With matches set, the first round begins on Thursday, March 19. The second round kicks off that weekend on Saturday, March 21.
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 at the State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona on Saturday, April 6 followed by the championship game on Monday, April 8
2024 March Madness key dates & locations
March 19 and 20
University of Dayton Arena, Dayton, Ohio (Host: University of Dayton)
FIRST & SECOND ROUNDS
March 21 and 23
Spectrum Center, Charlotte, North Carolina (Host: University of North Carolina at Charlotte)
CHI Health Center, Omaha, Nebraska (Host: Creighton University)
PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (Host: Duquesne University)
Vivint Arena, Salt Lake City, Utah (Host: University of Utah)
March 22 and 24
Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York (Host: Atlantic 10 Conference)
Gainbridge Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana (Host: IUPUI, Horizon League)
FedExForum, Memphis, Tennessee (Host: University of Memphis)
Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena, Spokane, Washington (Host: University of Idaho)
SWEET SIXTEEN & ELITE EIGHT
March 28 and 30
TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts (Host: Boston College)
Crypto.com Arena, Los Angeles, California (Host: Pepperdine University)
March 29 and 31
American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas (Host: Big 12 Conference)
Little Caesars Arena, Detroit, Michigan (Host: University of Detroit Mercy, Oakland University)
FINAL FOUR & CHAMPIONSHIP
April 6 and 8
State Farm Stadium, Glendale, Arizona (Host: Arizona State University)
2024 March Madness TV schedule
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 6) and the Championship game (Monday, April 8) to air exclusively on TBS this year.
Meanwhile, keep it here for complete times and TV channels along with team matchups and final scores for every game of the 2024 Men's NCAA basketball tournament.
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 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
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
UCLA with 11 championships;
who won the March Madness games 7 times;
5 Big Dance victories;
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 in a slump or on a injury roster can mean
a lower seed for a solid team.