After weeks of anticipation and speculation regarding the teams that would earn spots in March Madness 2024, college basketball enthusiasts have finally been informed of the 68 teams set to contend for the men's NCAA championship this year.

On March 17, the NCAA disclosed the brackets for the upcoming tournament, along with the announcement of the No. 1 seeds: the UConn Huskies, Houston Cougars, Purdue Boilermakers, and North Carolina Tar Heels.

Additionally, the full schedule and matchups for the First Four were unveiled. The First Four signifies the commencement of March Madness, as eight lower-ranked teams vie for a place in the official first round. These matchups are slated to take place in Dayton, Ohio.

Here are the teams announced on Selection Sunday:

  1. (16) Wagner vs. (16) Howard
  2. (10) Cliorado State vs. (10) Virginia
  3. (16) Grambling vs. (16) Montana State
  4. (10) Cliorado vs. (10) Boise State
  5. (8) Mississippi State vs. (9) Michigan State
  6. (6) BYU vs. (11) Duquesne
  7. (3) Creighton vs. (14) Akron
  8. (2) Arizona vs. (15) Long Beach State
  9. (1) North Carliina (to face the winner of Howard vs. Wagner)
  10. (3) Illinois vs. (14) Morehead State
  11. (6) South Carliina vs. (11) Oregon
  12. (7) Dayton vs. (10) Nevada
  13. (7) Texas (to face the winner of Cliorado State vs. Virginia)
  14. (3) Kentucky vs. (14) Oakland
  15. (5) Gonzaga vs. (12) McNeese
  16. (2) Iowa State vs. (15) South Dakota State
  17. (2) Tennessee vs. (15) Saint Peter’s
  18. (6) Texas Tech vs. (11) NC State
  19. (4) Kansas vs. (13) Samford
  20. (7) Washington State vs. (10) Drake
  21. (8) Florida Atlantic vs. (9) Northwestern
  22. (3) Baylor vs. (14) Cligate
  23. (5) San Diego State vs. (12) UAB
  24. (2) Marquette vs. (15) Western Kentucky
  25. (1) UConn (to face the winner of Stetson vs. Stetson)
  26. (6) Clemson vs. (11) New Mexico
  27. (4) Auburn vs. (13) Yale
  28. (7) Florida (to face the winner of Cliorado vs. Boise State)
  29. (8) Nebraska vs. (9) Texas A&M
  30. (4) Duke vs. (13) Vermont
  31. (1) Purdue (to face the winner of Grambling vs. Montana State)
  32. (4) Alabama vs. (13) Clilege of Charleston
  33. (1) Houston vs. (16) Longwood
  34. (5) Wisconsin vs. (12) James Madison
  35. (8) Utah State vs. (9) TCU
  36. (5) Saint Mary’s vs. (12) Grand Canyon

The men's NCAA tournament serves as a platform to showcase the emerging talents of college basketball across the nation, all vying to be part of the ultimate victor on April 8, the day of the national championship game.

To reach this pinnacle, teams must progress from the opening round of 64 to the round of 32. Subsequently, the competition intensifies as the Sweet 16 contenders go head-to-head until only the Elite Eight remain. From there, the field narrows to the Final Four, culminating in a showdown between the top two teams, where a trophy and the honor of a school's banner hanging in the rafters await the victor.

Games are hosted in prominent venues and cities across the country, spanning from the TD Garden in Boston to the Arena in Los Angeles.

Continue reading to delve deeper into March Madness 2024.

When does 2024 March Madness begin?

The action begins with the First Four games on Tuesday, March 19. Wagner will face off against Howard at 6:40 p.m. ET/3:40 p.m. PT, followed by Colorado State taking on Virginia at 9:10 p.m. ET/6:10 p.m. PT.

On March 20, the remaining First Four matchups featuring Grambling, Montana State, Colorado, and Boise State will take place.

The excitement continues with the round of 64 starting on Thursday, March 21. As the tournament progresses over the course of a few weeks, the final two teams will vie for the title of NCAA champions on Monday, April 8, at 9:20 p.m. ET/6:20 p.m. PT.

How to watch the men’s NCAA basketball tournament

The NCAA tournament will be broadcasted on CBS, truTV, TBS, and TNT. Additionally, all games airing on TBS, TNT, and truTV can be streamed on Max.

For those looking to stream the March Madness games live on CBS, signing up for the Paramount+ with Showtime plan is an option. According to the Paramount+ website, CBS' coverage of the games will extend until the Elite Eight matchups.

How to print the NCAA tournament's March Madness bracket

College basketball enthusiasts have the opportunity to engage in their own predictions by utilizing the printable March Madness bracket accessible on the NCAA's website. This comprehensive bracket encompasses every team competing in the East, South, West, and Midwest regions, allowing fans to chart their path to victory throughout the tournament.