Duion & # 39; s Zion Williamson will be a must-attend artist at the NCAA Tournament. Chuck Burton / Associated Press
The conference basketball tournaments reach their peak over the weekend, and then everything revolves around the NCAA tournament.
The annual event that announces the end of winter and the beginning of spring begins with Selection Sunday, which has become one of the most anticipated days of the sporting calendar.
The event will be televised by CBS, as the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee will broadcast tournament entries and seeds to the network, and it will be broadcast at 6:00 pm. AND.
Instead of the longer two hour show that fans have seen in recent years, the show has been reduced to an hour.
Following the CBS broadcast, CBS Sports and Turner Sports will co-produce a Inside the support the program will be broadcast on social media via YouTube, Twitter and Facebook, NCAA.com and Bleacher Report at 7 pm
The broadcast of CBS will reveal the 68 teams selected or deserved their place in the big dance. While the majority of conference championship tournaments will end on Saturday and Sunday, 12 teams have already taken the chance to participate in the tournament.
These teams include Murray State (Ohio Valley Conference), Gardner-Webb (Great South), Liberty (Atlantic Sun), Bradley (Missouri Valley), Wofford (South), Iona (MAAC), North Kentucky (Horizon), Fairleigh Dickinson (Northeast), Northeast (Colonial), State of North Dakota (Summit), St. Mary's (West Coast) and Colgate (Patriot).
2018 NCAA Tournament Schedule
Sunday of selection: The 17th of March; CBS
Four first ones: March 19-20; Tru TV
First round: March 21-22; CBS, Tru TV, TNT, TBS
Second turn: March 23-24; CBS, Tru TV, TNT, TBS
Sweet 16: March 28-29; SCS, TBS
Elite Eight: March 30 to 31; SCS, TBS
Final square: April 6; CBS
National Championship: April 8; CBS
The tournament competition will begin with the First Four on March 19th and 20th, with dubbers on both days. The four games will be televised by Tru TV.
Games of March 19/20: Dayton, Ohio
The traditional part of March Madness will take place over the next four days. The first and second rounds will take place from March 21st to 24th.
These two rounds will be played in eight cities and televised by four networks: CBS, Tru TV, TNT and TBS. This is basically collegiate college basketball over a four day period.
The list of matches for each network will be announced at the NCAA Selection Event.
Games of March 21st and 23rd: Hartford, Connecticut; Salt Lake City; Des Moines, Iowa; Jacksonville, Florida
Games of March 22nd and 24th: Tulsa, Oklahoma; Columbus, Ohio; Columbia, South Carolina; San Jose, California
The first two rounds will reduce the tournament to 16 teams and the regional will be disputed from March 28th to 31st.
The South region will be held in Louisville on March 28 and 30 and the West will be held on the same dates in Anaheim.
The East region will be played in Washington on March 29th and 31st, and the Midwest region will be held in Kansas City on March 29th and 31st. CBS and TBS will be responsible for the emissions of the four regions.
Games of March 28 and 30: Louisville, Kentucky; Anaheim, California
Games of March 29 and 31: Washington DC .; Kansas City, Missouri
The four teams from these regional teams will meet at The Final Four in Minneapolis on April 6, and the national championship game will be held two days later. Both semifinal matches and the national title game will be broadcast by CBS.
The event will take place at US Bank Stadium, home of the NFL Vikings in the NFL. This venue hosted the Super Bowl LII between the Philadelphia Eagles and the New England Patriots. This is the fourth time Minneapolis has hosted the Final Four.
Top seed forecasts
Gonzaga had a good year, although the Bulldogs lost the West Coast Conference title to the St. Mary Gaels. Gonzaga should be the No. 1 seed in the West.
It is not surprising that North Carolina and Virginia also win the first places in the tournament. If the Tar Heels or Cavaliers do not win the CAC Tournament, this title will likely go to Duke and Zion Williamson.
The Blue Devils can be as good as any team when Williamson is in good health and plays his best game, but it is unlikely that the Blue Devils will rise above a No. 1 seed. 2.
The fourth seed # 1 should go to the LSU or Kentucky SEC. The Tigers and Wildcats are the first two seeds of the SEC conference tournament and if any of these two teams wins, a No. 1 seed should be the reward. Look for Kentucky to win this tournament and win first place.
If none of these teams win the SEC tournament, the fourth seeded No. 1 could go to Michigan State of the Big Ten, provided the Spartans do not stumble in his conference tournament.
Four best predicted seeds (in order)
1. North Carolina