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March Madness Schedule 2022 | NCAA Tournament & Final Four Start Date, End Date, Locations

March is upon us, which means it’s time for some madness.

After the depressing cancellation of the 2020 tournament due to the COVID-19 pandemic, then the Indianapolis bubble in 2021, the NCAA men’s basketball tournament is refreshingly going back to its normal configuration this year.

The 68-team tournament tipped off with the First Four in Dayton, Ohio on March 15-16 and is about to finish at Caesars Superdome in New Orleans on April 4.

When Is March Madness Selection Sunday 2022?

Selection Sunday, when the infamous tournament bracket is unveiled, was March 13, following the conclusion of the Big Ten title game on CBS at 6 p.m. ET. Every NCAA men’s tournament game is being broadcast on either CBS, TBS, TNT or TruTV.

Each of the 16-team regions were revealed, as were the eight teams who participated in the First Four (more on that below). Each of the 32 automatic qualifiers, who receive bids by winning each Division I conference tournament, learned where and who it will play its first-round game.


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Additionally, the 36 at-large selections, chosen by the sport’s selection committee, learned their destinations as well. As usual, there were cheers and tears of joy sorrow from teams’ whose bubbles were burst by not being selected for the field.

What Are the March Madness and Final Four Game Schedules?

CBB National Championship Schedule & Location

Although it’s referred as March Madness, the NCAA men’s basketball tournament always ends on the first Monday in April. Last year, Baylor cut down the nets with an 86-70 win over No. 1 seed Gonzaga at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

New Orleans has hosted some of the most legendary championship games in the tournament’s rich history, including:

  • Carmelo Anthony’s spectacular college finale for Syracuse over Kansas in 2003
  • The infamous Chris Webber timeout for Michigan against North Carolina in 1993
  • Keith Smart’s iconic game-winning shot for Indiana over Syracuse in 1987
  • Michael Jordan’s game-winner for the Tar Heels in their win over Georgetown in 1982

North Carolina is hoping lightning can strike thrice in The Big Easy. After stunning Duke in the Final Four, and likely ending the legendary coaching career of Mike Krzyzewski, the upstart Tarheels are aiming for their third national championship in New Orleans and seventh all-time. Hubert Davis is trying to become the first coach to win the national championship in his first season  since Steve Fisher for Michigan in 1989.

Kansas is hoping to claim its first title in New Orleans and is 0-2 in national championship games in the Crescent City (2003, 2012) The Jayhawks last cut down the nets in 2008 when they beat Derrick Rose and Memphis in overtime in San Antonio in a classic championship game.

Here’s the official schedule for Monday’s national championship game.

  • Midwest Region No. 1 Kansas vs. East Region No. 8 North Carolina, 9:20 p.m. ET

March Mayhem Giveaway

Here are the games that already have been completed:

Final Four

  • Midwest Region No. 1 Kansas 81, South Region No. 2 Villanova 65
  • East Region No. 8 North Carolina 81, West Region No. 2 Duke 77

Elite 8

South Region

  • AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas; Saturday, March 26
    • No. 2 Villanova 50, No. 5 Houston 44

West Region

  • Chase Center in San Francisco; Saturday, March 26
    • No. 2 Duke 78, No. 4 Arkansas 69

Midwest Region

  • United Center in Chicago; Sunday March 27
    • No. 1 Kansas 76, No. 10 Miami 50

East Region

  • Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia; Sunday, March 27
    • No. 8 North Carolina 69, No. 15 St. Peter’s 49

West Region

  • Chase Center in San Francisco; Thursday, March 24
    • No. 4 Arkansas 74, No. 1 Gonzaga 68
    • No. 2 Duke 78 vs. No. 3 Texas Tech 73

South Region

  • AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas; Thursday, March 24
    • No. 2 Villanova 63 vs. No. 11 Michigan 55
    • No. 5 Houston 72, No. 1 Arizona 60

East Region

  • Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia; Friday, March 25
    • No. 15 St. Peter’s 67, 3 Purdue 64
    • No. 8 North Carolina 73, 4 UCLA 66

Midwest Region

  • United Center in Chicago; Friday, March 25
    • No. 1 Kansas 66, No. 4 Providence 61
    • No. 10 Miami 70, No. 11 Iowa State 56

Round 2

East Region

  • Dickies Arena in Fort Worth, Texas; Saturday, March 19
    • No. 8 North Carolina 93, No. 1 Baylor 86 (OT)
  • Moda Center in Portland, Oregon; Saturday, March 19
    • No. 4 UCLA 72, No. 5 St. Mary’s 56
  • Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis; Saturday, March 19
    • No. 15 St. Peter’s 70, No. 7 Murray State 60
  • Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee; Sunday, March 20
    • No. 3 Purdue 81, No. 6 Texas 71

Midwest Region

  • Dickies Arena in Fort Worth, Texas; Saturday, March 19
    • No. 1 Kansas 79, No. 9 Creighton 71
  • Key Bank Center in Buffalo; Saturday, March 19
    • No. 4 Providence 79, No. 12 Richmond 51
  • Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville, South Carolina; Sunday, March 20
    • No. 10 Miami 79, No. 2 Auburn 61
  • Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee; Sunday, March 20
    • No. 11 Iowa State 54, No. 3 Wisconsin 49

South Region

  • Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis; Saturday, March 19
    • No. 11 Michigan 76, No. 3 Tennessee 68
  • PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh; Saturday, March 19
    • No. 5 Houston 68, No. 4 Illinois 53
    • No. 2 Villanova 71, No. 7 Ohio State 61
  • Viejas Arena in San Diego; Sunday, March 20
    • No. 1 Arizona 85, No. 9 Texas Christian 80 (OT)

West Region

  • KeyBank Center in Buffalo; Saturday, March 19
    • No. 4 Arkansas 53, No. 12 New Mexico State 48
  • Moda Center in Portland, Oregon; Saturday, March 19
    • No. 1 Gonzaga 82, No. 9 Memphis 78
  • Viejas Arena in San Diego; Sunday, March 20
    • No. 3 Texas Tech 59, No. 11 Notre Dame 53
  • Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville, South Carolina; Sunday, March 20
    • No. 2 Duke 85, No. 7 Michigan State 76

Round 1

South Region

  • Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis; Thursday, March 17
    • No. 11 Michigan 75, No. 6 Colorado State 63
    • No. 3 Tennessee 88, No. 14 Longwood 56
  • PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh; Friday, March 18
    • No. 7 Ohio State 54, No. 10 Loyola (Chicago) 41
    • No. 2 Villanova 80, No. 15 Delaware 60
  • PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh; Friday, March 18
    • No. 4 Illinois 54, No. 13 Tennessee-Chattanooga 53
    • No. 5 Houston 82, University of Alabama-Birmingham 68
  • Viejas Arena in San Diego; Friday, March 18
    • No. 1 Arizona 87, No. 16 Wright State 70
    • No. 9 Texas Christian University 69, No. 8 Seton Hall 42

Midwest Region

  • KeyBank Center in Buffalo, New York; Thursday, March 17
    • No. 4 Providence 66, No. 13 South Dakota State 57
    • No. 12 Richmond 67, No. 5 Iowa 63
  • Dickies Arena in Fort Worth, Texas; Thursday, March 17
    • No. 9 Creighton 72, No. 8 San Diego State 69 (OT)
    • No. 1 Kansas 83, No. 16 Texas Southern 56
  • Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville, South Carolina; Friday, March 18
    • No. 2 Auburn 80, No. 15 Jacksonville State 61
    • No. 10 Miami 70, No. 7 USC 68
  • Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee; Friday, March 18
    • No. 11 Iowa State 59, No. 6 LSU 54
    • No. 3 Wisconsin 67, No. 14 Colgate 60

East Region

  • Dickies Arena in Fort Worth, Texas; Thursday, March 17
    • No. 1 Baylor 85 vs. No. 16 Norfolk State 49
    • No. 8 North Carolina 95, No. 9 Marquette 63
  • Moda Center in Portland, Oregon; Thursday, March 17
    • No. 5 St. Mary’s 82, No. 12 Indiana 53
    • No. 4 UCLA 57, No. 13 Akron 53
  • Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis; Thursday, March 17
    • No. 15 St. Peter’s 85, 2 Kentucky 79 (OT)
    • No. 7 Murray State 92, No. 10 San Francisco 87 (OT)
  • Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee; Friday, March 18
    • No. 3 Purdue 78, No. 14 Yale 56
    • No. 6 Texas 81, No. 11 Virginia Tech 73

West Region

  • Moda Center in Portland, Oregon; Thursday, March 17
    • No. 9 Memphis 64, No. 8 Boise State 53
    • No. 1 Gonzaga 93, No. 16 Georgia State 72
  • KeyBank Center in Buffalo, New York; Thursday, March 17
    • No. 12 New Mexico State 70, 5 UConn 63
    • No. 4 Arkansas 75, No. 13 Vermont 71
  • Viejas Arena in San Diego; Friday, March 18
    • No. 3 Texas Tech 97, No. 14 Montana State 62
    • No. 11 Notre Dame 78, No. 6 Alabama 64
  • Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville, South Carolina; Friday, March 18
    • No. 2 Duke 78, No. 15 Cal State-Fullerton 61
    • No. 7 Michigan State 74, No. 10 Davidson 73

First Four Schedule & Locations

NIGHT 1: The First Four kicked off with two games, one between two No. 16 seeds and the latter one featuring a pair of No. 12s, at UD Arena in Dayton, Ohio. This year, the First Four started Tuesday, March 15, with Texas A&M-CC and Texas Southern tipping off at 6:30 p.m. ET, then Indiana vs. Wyoming.

NIGHT 2: The tournament’s second night of play-in games was Wednesday, March 16, again with two 16s, Bryant and Wright State, facing off before two No. 11 seeds, Notre Dame and Rutgers, squared off in the nightcap.

How Do I Fill Out a March Madness Bracket?

Filling out a March Madness bracket is a cinch. Simply pick the winner of each of the 63 regular tournament games and a tiebreaker of how many points will be in the final game.

If you need tips or advice about filling out your bracket, you can consult our handy and easy-to-consume our NCAA Tournament tips and March Madness printable bracket.

How Can I Bet on the NCAA Tournament?

The NCAA tournament is like spring break for sports bettors since there are no rules. The games are on at all hours of the day and night during the first weekend, and there’s no shortage of drama in the form of upsets, buzzer-beaters and overtime games.

Betting on the NCAA men’s basketball tournament is as easy as selecting games, props, and totals for each game you’d prefer to. With more and more legal online sportsbooks cropping up each day, it’s never been easier to get in on the action and find sports betting sites for March Madness.

Watching the tournament is fun, but cashing in on your upstart Cinderella pick or inevitable No. 12 over No. 5 upset makes things even better.

Plus, there are all kinds of new-user bonuses and new-signup offers, like risk-free bets, deposit matches and bet-and-gets that will give new bettors a ton of playable funds during one of the best sporting events on the calendar.

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