matches set, the first round begins on Thursday, March 16. The second round kicks off that weekend on Saturday, March 18.

As the teams drill down to the favored few, watch for the Sweet Sixteen and Elite Eight matchups to happen the week after.

Wrapping it all up are the Final Four games in Houston on Saturday, April 1 and the championship game on Monday, April 3.

2023 March Madness top contenders

The Houston Cougars are currently the betting favorite in the March Madness odds market, with Alabama closely following, in a year with more competition at the top of the AP poll than ever.

Note: (In this year's Tournament of Upsets, Houston and Alabama are the only two No. 1 seeds left standing -- so far.)

Update: In the weekend's bracket-busting news was the decisive victory of No. 15 Princeton over No. 7 Missouri. followed by No. 8 Arkansas who beat No. 1 Kansas in a 72-71 squeaker.

Both Arkansas and Princton now go on to an extra-sweet Sweet 16 matchup on Thursday and Friday respectively.

Ah, the joy of March Madness. Stay tuned.



Just up ahead, check out the official broadcasters and dates and TV times as they become available, along with ticket information, March Madness trivia and fun facts, plus related resources around the web ...


2023 March Madness TV schedule

march madness on tnt, tbs, cbs, tru tv,As usual, the First Four rounds will air on truTV. 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 1) and the Championship game (Monday, April 3) to air exclusively on CBS.

Meanwhile, keep it here for times and TV channels along with team matchups and final scores for every game of the 2023 Men's NCAA basketball tournament.

Sweet 16    
DATE GAME TIME / TV
Thursday, March 23 No. 3 Kansas State vs. No. 7 Michigan State 6:30 p.m., TBS
  No. 4 UConn vs. No. 8 Arkansas 7:15 p.m., CBS
  No. 4 Tennessee vs. No. 9 Florida Atlantic 9 p.m., TBS
  No. 2 UCLA vs. No. 3 Gonzaga 9:45 p.m., CBS
DATE GAME TIME / TV
Friday, March 24 No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 5 San Diego State 6:30 p.m., TBS
  No. 1 Houston vs. No. 4 Miami 7:15 p.m., CBS
  No. 6 Creighton vs. No. 15 Princeton 9 p.m., TBS
  No. 2 Texas vs. No. 3 Xavier 9:45 p.m., CBS
Second round final scores  
DATE GAME  
Sunday, March 19 No. 3 Xavier 84, No. 11 Pittsburgh 73  
  No. 3 Kansas State 75, No. 6 Kentucky 69  
  No. 7 Michigan State 69, No. 2 Marquette 60  
  No. 4 UConn 70, No. 5 Saint Mary's 55  
  No. 6 Creighton 85, No. 3 Baylor 76  
  No. 9 Florida Atlantic 78, No. 16 FDU 70  
  No. 5 Miami (Fla.) 85, No. 4 Indiana 69  
  No. 3 Gonzaga 84, No. 6 TCU 81  
Second round final scores  
DATE GAME  
Saturday, March 18 No. 5 San Diego State 75, No. 13 Furman 52  
  No. 4 Tennessee 65, No. 5 Duke 52  
  No. 8 Arkansas 72, No. 1 Kansas vs. 71  
  No. 15 Princeton 78, No. 7 Missouri vs. 63  
  No. 1 Houston 81, No. 9 Auburn 64  
  No. 2 Texas 71, No. 10 Penn State 66  
  No. 2 UCLA 68, No. 7 Northwestern 63  
  No. 1 Alabama 73, No. 8 Maryland 51  
First round final scores    
DATE GAME  
Friday, March 17 (7) Michigan State 72, (10) USC 62  
  (3) Xavier 72, (14) Kennesaw State 67  
  (3) Baylor 74, (14) UC Stanta Barbara 56  
  (5) Saint Mary's 63, (12 ) VCU 51  
  (2) Marquette 78, (15) Vermont  
  (11) Pittsburgh 59, (6) Iowa State 41  
  (6) Creighton 72, (11) NC State 63  
  (4) UConn 87, (13) Iona 63  
  (16) Fairleigh Dickinson 63, (1) Purdue 58  
  (6) Kentucky 61, (11) Providence 53  
  (5) Miami 63, (12) Drake 56  
  (3) Gonzaga 82, (14) Grand Canyon 70  
  (9) FAU 66, (8) Memphis 65  
  (3) Kansas State 77, (14) Montana State 65  
  (4) Indiana 71, (13) Kent State 60  
  TCU 72, (11) Arizona State 70  
First Round final scores    
DATE GAME  
Thursday, March 16 (9) Maryland 67, (8) West Virginia 65  
  (13) Furman 68, (4) Virginia 67  
  (7) Missouri 76, (10) Utah State 65  
  (1) Kansas 96, (16) Howard 68  
  (1) Alabama 96, (16) Texas A&M - CC 75  
  (5) San Diego St. 63, (12) Charleston 57  
  (15) Princeton 59, (2) Arizona 55  
  (8) Arkansas 73, (9) Illinois 73  
  (9) Auburn 83, (8) Iowa 75  
  (5) Duke 74, (12) Oral Roberts 51  
  (2) Texas 81, (15) Colgate 61  
  (7) Northwestern 75, (10) Boise State 67  
  (1) Houston 63, (16) Northern Kentucky 52  
  (4) Tennessee 58, (13) Lousiana 55  
  (10) Penn State 76, (7) Texas A&M 59  
  (2) UCLA 86, (15) UNC Asheville 53  
First Four final scores    
DATE GAME  
Tuesday, March 14 Texas A&M-CC 75, SE Missouri State 71  
  Pittsburgh 60, Mississippi State 59  
Wednesday, March 15 Fairleigh Dickinson 84, Texas Southern 61  
  Arizona State 98, Nevada 73  

Thursday, March 23 (Sweet 16. All times Eastern)

TBD vs. TBD | 6:15 p.m. | TBS
TBD vs. TBD | 7 p.m. | CBS
TBD vs. TBD | 8:45 p.m. | TBS
TBD vs. TBD | 9:30 p.m. | CBS

Friday, March 24 (Sweet 16. All times Eastern)

TBD vs. TBD | 6:15 p.m. | TBS
TBD vs. TBD | 7 p.m. | CBS
TBD vs. TBD | 8:45 p.m. | TBS
TBD vs. TBD | 9:30 p.m. | CBS

Saturday, March 25 (Elite 8. All times Eastern)

TBD vs. TBD | 6 p.m. | TBS
TBD vs. TBD | 8:30 p.m. | TBS

Sunday, March 26 (Elite 8. All times Eastern)

TBD vs. TBD | 2 p.m. | CBS
TBD vs. TBD | 4:55 p.m. | CBS

Saturday, April 1 (Final Four. All times Eastern)

TBD vs. TBD | 6 p.m.| CBS
TBD vs. TBD | 8:30 p.m. | CBS

Monday, April 3 (National championship game).

TBD vs. TBD | 9 p.m. ET | CBS

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2023 DATES ROUND LOCATION VENUE
March 14-15 First Four Dayton, OH UD Arena
March 16 & 18 First/Second Rounds Birmingham, AL Legacy Arena
March 16 & 18 First/Second Rounds Des Moines, IA Wells Fargo Arena
March 16 & 18 First/Second Rounds Orlando, FL Amway Center
March 16 & 18 First/Second Rounds Sacramento, CA Golden 1 Center
March 17 & 19 First/Second Rounds Albany, NY MVP Arena
March 17 & 19 First/Second Rounds Columbus, OH Nationwide Arena
March 17 & 19 First/Second Rounds Denver, CO Ball Arena
March 17 & 19 First/Second Rounds Greensboro, NC Greensboro Coliseum
March 23 & 25 West Regional Las Vegas, NV T-Mobile Arena
March 23 & 25 East Regional New York, NY Madison Square Garden
March 24 & 26 Midwest Regional Kansas City, MO T-Mobile Center
March 24 & 26 South Regional Louisville, KY KFC Yum! Center
April 1 & 3 Final Four Houston, TX NRG Stadium


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 as venues are announced in March - whether its smaller college arenas, or mega-venues 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 in a slump or on a injury roster can mean a lower seed for a solid team.


also see -> NBA playoffs | NBA draft


More about March Madness around the Web:


March Madness 2023 NCAA.com
- Check out 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 - Here's headline reports & predictions, opinion and news, plus the latest scores at a glance and key dates for major games.

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

 

 
 

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