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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

NCAA March Madness Bracket Preview
Feb. 11, 12:30 p.m. ET on CBS

Selection Sunday
March 11, 6 p.m. ET on TBS

First Four
March 13-14, 2018; Dayton, Ohio

First Round
March 15-16, 2018

Second Round
March 17-18, 2018

Sweet 16
March 22-23, 2018

Elite 8
March 24-25, 2018

2018 Final Four
March 31 and April 2; San Antonio, TX