A common question asked by men’s college basketball fans throughout the year is when does March Madness start? In 2017, the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament bracket matchups are scheduled to be announced on March 12th during the Selection Sunday broadcast. The popular TV show was recently expanded to a two hour event that will take place between 5:30-7:30 PM (ET), with finalized, printable NCAA Tournament brackets available soon after. The First Four, or “Play-in” games will kick off on Tuesday, March 14th, and the first round of the tournament (recently rebranded from the second round) will kick off with the 64 teams left standing on Thursday, March 16th just after noon eastern Time. The 2017 NCAA Men’s Championship Game is scheduled to take place on Monday, April 4th, 2017.
Can I Get a Blank, Printable March Madness Bracket?
Another common question by NCAA men’s basketball fans is where to get a blank March Madness bracket prior to the Selection Sunday telecast. These brackets are used to help fans develop their own bracketology throughout the year, and to see how their picks stack up against well-known basketball pundits like Joe Linardi. If you would like to download and print or share a printable bracket, we have one posted for the 2017 edition of March Madness for you here.
2017 March Madness Schedule
If you are just interested in the highlights of the March Madness schedule, we have the overall schedule posted for you below. It definitely poses to be another exciting season of college basketball, and all eyes will be on the traditional Blue Bloods like Coach Cal’s Kentucky Wildcats as well as those teams who are returning a grunch of their players from last season.
2017 Selection Sunday Schedule
March 12, 2017
2017 NCAA Tournament Opening-Round Games
March 14, 15, 2017
2017 NCAA Tournament Opening Two Rounds
March 16, 18, 2017
March 17, 19, 2017
2017 NCAA Tournament Regional Play
The NCAA Tournament regionals consist of the Sweet Sixteen and the Elite Eight. The winners of the Elite Eight matchups earn a spot to compete in the NCAA Tournament Final Four (or semifinals).
March 23, 25, 2017
March 24, 26, 2017
2017 NCAA Tournament Final Four
April 1, 2017
2017 NCAA Tournament Championship Game
April 3, 2017