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NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament Dates You Need to Know

Key Dates to Keep in Mind Once March Madness Begins and We’re All Consumed by Our Brackets

NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament Dates You Need to Know
A detail view of the March Madness logo is seen on a basketball/Andy Lyons/Getty Images/AFP

Counting Down the Days ⏰

[Sweet 16:] By now your March Madness bracket is in shambles and you’re cursing yourself…

The Big Dance is right around the corner but we’re still far enough away to give you a snapshot of the March Madness schedule so you’ll know when to kick back, crack open a cold one, and get down on the biggest blizzard of NCAA basketball games on the calendar.

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Men’s Tournament Schedule

Selection Sunday: March 17th

Every college basketball team with even a remote chance of getting selected as one of the 68 teams invited to the tournament will be watching to see if they got in and where they’re seeded. Will I be watching? You’re damn right I will!

 

First Four: March 19th & 20th

There are four games, two on each night, in which eight teams vie for one seed in each of their respective four regions. Last season, we saw two of those four teams that survived the First Four upset their favored foes in the opening round with the most shocking being when No. 16 FDU made college basketball news by upsetting No. 1 Purdue in the East Regional!

 

First Round (32 games): 21st & 22nd

I don’t care what anyone says, there’s nothing like knocking off work early, like real early, and getting to your favorite barroom the moment it opens to watch the first game of March Madness tip before noontime. By the time you’re done with all the games, they’ll be pouring you into an Uber right around midnight to take your drunken’ ass home.

 

Second Round (16 games): March 23rd & 24th

Here we have the Saturday and Sunday games with still plenty of action to be had with 32 teams remaining and 16 games to be played. I know what I’m doing that weekend and it’s not going for a long walk on the beach with my girl. Besides, I don’t like walks on the beach, and my only lover is college basketball, at least in March.

 

Sweet 16 (8 games): March 28th & 29th

By now your March Madness bracket is in shambles and you’re cursing yourself as to why you decided to follow the public, the sheeple, and mark down four No. 1 seeds to make the Final Four. What kind of a square are you?!

 

Elite Eight (4 games): March 30th & 31st

In just 10 days any chance you had of winning something, anything, in the dozen March Madness pools you entered has evaporated. Poof.

Let’s steal a quote from Teddy KGB, played sublimely by the legendary John Malkovich, from the movie Rounders when the Russian mobster watched Matt Damon’s character (Mike McDermott) implode at the poker table.

“You can not beeeeleeeeeeeeeve what fell…all your hopes and dreams, down the facking duhrain!”

If it’s any consolation, McDermott came back to win back all his money and then some from Teddy KGB. But then again, that’s Hollywood, as for your chances, you’re all done.

 

The Final Four (2 games): Saturday, April 6th

What a long way we’ve come from the First Four when all our dewy-eyed hopes and dreams of scorching the field and claiming whatever fabulous prizes awaited the grand prize winner were still within our reach. But now it’s time to get serious and bet both games, sides, and totals, to get back that money we lost in those ridiculous pools we entered.

 

NCAA Championship Game: Monday, April 8

It’s finally here. You did alright in the Final Four–swept the board as a matter of fact! You’ve demonstrated the tenacity and intestinal fortitude that only a true degen could muster. I’m damn proud of you.


And now that March is gone, and so too is the 2024 Big Dance, it might be time to call your girl, who packed her bags after the Sweet 16, and ask her if she’d like to go for a long, romantic walk on that sun-splashed beach you’ve been promising.

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