If you’re a basketball fan, today is your Christmas. Tonight the field is set and announced for the NCAA Tournament and presented to all of us, this year on a new network and a new format. Gone are the days of CBS and the bracket unfurling little by little. This year, TBS has the call and the entire field is announced at the top of the show. From there, the brackets are unveiled and the matchups are discussed.
It’s certainly a different type of show and to be completely honest, I’m not sure that it’s an improvement. But I’ll watch, as will you, and we will be glad that we are just four days away from basically wall to wall basketball through the weekend.
For the fans of MACtion, there is little drama about who’s in. The Buffalo Bulls will be the only Mid-American Conference squad in the field of the NCAA Tournament, so we are all awaiting where they will land, where they are seeded, and who they will be facing. Frankly, with the new metrics and the several surprising conference champions, I wouldn’t be surprised if the Bulls are as high as a nine seed. Regardless of where they end up, they are a tough out and for the next few weeks at least, we are all Bulls fans (or should be).
Some other storylines to keep your eye on is the soft bubble this year and whether or not “name” teams make it in over midmajors that are far more deserving. I think we all know how that story ends, though.
Selection Sunday Show 2018
Date: March 11, 2018
Start Time: 6 pm EST
TV: The Selection Show can be watched live on TBS. The entire 68-team field will be revealed at the start of the show, followed by the brackets for all four regions.
Announcers: Greg Gumbel and Ernie Johnson will handle the main reveal with Clark Kellogg, Seth Davis, Charles Barkley and Kenny Smith giving analysis.
Online Stream: The show will be available on NCAA March Madness Live,
Bracket Projection: Be sure to check out SB Nation’s final bracketology on Sunday.
NCAA Tournament Schedule:
- First Four: Tuesday, March 13 and Wednesday, March 14
- First Round: Thursday, March 15 and Friday, March 16
- Second Round: Saturday, March 17 and Sunday, March 18
- Sweet 16: Thursday, March 22 and Friday, March 23
- Elite Eight: Saturday, March 24 and Sunday, March 25
- Final Four: Saturday, March 31
- National Championship: Monday, April 2