March Madness is officially here.
It’s Tuesday, which means the playoffs are already here. TruTV gets its annual moment as Texas A&M-CC and Texas Southern tip at 6:40 a.m. then Indiana and Wyoming follow this one at 9:10 a.m. (ET). Tomorrow will see two more matches, also on TruTV, on the same schedule. Bryant and Wright St. tip at 6:40 a.m. then Notre Dame and Rutgers tip at 9:10 a.m. In each case, the winner enters the field of 64.
As for this overall field, some background information: Gonzaga, Arizona, Kansas and Baylor are the four No. 1 seeds. Indiana, Notre Dame, Rutgers and Wyoming were the last four teams to enter, along with Dayton, Oklahoma , SMU and Texas A&M as the first four to come out. The bottom four will be on standby, serving as back-up teams in case a team has to pull out due to a COVID-19 issue.
When: The 2022 NCAA Men’s Tournament begins Tuesday and Wednesday in Dayton with the first four games. The first round of “64” begins Thursday and continues Friday with 32 games at eight different locations: Buffalo, Greenville, SC, Milwaukee, San Diego, Portland, Indianapolis, Fort Worth and Pittsburgh. The four regional venues are San Francisco, Chicago, Philadelphia and San Antonio, and the 2022 Men’s Final Four will take place in New Orleans on April 2-4.
On the women’s side, South Carolina, North Carolina State, Stanford and Louisville are the four No. 1 seeds. The women’s tournament will feature 68 teams for the first time ever and kick off March 16.