Men's Final Four

NCAA Launches “Let’s Dance” Campaign Supporting Regular-Season Division I Men’s Basketball

The NCAA is giving its fans the opportunity to show their basketball school spirit and have a chance to win a trip to the 2015 NCAA Men’s Final Four® and a $20,000 donation to their favorite school’s scholarship fund with a video promotion called “Let’s Dance.”

Division I Men's Basketball Committee selects hosts for 2017-2021 Final Fours

Phoenix will host for the first time; San Antonio, Atlanta, Minneapolis are back in rotation Committee extends bid cycle by one year, awarding Indianapolis the 2021 Final Four.

Big Ten breaks own record for men’s basketball attendance

Men’s basketball attendance numbers show Big Ten breaking its own records and the Division I tournament drawing its third-highest crowd ever.

Division I men's basketball site selection process begins

Bid specifications were made available today for prospective hosts of the preliminary rounds of the 2016, 2017 and 2018 Division I men’s basketball championships, with the selection announcement for the First Four, second- and third-rounds...

NCAA Men’s Final Four brings record number fans to North Texas, leaves lasting impact

The 2014 NCAA Division I Men’s Final Four set an all-time attendance record and saw record-breaking online and television viewership for both semifinal games on Saturday, April 5. The two-session Final Four attendance totaled 158,682 fans...

NCAA President Mark Emmert, Wake Forest President Nathan Hatch, Kansas State President Kirk Shultz, future Ohio State University President Michael Drake, SIU Chancellor Rita Cheng and Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby participate in the 2014 NCAA Men's Fina
2014 Men's Final Four Press Conference

NCAA President Mark Emmert, Wake Forest President Nathan Hatch, Kansas State President Kirk Shultz, future Ohio State University President Michael Drake, SIU Chancellor Rita Cheng and Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby participate in the 2014 NCAA Men's Final Four Press Conference.

Earning the Call

Of 838 officials, only 10 are invited to preside over the Final Four. Mike Roberts has never received that coveted phone call. Can he survive the madness and advance to Dallas?

NCAA Names Musical Artists to Perform the National Anthems at the 2014 Men’s Final Four

Award-winning country singer-songwriter Darius Rucker, accompanied by the Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts “Jazz Singers,” will perform the national anthem at the NCAA’s National Championship game on...

Dance to remember leads to lasting friendship for coach

Two years ago, North Carolina Central Coach LeVelle Moton, whose team plays Friday tonight in the Division I NCAA men’s basketball tournament against Iowa State, read an article about an event where people who couldn’t attend their high school prom because of disabilities or illness. It spurred Moton to take Leah Ward, who has a genetic condition known as Williams Syndrome, to take her to the event.

Men's Basketball Selections 101 - Bracket

Building the Bracket

Step One: Initial Ballot

At the beginning of selection week, each committee member casts an "initial ballot" composed of two columns listing all eligible Division I teams in alphabetical order. Each committee member will submit the ballot by Wednesday afternoon, the first full day of selection meetings. The committee members may select up to 36 teams as at-large teams. These are teams the individual member believes are “locks” to make the tournament, regardless of any other results. The committee member also selects an unlimited number of teams that merit consideration for the tournament. However, these teams should only be those that the committee member strongly feels might be one of the 36 best teams to fill the at-large berths.

Step Two: Selections

Based on the results of the initial ballot, teams will move into the at-large field if they receive all but two eligible votes. The number of votes needed is generally eight, but since committee members can’t vote for their own team, there are situations where a team will only need seven votes to be voted into the at-large pool based on the initial ballot. Teams receiving at least three votes earn placement on the “under consideration” board. Regular-season conference champions that do not make it to the at-large field on the initial ballot are automatically placed on the “under consideration” board. It is from this list that committee members select teams into the at-large field.

Step Three: Seeding

The committee will take teams that have been voted into the tournament as at-large teams, or have earned the automatic qualifier from their conference, and vote on teams (four at a time) to seed list. The top four teams on the first seeding vote make up the initial one line (the four No. 1 seeds).  The committee will switch back and forth between selecting and seeding teams throughout the week. Ultimately, the committee will create a seed list — 1 through 68 — which serves as a rank order of all of the teams in the field. Once that seed list is finished (the committee will spend several hours making sure each team is in the proper spot on the list), the committee is ready to begin the next step in the process.

Step Four: Bracketing

The seed list reflects the sequential order with which teams will be placed in the bracket. Once finalized, the seed list remains unchanged while the bracket is assembled. A top priority for the committee is to achieve reasonable competitive balance in each region of the bracket. This is accomplished by adding up the true seed number for the 16 teams that comprise the top four teams in each of the four regions. The committee will then go through the seed list, placing all teams by seed starting with the four No. 1 seeds, through the No. 4 seeds, and place those geographically by region while using the principles and procedures for bracketing.

Following a process that began in 2017, the committee will contact any school that will be in discussion for the overall No. 1 seed to gauge its preferred first- and second-round and regional sites.

Then the committee seeds the first 16 teams by region. Once that is complete, committee members go back to the top (the overall No. 1 seed) and seed by first- and second-round sites and do that for all 68 teams using the bracketing principles and procedures.


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