March Madness Takes Shape With Weekend Conference Tourneys

The annual NCAA men's basketball tournament is one of the country's biggest sporting events – with who makes the cut, and who doesn't, a big part of the drama.

  • The first two bids for the 2023 NCAA Tournament were secured Saturday including on the Fairleigh Dickenson, which got in on a technicality and without having to wins its conference title.
  • After Selection Sunday, the first four March Madness will be played on March 14. After those so-called play-in games, the real first round begins March 16. The second round is March 18-19. This year’s Final Four is at the NRG Stadium in Houston, from April 1-3.
  • This Sunday, three more teams will get a bid – the winners of the Big South Tournament title game, the Missouri Valley final and the Atlantic Sun title game.
  • A total of 68 teams make the tournament.
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