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When does the March Madness Tournament Start?

2017 March Madness

The 2017 Men's NCAA March Madness Tournament Bracket matchups will be announced on Sunday, March 12th between 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. EST. Our Printable March Madness Bracket will be available soon thereafter. The Play-in games will begin on Tuesday, March 14th and the actual tournament will begin on Thursday, March 16th at around 12:20 EST. The Championship game will be held on Monday, April 4th. Listed below is the complete dated schedule.

Office Pools

If you're looking for another office pool to run during the tournament we highly recommend trying our March Madness Block Pool, it's like the Super Bowl Squares, but you use the final score in every game of the tournament! Also check out our March Madness Props Pool, where the participants of your pool try to correctly answer 20 unique outcomes/questions, such as "Will any seed lower than a 4 make it to the Final Four?"

Dates of the Tournament

* Selection Sunday
March 12, 2017

* Opening-Round Games
March 14, 15, 2017

* First Two Rounds
March 16, 18, 2017
March 17, 19, 2017

* Regionals
March 23, 25, 2017

March 24, 26, 2017

* National Semifinals
April 1, 2017

* Championship Game
April 3, 2017

Television Schedule

Turner Sports and CBS Sports have television rights for the NCAA Tournament.

Play-in Games – truTV

1st and 2nd rounds – TNT, TBS, CBS, and truTV

Sweet Sixteen and Elite Eight – TBS and CBS

Final Four – CBS

National Championship – CBS

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