We’re little more than week out from March Madness. The 2019 NCAA Tournament — and all the excitement it promises — is nearly upon us.
All that stands in the way is the conclusion of the NCAA Division I conference tournaments and subsequent NCAA Tournament seedings from Selection Sunday. From there, the college basketball season reaches in its usual feverpitch.
MORE: SN’s latest 2019 NCAA Tournament projections
This year, the big storylines center around the usual suspects: UNC and Kentucky have played excellent basketball down the stretch, as have Big Ten powers Michigan and Michigan State. Then there’s Kansas, which has for the first time since 2004 failed to win the Big 12 regular season championship, and Duke, which has limped to the finish line without Zion Williamson in the lineup.
Of course, they don’t call it “March Madness” for nothing. Could we see yet another memorable upset like last year, when No. 16 UMBC upset No. 1 Virginia? The Cavs seem to be in decent position for yet another 1-seed. …
Regardless, Sporting News is here to make sure you know how to tune in to all the basketball, from the First Four, first and second rounds, Sweet 16, Elite Eight, Final Four and, of course, the national championship game. Here’s everything you’ll need to know to watch the 2019 NCAA Tournament.
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When does Match Madness 2019 start?
March Madness starts with the “First Four” games on March 19-20. Those games will take place in Dayton, Ohio. The first round of the 2019 NCAA Tournament begins March 21.
The full field of 68 will be announced on Selection Sunday (March 17). The 2019 NCAA Tournament selection show starts at 6 p.m. ET, and the full field of 68 will be revealed within the first 10 minutes. The teams will then be sorted into brackets for the remainder of the show.
Printable 2019 NCAA Tournament bracket
You can get a blank, printable NCAA Tournament bracket here to fill out during the Selection Sunday show. Sporting News will update the bracket with tournament teams following the show. Here is Sporting News’ latest NCAA Tournament bracket projection.
March Madness TV channels, live stream
The NCAA Tournament will be broadcast across several stations, including truTV, CBS, TNT and TBS. TruTV will broadcast the First Four (March 19-20). CBS, truTV, TNT and TBS will all broadcast portions of the first- and second-round games from March 21-24. From there, the Sweet 16 and Elite Eight (March 28-31) will be covered exclusively by CBS and TBS. CBS hold broadcast rights for the Final Four (April 6) and national championship game (April 8).
Jim Nantz, Grant Hill, Bill Raftery and Tracy Wolfson are CBS’s lead boradcast team and will call the Final Four national semifinals and championship game.
MORE: SN’s 2018-19 All-American team
NCAA Tournament schedule 2019
March Madness features from Sporting News
“40 Minutes of Hell” to Hog Heaven: Nolan Richardson’s 1993-94 Arkansas team will go down as one of the most fun SEC title-winning teams of all time. It was something he built, one minute at a time.
A barrier-breaking title: The 1961-62 Cincinnati Bearcats made history when they started four black players in their NCAA title game win over Ohio State. We remember the importance of that groundbreaking win.
An Oral History of Steph Curry’s 2008 Breakout: In 2008, a little-known, baby-faced guard from Davidson completely took over the NCAA Tournament.
Upset City: Reliving the wildest opening venue in NCAA Tournament history.
The Fagan Jinx: They’re not just upset “alerts” when Sporting News’ Ryan Fagan is in attendance. Recapping the many improbable upsets Fagan has been on hand to witness.
More than a timeout: The 1993 NCAA Tournament is more than Chris Webber’s ill-fated timeout in the national championship game against UNC.
Danny and the Miracles: Recalling Kansas’ improbable 1988 title run.
Chalmers’ shot still resonates: Mario Chalmers never gets tired talking about his 3-pointer against Memphis in 2008.
DeCourcy’s best of 30 years: Sporting News’ Mike DeCourcy ranks the best games he has witnessed from 30 years’ worth of NCAA Tournament coverage.
The thrill of victory…: Sporting News staff recall their favorite memories of the NCAA Tournament.
…And the agony of defeat: Sporting News staff recalls their most heartbreaking memories from the NCAA Tournament. Get your tissues ready.
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