March Madness schedule: NCAA men’s brackets announced

First game is Tuesday with a chance for a 16th seed to make basketball history later this week.
Photo: South Dakota men's coach Scott Nagy (black shirt) beams as he learns his team will play Michigan AP

WASHINGTON, March 17, 2013 — Today is the official launch of March Madness. The NCAA selection committee has met and selected the placement and seeding of the NCAA basketball tournament participants. Sixty-eight men’s teams were chosen today on Selection Sunday, and 64 women’s teams will be selected on Monday, March 18.

The hosts and places of each event were chosen earlier. The first match-up starts this week on Tuesday, March 19, when the lowest seeded automatic qualifiers have a chance to win and take on the No. 1 seeds of the tournament. Who knows, one even may make history, being the first 16th seeded team to take down a No. 1 seed.

The games will be on television and Live streamed on NCAA.com.

Ladies and gentlemen, start your brackets. Click here for the 2013 NCAA Basketball brackets:

First Four: Tuesday March 19

         Game 1 — 6:30 p.m.

         Game 2 — 9 p.m.

Wednesday, March 20

         Game 1 — 6:30 p.m.

         Game 2 — 9 p.m.

   University of Dayton Arena, Dayton, Ohio  Host: University of Dayton

Teams:

         Midwest —North Carolina v. Liberty

         East — James Madison v. Southern U.

         East — Villanova v. St. Mary’s

         West — LaSalle v. Tennessee

Second and Third Rounds: Thursday and Saturday, March 21 and 23

Television: CBS, TBS, TNT, truTV check local listings            

Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Mo.  Host: Oakland University

         Rupp Arena, Lexington, Ky.  Host: University of Kentucky

         Energy Solutions Arena, Salt Lake City, Utah  Host: University of Utah

         HP Pavilion, San Jose, Calif.  Host: West Coast Conference

Second and Third Rounds: Friday and Sunday, March 22 and 24

Television: CBS, TBS, TNT, truTV check local listings

         Frank Erwin Center, Austin, Texas  Host: Texas

         University of Dayton Arena, Dayton, Ohio  Host: University of Dayton

         Sprint Center, Kansas City, Mo.  Host: TBD

         Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, Pa.  Host: Temple University

East Regionals: Thursday and Saturday, March 28 and 30

Television: CBS & TBS check local listings

         Verizon Center  Host: Washington, D.C.

West Regionals: Friday, March 29 and Sunday, March 31

Television: CBS & TBS check local listings

         Staples Center, Los Angeles, Calif.  Host: Pepperdine University

South Regionals: Friday, March 29 and Sunday, March 31

Television: CBS & TBS check local listings

         Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, Texas  Host: Big 12 Conference

Midwest Regionals: Friday and Sunday, March 29 and 31

Television: CBS check local listings

         Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Ind.  Host: Butler, IUPUI, Horizon League

National Semifinals, Final Four: Saturday, April 6 and Monday, April 8

Television: CBS check local listings

         Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Ga.  Host: Georgia Tech

Championship Game: Monday, April 8

Television: CBS check local listings

         Georgia Dome, Atlanta, Ga.  Host: Georgia Tech


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