2022 NCAA MEN'S TOURNAMENT

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The 2022 NCAA Tournament is here. Below you can find a printable March Madness bracket plus a full rundown of the NCAA men's basketball tournament, which begins with the First Four on March 15 and ends with the championship game on April 4. Keep track of the latest news, scores and results from every game with The Sporting News' live March Madness bracket.

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WHAT IS A MARCH MADNESS BRACKET?

Tips on winning your March Madness bracket

  1. Your bracket will consist of 64 teams — after completion of the First Four play-in games — divided evenly among the West, Midwest, East and South regions.
  2. The first round will be determined by the NCAA selection committee on a seeding system: A 1-seed (considered the best team in its region), will play a 16-seed (considered the worst), a 2-seed will play a 15-seed, and so on. Pick which team you expect to win the first round and have them advance to the second by writing their name on the ensuing matchup line.
  3. From there, repeat the process until you have predicted the entire tournament throughout the first and second rounds, Sweet 16, Elite Eight, Final Four and NCAA championship game.
  4. Predict the score of the championship game as a final potential tiebreaker with anyone who may have the same score as you by the end of the tournament
     

How to make your March Madness bracket work

  • You can use whatever methodology you want to fill out your bracket, but higher seeds are usually favored in their respective matchups, especially in earlier rounds. That doesn’t guarantee victory, however: Upsets happen every year and have been known to bust brackets.
  • Picking one or two early upsets won’t bust your bracket— and could actually score you points — but don’t pick a team to go far in the tournament unless you’re confident in their ability. Otherwise, you could potentially cost yourself a higher score.
  • Your bracket can be altered as much as you want before the tournament starts; once play has begun, however, it is locked in. Make sure you feel comfortable with your bracket before you submit it — and don’t leave it incomplete!

HOW DO I SCORE THE BRACKET?

How to make your March Madness bracket work

The most common scoring method features one point for every correct prediction in the first round; two points for every prediction in the second round; four points for the Sweet 16; eight points for the Elite Eight; 16 points for the Final Four; and 32 points for picking the NCAA champion.

This scoring method places greater weight on correct predictions further into the tournament. For example, simply predicting the correct NCAA Tournament champion is worth as many points for your bracket (32) as a perfect first round. Keep this in mind as you make your picks.

First Four games are not typically used in scoring, which begins in Round 1. An incorrect prediction in any of the First Four play-in games will not result in penalties or lost points.

WHEN DO MARCH MADNESS BRACKETS COME OUT?

When do March Madness brackets come out?

The March Madness bracket will be released on Sunday, March 13. It will feature 60 locked-in teams and four empty spaces. The teams that fill those spaces will be determined by First Four games, and the final 64-team bracket will not be set until the day before the NCAA Tournament proper begins.

When are March Madness brackets due?

Brackets are locked in once play begins during Round 1 of the NCAA Tournament at noon ET on Thursday, March 17.

MARCH MADNESS 2022

Selection Sunday

March 13

Selection Sunday is on March 13 in 2022, and the selection show will be broadcast on CBS at 6 p.m. ET. The brackets will be revealed shortly thereafter or, if conference championship games are still ongoing, as soon as the final automatic qualifier is determined.

First Four

March 15-16

The initial bracket released on Selection Sunday includes 60 locked-in teams and four empty spaces, to be determined among eight teams — the four lowest-seeded automatic bids and the four lowest-seeded at-large bids — competing in the First Four play-in games. The winners of these four games will take up the final four available spots and complete the field of 64.

This year, the First Four matchups will be held on Tuesday, March 15 and Wednesday, March 16 in Dayton, Ohio.

NCAA Tournament Round 1

March 17-18

Round 1 of the NCAA Tournament consists of 32 games played between 64 teams over the course of two days (Thursday, March 17 and Saturday, March 18).

Games will be played across the following arenas:

  • KeyBank Center (Buffalo, New York)
  • Gainbridge Fieldhouse (Indianapolis, Indiana)
  • Dickies Arena (Fort Worth, Texas)
  • Moda Center (Portland, Oregon)
  • Bon Secours Wellness Arena (Greenville, South Carolina)
  • Fiserv Forum (Milwaukee, Wisconsin)
  • PPG Paints Arena (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
  • Viejas Arena (San Diego, California)

NCAA Tournament Round 2

March 19-20

Round 2 of the NCAA Tournament consists of 16 games played between 32 teams over the course of two days (Saturday, March 19 and Sunday, March 20).

Below are the following sites for the second round:

  • KeyBank Center (Buffalo, New York)
  • Gainbridge Fieldhouse (Indianapolis, Indiana)
  • Dickies Arena (Fort Worth, Texas)
  • Moda Center (Portland, Oregon)
  • Bon Secours Wellness Arena (Greenville, South Carolina)
  • Fiserv Forum (Milwaukee, Wisconsin)
  • PPG Paints Arena (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
  • Viejas Arena (San Diego, California)

Sweet 16

March 24-25

The Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament consists of eight games played between 16 teams over the course of two days (Thursday, March 24 and Friday, March 25).

Below are the following sites for each of the four regionals, comprised of the Sweet 16 and Elite Eight rounds:

  • AT&T Center (San Antonio, Texas)
  • Chase Center (San Francisco, California)
  • United Center (Chicago, Illinois)
  • Wells Fargo Center (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

Elite Eight

March 26-27

The Elite Eight serves as the national quarterfinal round of the NCAA Tournament, consisting of four games played between eight teams over the course of two days (Saturday, March 26 and Sunday, March 27). All games will be played at the same sites as the Sweet 16.

  • AT&T Center (San Antonio, Texas)
  • Chase Center (San Francisco, California)
  • United Center (Chicago, Illinois)
  • Wells Fargo Center (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

Final Four

April 2

The Final Four serves as the national semifinal round of the NCAA Tournament, consisting of two games played between four teams on Saturday, April 2. This year, the Final Four will be held at Caesars Superdome in New Orleans.

NCAA championship game

April 4

The NCAA championship game, the final game of the 2021-22 college basketball season, will be played on Monday, April 4 to determine the champion of the 2022 NCAA Tournament. It will be held at Caesars Superdome in New Orleans.

PREVIOUS WINNERS

YearChampionScoreRunner-up
2021Baylor (28-2)86-70Gonzaga
2020N/AN/AN/A
2019Virginia (35-3)85-77 (OT)Texas Tech
2018Villanova (36-4)79-62Michigan
2017North Carolina (33-7)71-65Gonzaga
2016Villanova (35-5)77-74North Carolina
2015Duke (35-4)68-63Wisconsin
2014Connecticut (32-8)60-54Kentucky
2013Louisville (35-5)*82-76Michigan
2012Kentucky (38-2)67-59Kansas
2011Connecticut (32-9)53-41Butler
YearChampionScoreRunner-up
2010Duke (35-5)61-59Butler
2009North Carolina (34-4)89-72Michigan State
2008Kansas (37-3)75-68 (OT)Memphis
2007Florida (35-5)84-75Ohio State
2006Florida (33-6)73-57UCLA
2005North Carolina (33-4)75-70Illinois
2004Connecticut (33-6)82-73Georgia Tech
2003Syracuse (30-5)81-78Kansas
2002Maryland (32-4)64-52Indiana
2001Duke (35-4)82-72Arizona
2000Michigan State (32-7)89-76Florida
YearChampionScoreRunner-up
1999Connecticut (34-2)77-74Duke
1998Kentucky (35-4)78-69Utah
1997Arizona (25-9)84-79 (OT)Kentucky
1996Kentucky (34-2)76-67Syracuse
1995UCLA (31-2)89-78Arkansas
1994Arkansas (31-3)76-72Duke
1993North Carolina (34-4)77-71Michigan
1992Duke (34-2)71-51Michigan
1991Duke (32-7)72-65Kansas
1990UNLV (35-5)103-73Duke
YearChampionScoreRunner-up
1989Michigan (30-7)80-79 (OT)Seton Hall
1988Kansas (27-11)83-79Oklahoma
1987Indiana (30-4)74-73Syracuse
1986Louisville (32-7)72-69Duke
1985Villanova (25-10)66-64Georgetown
1984Georgetown (34-3)84-75Houston
1983North Carolina State (26-10)54-52Houston
1982North Carolina (32-2)63-62Georgetown
1981Indiana (26-9)63-50North Carolina
1980Louisville (33-3)59-54UCLA
YearChampionScoreRunner-up
1979Michigan State (26-6)75-64Indiana State
1978Kentucky (30-2)94-88Duke
1977Marquette (25-7)67-59North Carolina
1976Indiana (32-0)86-68Michigan
1975UCLA (28-3)92-85Kentucky
1974North Carolina State (30-1)76-64Marquette
1973UCLA (30-0)87-66Memphis State
1972UCLA (30-0)81-76Florida State
1971UCLA (29-1)68-62Villanova
1970UCLA (28-2)80-69Jacksonville
YearChampionScoreRunner-up
1969UCLA (29-1)92-72Purdue
1968UCLA (29-1)78-55North Carolina
1967UCLA (30-0)79-64Dayton
1966UTEP (28-1)72-65Kentucky
1965UCLA (28-2)91-80Michigan
1964UCLA (30-0)98-83Duke
1963Loyola (Ill.) (29-2)60-58 (OT)Cincinnati
1962Cincinnati (29-2)71-59Ohio State
1961Cincinnati (27-3)70-65 (OT)Ohio State
1960Ohio State (25-3)75-55California
YearChampionScoreRunner-up
1959California (25-4)71-70West Virginia
1958Kentucky (23-6)84-72Seattle
1957North Carolina (32-0)54-53 (3OT)Kansas
1956San Francisco (29-0)83-71Iowa
1955San Francisco (28-1)77-63LaSalle
1954La Salle (26-4)92-76Bradley
1953Indiana (23-3)69-68Kansas
1952Kansas (28-3)80-63St. John's
1951Kentucky (32-2)68-58Kansas State
1950CCNY (24-5)71-68Bradley
YearChampionScoreRunner-up
1949Kentucky (32-2)46-36Oklahoma A&M
1948Kentucky (36-3)58-42Baylor
1947Holy Cross (27-3)58-47Oklahoma
1946Oklahoma State (31-2)43-40North Carolina
1945Oklahoma State (27-4)49-45NYU
1944Utah (21-4)42-40 (OT)Dartmouth
1943Wyoming (31-2)46-34Georgetown
1942Stanford (28-4)53-38Dartmouth
1941Wisconsin (20-3)39-34Washington State
1940Indiana (20-3)60-42Kansas