Selection Sunday Announces Top Seeds for Men’s 2024 NCAA Basketball Tournament

March Madness 2022

Welcome to March Madness 2022!

Selection Sunday and Tournament Schedule

The NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament is gearing up with the top four seeds being the Connecticut Huskies, Purdue Boilermakers, North Carolina Tar Heels, and Houston Cougars.

The event starts with the play-in games, the First Four, scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday, followed by the full tournament kicking off on Thursday and Friday.

Selection Sunday will confirm the final lineup of teams for March Madness. Fans can catch the selection show on ESPN at 8 p.m ET for the women’s tournament. TV times and broadcasters for the men’s tournament games will be announced soon.

Team Selection Process

Thirty-two teams from both the men’s and women’s tournaments earned automatic qualification by winning their conference tournaments. A selection committee then filled the remaining spots with 36 at-large bids.

Teams ranked between No. 64 and No. 68 will battle it out in the First Four play-in tournament to secure a spot among the final 64 teams.

March Madness Tradition

Selection Sunday marks the end of weeks of speculation for college basketball fans eager to predict the tournament lineup. Fans, including celebrities like former US Presidents Barack Obama and George H.W. Bush, participate in the bracket predictions.

After Selection Sunday, there are only two days for fans to fill out their brackets before the tournament begins:

Men’s Tournament Schedule

  • First Four: March 19-20
  • First Round: March 21-22
  • Second Round: March 23-24
  • Sweet 16: March 28-29
  • Elite Eight: March 30-31
  • Final Four: April 6
  • NCAA Championship Game: April 8

Women’s Tournament Schedule

  • First Four: March 20-21
  • First Round: March 22-23
  • Second Round: March 24-25
  • Sweet 16: March 29-30
  • Elite Eight: March 31-April 1
  • Final Four: April 5
  • NCAA Championship Game: April 7

Men’s Games by Region

Check out the matchups for the men’s tournament in each region:

  • East: Connecticut vs. Stetson; Florida Atlantic vs. Northwestern; San Diego State vs. Alabama at Birmingham; Auburn vs. Yale
  • Brigham Young vs. Duquesne; Illinois vs. Morehead State; Washington State vs. Drake; Iowa State vs. South Dakota State
  • South: Houston vs. Longwood; Nebraska vs. Texas A&M; Wisconsin vs. James Madison; Duke vs. Vermont
  • Texas Tech vs. NC State; Kentucky vs. Oakland; Florida vs. winner of Boise State-Colorado; Marquette vs. Western Kentucky
  • Midwest: Purdue vs. winner of Montana State-Grambling State; Utah State vs. Texas Christian; Gonzaga vs. McNeese; Kansas vs. Samford
  • South Carolina vs. Oregon; Creighton vs. Akron; Texas vs. winner of Virginia-Colorado State; Tennessee vs. Saint Peter’s
  • West: North Carolina vs. winner of Howard-Wagner; Mississippi State vs. Michigan State; Saint Mary’s (California) vs. Grand Canyon; Alabama vs. Charleston
  • Clemson vs. New Mexico; Baylor vs. Colgate; Dayton vs. Nevada; Arizona vs. Long Beach State

Players to Watch

Caitlin Clark

Caitlin Clark has made a significant impact in college basketball this year, breaking records and gaining widespread recognition. Her performance has led to the coining of the term “Clark-onomics” to describe her off-court influence. She aims to lead the Iowa Hawkeyes to an NCAA championship before heading to the WNBA as the projected No. 1 pick in this year’s draft.

Angel Reese

Angel Reese played a key role in LSU’s victory in the women’s college basketball title last year. Despite a tough season, LSU remains a top contender to defend their title in this year’s tournament.

Reed Sheppard

Keep an eye on Kentucky’s Reed Sheppard in the men’s tournament. He is projected to be a top pick in the upcoming NBA draft due to his impressive scoring abilities and defensive skills.

Zach Edey

Zach Edey, the standout center from Purdue, is known for his dominant presence on the court. While he may not transition to the NBA, he is a force to be reckoned with in college basketball and a key player in Purdue’s quest for a national championship.

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