The biggest Sunday in sports this side of the Super Bowl is fast approaching.
With it comes the thrill of seeing your school placed in the NCAA Tournament, the agony of their absence and all the consternation that comes with whether they were seeded too high, too low, in the wrong region or not at all. Yep, Selection Sunday — and the March Madness it heralds — is just about here.
The NCAA selection show has different meanings for fans of different teams. For teams such as projected 1-seeds Kansas, Alabama and UCLA, it’s little more than seeing what region you’re placed in, as well as your path to the Final Four. For other teams on the bubble — including surprising traditional powers in North Carolina and Michigan — the selection show takes on an even greater importance.
Either way, Selection Sunday serves as can’t-miss TV for fans of basketball teams all over the country — even those observers who just want an early idea on how they can fill out their bracket.
MORE: Watch NCAA Tournament selection show live with fuboTV (free trial)
With that, The Sporting News has everything you need to know about Selection Sunday, including how to watch and all the other information regarding the 2023 NCAA Tournament.
When is Selection Sunday 2023?
- Date: Sunday, March 12
- Time: 6 p.m. ET
The NCAA men’s basketball tournament selection show will air on Sunday, March 12 at 6 p.m. — or following the conclusion of the last conference tournament game. At that point, the selection committee will reveal its 68-team field, which of course includes the First Four teams that must earn the right to participate in the 64-team field.
What channel is March Madness selection show on?
- TV channel: CBS
- Live stream: NCAA March Madness Live | Paramount+ | fuboTV (free trial)
Selection Sunday will continue to air on CBS in 2023, though there are several ways to view the selection show without cable. That includes the NCAA March Madness Live App and CBS’ dedicated streaming sight Paramount+. Another option for cord-cutters is fuboTV, which offers a free trial.
NCAA Tournament 2023 selection format
The NCAA Tournament in 2023 will once again use a selection format that includes 32 automatic qualifiers and 36 at-large bids, placing value on shorter travel distances when seeding the highest-ranked teams and placing them in their respective regions.
That’s a far cry from the 2021 tournament, which due to being played entirely in the state of Indiana removed the need for such considerations, replaced instead with the S-curve. The committee will also make its NET ranking system, established in 2018, the primary sorting tool in seeding teams.
March Madness bracket predictions
Predicting the NCAA Tournament field is a Herculean task (or a fool’s errand, depending on whom you ask). Regardless, The Sporting News’ Bill Bender has once again taken on the challenge of predicting the 68-team field.
Below are his projected top 16 teams along the 1-, 2-, 3- and 4-seed lines:
- 1-seeds: Kansas, Houston, Alabama, UCLA
- 2-seeds: Purdue, Texas, Baylor, Arizona
- 3-seeds: Marquette, Gonzaga, Kansas State, Xavier
- 4-seeds: UConn, Tennessee, Indiana, Virginia
Here is his latest full bracket prediction.
NCAA Tournament schedule 2023
The 2023 NCAA Tournament will begin on Tuesday, March 14 with the First Four, kickstarting six straight days of college basketball.
Following that, the first round will take place over Thursday, March 16 and Friday, March 17. The second round will play out over Saturday, March 18 and Sunday, March 19.
Teams will have a chance to rest and travel to the host sites of their respective regionals after the tournament’s opening weekend. The Sweet 16 will take place on March 23-24, and the Elite Eight on March 25-26.
Following that, the remaining teams will have six days off before they play in the Final Four in Houston on Saturday, April 1. The 2023 NCAA Tournament will conclude with the national championship game on Monday, April 3.
Below is the full schedule for the event.
|First Four||March 14-15|
|Round 1||March 16-17|
|Round 2||March 18-19|
|Sweet 16||March 23-24|
|Elite Eight||March 25-26|
|Final Four||April 1|
|National championship||April 3|
When is the First Four?
The 2023 NCAA Tournament will begin with the First Four, a play-in round that will reduce the 68-team bracket to 64 teams. It will feature four games in Dayton, Ohio — two on Tuesday, and two on Wednesday. The contestants will be the four lowest-seeded automatic qualifiers bidding for two 16 seeds, and the four lowest-seeded at-larges vying for two 11 seeds.
The winners of those games will play on Thursday and Friday, ensuring they have at least a day’s worth of rest before playing in the NCAA Tournament proper.
- Date: March 14-15
- Time: 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. ET
- TV channel: TruTV
- Live stream: NCAA March Madness Live
When is the Final Four?
The 2023 NCAA Tournament will conclude with the Final Four, held this season at Houston’s NRG Stadium. The Final Four round will play out on Saturday, April 1 before the national championship game takes place on Monday, April 3.
- Dates: April 1, 3
- Time: 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. ET for Final Four, 9 p.m. ET for championship game
- TV channel: CBS
- Live stream: NCAA March Madness Live | Paramount+ | fuboTV