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Men's Basketball Selections 101

How Does the NCAA Pick the Teams?

A popular question asked by sports fans in March is, "How does the NCAA pick the teams to play in March Madness?"

Here is a chance to look behind the curtain to see how the teams are chosen.

March Madness Timeline

March Madness Bracket Preview
February 11; CBS, 12:30 p.m. ET

Selection Sunday
March 12; Championship Selection Show, CBS

First Four
March 14-15; Dayton, Ohio

First Round
March 16-17

Second Round
March 18-19

Sweet 16
March 23-24

Elite 8
March 25-26

Final Four
April 1, 3; Phoenix