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Men's Basketball Selections 101

How Does the NCAA Pick the Teams?

How March Madness selections are made is always on the minds of sports fans at tournament time. Here is a chance to look behind the curtain to see how the bracket for the Division I Men’s Basketball Championship is built.

2019 March Madness Timeline

NCAA March Madness Bracket Preview
12:30 p.m. Eastern time Feb. 9 on CBS

Selection Sunday
6 p.m. Eastern time March 17 on CBS

First Four
March 19-20 - Dayton, Ohio

First Round
March 21-22

Second Round
March 23-24

Sweet 16
March 28-29

Elite 8
March 30-31

Final Four
April 6 and 8 - Minneapolis