MARCH 2, 2020 March Madness 2020: Complete schedule, dates
Here is the March Madness schedule for the 2020 NCAA tournament, including the Final Four and NCAA championship game in Atlanta.
First, the TL/DR version:
Selection Sunday —March 15, 2020. You can watch at 6 p.m. ET on CBS.
First Four — Tuesday and Wednesday, March 17-18, 2020
NCAA Tournament Round 1 — Thursday, March 19, and Friday, March 20, 2020
NCAA Tournament Round 2 — Saturday, March 21, and Sunday, March 22, 2020
Sweet 16 — Thursday, March 26, and Friday, March 27, 2020
Elite 8 — Saturday, March 28, and Sunday, March 29, 2020
Final Four — Saturday, April 4, 2020
2020 NCAA championship game — Monday, April 6, 2020
The 2020 tournament field will be revealed on Selection Sunday — when the full field of 68, seeding, and bracket are released — on March 15, 2020.
NCAA predictions: Projections for the 2020 bracket We're about two weeks away from Selection Sunday. The wait is almost over. With the 2020 NCAA tournament nearly here, NCAA.com's Andy Katz has new predictions for the bracket.
Though his No. 1 seeds are the same four teams as last time, the order has changed: Kansas, Baylor, Gonzaga and San Diego State. There are also some changes on the seed line, as teams such as Wisconsin and BYU moved up.
Baylor, Kansas, Gonzaga and San Diego State held the top seeds in Katz's post-Super Bowl bracket and in this bracket with the in-season top-16 reveal. His earlier projections include a preseason bracket in September (50 days before opening night last fall), one in early December (100 days from Selection Sunday) and one in mid-January (about two months from Selection Sunday).
Projected No. 1 seeds: Kansas, Baylor, Gonzaga, San Diego State
It's the same four teams in the same locations: Kansas in the Midwest, Baylor in the South, Gonzaga in the West and San Diego State in the East.
But the order has changed.
Kansas is now Katz's No. 1 overall seed, with the Jayhawks taking that spot from Baylor. Last week, Kansas handed the Bears their first loss since Nov. 8. Baylor is now the second No. 1 seed.
Despite their losses last Saturday, Gonzaga and San Diego State remain the third and fourth seeds in the West and East.
Which teams could jump the Bulldogs and/or Aztecs for a top seed? Right now, Katz has Dayton, Maryland, Florida State and Seton Hall as the No. 2 seeds. In the NET rankings, Dayton is one spot ahead of San Diego State — No. 4 and No. 5.
Moving up in the 2020 NCAA tournament bracket predictions
A lot can change in a week.
Though most teams have played only two games, there has been some changes on Katz's field list of 68. Here are the teams that have made the biggest jumps in the last week:
Wisconsin: Up seven spots on the seed list from 26 to 19 (now a No. 5 seed)
Ohio State: Up six spots from 27 to 21 (now a No. 6 seed)
BYU: Up six spots from 28 to 22 (now at No. 6 seed)
USC: Up five spots from 40 to 35 (now at No. 9 seed)
Florida State: Up four spots from 11 to 7 (now a No. 2 seed)
BYU's rise is notable for a huge reason — the Cougars upset Gonzaga by 13 points last Saturday. BYU has now won eight games in a row to improve to 23-7 overall and 12-3 in the WCC. Gonzaga had won 40 consecutive regular-season conference games.
by Andy Katz