With the 2023 March Madness Tournament fastly approaching, we have all the information you need, from tip-off beginning the 14th March in Dayton, Ohio to the last four concluding in Houston, Texas from April 1st - April 3rd, including all the information regarding the venues hosting this year and where you can catch all the action on your TV.
March Madness 2023 - Dates, Venues & TV Channels
March Madness 2023 Key Information
March Madness 2023 Key Dates
The madness officially begins with Selection Sunday on the 12th March on CBS at 6pm ET / 3pm PT in which the twelve-member selection committee determines the 68 teams that will enter the “big dance”, their seedings and match ups in the bracket.
The First Four marks the beginning of March Madness from Tuesday 14 March and Wednesday 15th March in which the 4 lowest automatic-bid teams and the 4 lowest ranked teams compete to qualify for the 64 bracket that will play in the first round.
Once the First Four has concluded, the First Round begins spanning from the 16th - 17th March with the Second Round subsequently commencing from the 18th - 19th March.
Advancing from the preliminary rounds, the Sweet 16 and the Elite Eight trims down the top 16 teams to the final 8, with the Sweet 16 round dated for the 23rd - 24th March and the Elite Eight scheduled for the 25 - 26th March.
As the teams are whittled down to the Final Four which commences on April 1st, the final 4 will battle to book their place in the NCAA Championship game on April 3rd.
March Madness 2023 Venues
All of the First four round matchups have been contested in the University of Dayton Arena since its inception in 2011 (with the exception of the 2021 season due to the Covid-19 Pandemic) and will continue to do so until 2026.
The multi-purpose 13,400 seater stadium which is home of the Dayton Flyers marks the beginning of the month of madness.
The First/Second Rounds will all be contested in 8 locations this year:
March 16 & 18 - Legacy Arena (Birmingham, Alabama)
March 16 & 18 - Wells Fargo Arena (Des Moines, Iowa)
March 16 & 18 - Amway Center (Orlando, Florida)
March 16 & 18 - Golden 1 Center (Sacramento, California)
March 17 & 19 - MVP Arena (Albany, New York)
March 17 & 19 - Nationwide Arena (Columbus, Ohio)
March 17 & 19 - Ball Arena (Denver, Colorado)
March 17 & 19 - Greensboro Coliseum (Greensboro, North Carolina)
For the Sweet 16 and Elite Eight rounds that run from the 23rd - 26th March, 4 locations will share the hosting duties during these dates:
March 23 & 25 - T-Mobile Arena (Las Vegas, Nevada)
March 23 & 25 - Madison Square Garden (New York, New York)
March 24 & 26 - T-Mobile Center (Kansas City, Kansas)
March 24 & 26 - KFC Yum! Center (Louisville, Kentucky)
From the Final Four on April 1st to the Championship game on April 3rd, these matchups will be played at the home of the Houston Texans in their multi-purpose 72,000 seater stadium.
Previously, the NRG stadium hosted the South Regional semifinals and finals (Sweet Sixteen & Elite Eight) in the 2008, 2010 & 2015 seasons, as well as the Final Four in 2011, 2016 and now 2023.
How To Watch March Madness 2023
For March Madness this year, you will be able to catch every live game on CBS, TBS, TNT, and truTV with Selection Sunday exclusively on CBS on March 12th. As in previous years, the First Four will air only on truTV.
For the First and Second rounds, coverage will be shared between CBS, TNT, TBS, and truTV with the Sweet 16 and Elite 8 rounds broadcasted exclusively with TBS and CBS.
As March Madness comes to its conclusion, you can watch the Final Four and the Championship game exclusively on CBS.
During this time, you will be able to catch your favourite play by play commentators & Analysts throughout the tournament.
The 2023 tournament will also be the legendary CBS Sports broadcaster Jim Nantz’s final season as the lead play-by-play announcer for the Final Four and the Championship game, with the voice of the Brooklyn Nets Ian Eagle set to replace Nantz for the 2024 tournament.
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