Selection Sunday 2020 show date, time, TV channel for NCAA Tournament bracket reveal

first_imgA double-edged sword, the NCAA Tournament selection show can prove exhilarating for teams that sneak into the tournament, and heartbreaking for those that fall just short. For those teams that know they will be a part of the final field, it’s just a matter of working out seeding — which can be fascinating in its own right, especially in a year without a clearly elite team that stands out above the rest.With that, here’s everything you need to know about Selection Sunday 2020, including dates, times, TV channel, bracket projections and more:MORE: March Madness projections 3.0: Predicting the final 68-team fieldWhen is Selection Sunday 2020?Date: Sunday, March 15Time: 6 p.m. ETSelection Sunday 2020 will take place on Sunday, March 15. The NCAA Tournament bracket reveal will air at 6 p.m. ET, though the full 68-team can’t be unveiled until the completion of that day’s various conference tournaments.What channel is March Madness selection show on?TV channel: CBSLive stream: NCAA March Madness LiveThe NCAA selection show will once again air on CBS, and can be streamed live online at NCAA March Madness Live. CBS will release the bracket region by region over the course of an hour, avoiding the disastrous 2018 experiment by TBS in which it revealed teams alphabetically — without unveiling the actual bracket bracket.A similar mishap took place in 2016, when CBS dawdled over its bracket reveal for two hours, allowing someone else to leak a completely accurate bracket on Twitter. Thankfully, this year’s show should be concise and focus on what people actually want to discuss: the bracket.NCAA Tournament 2020 selection formatThe 68-deep NCAA Tournament is comprised of two types of teams: automatic qualifiers and at-large bids. Automatic qualifiers, which make up 32 of the 68 teams unveiled on Selection Sunday, are granted entry into the NCAA Tournament by virtue of having won their respective conference tournaments. As for how the NCAA selection committee’s formula for choosing its 36 at-large bids: There is none.That said, the committee uses the recently installed NET ranking, which is now the organization’s primary sorting tool for evaluating teams during the season. It replaced the controversial RPI and enters its second year of use ahead of March Madness 2020.March Madness bracket predictionsThere’s no telling exactly which teams will make up the 2020 NCAA Tournament until Selection Sunday. Until then, the best you can hope for is an educated guest. That’s where Sporting News’ Ryan Fagan comes in: He will continue to monitor not only the NET ratings, but also the KenPom and KPI evaluation tools to project the full field of 68 ahead of Selection Sunday.His latest projections (released on Monday) feature the usual suspects at the top of the seed lines:Projected 1-seedsKansasGonzagaBaylorDaytonProjected 2-seedsSan Diego StateSeton HallFlorida StateMarylandProjected 3-seedsDukeLouisvilleCreightonKentuckyProjected 4-seedsMichigan StateVillanovaOregonOhio StateFagan’s full 68-team projection can be found here: The NCAA Tournament is the most thrilling, maddening time of year for basketball fans (hence the name “March Madness”). And it all begins with Selection Sunday.Before hoops fans can sink into that three-week culmination of the 2019-20 season, we first have to find out which teams will actually participate in March Madness. NCAA Tournament schedule 2020The 2020 NCAA Tournament starts on March 17 with the First Four and ends April 6 in Atlanta, host of this year’s Final Four and national championship games. The first and second rounds will be played March 19-22 followed by the Sweet 16 (March 26-27) and Elite Eight (March 28-29) a week later.RoundDatesFirst FourMarch 17-18Round 1March 19-20Round 2March 21-22Sweet 16March 26-27Elite EightMarch 28-29Final FourApril 4National championshipApril 6When is the First Four?Not all of the 68 teams will get to play in the 2020 NCAA Tournament. Eight teams — the four lowest-seeded automatic and at-large bids — will play in four “First Four” games on March 17 and 18 to earn entry into the tournament proper.Date: March 17-18Time: TBDTV channel: TruTVLive stream: NCAA March Madness LiveWhen is the Final Four?After the 2020 NCAA Tournament has been whittled down from 68, 64, 32, 16 and eight teams, it will conclude with the Final Four and national championship game in Atlanta.Dates: (April 4, 6)Time: TBDTV channel: TBSLive stream: NCAA March Madness LiveMore Selection Sunday news by Sporting NewsMarch Madness 2020: Road to NCAA Tournament is more generous to mid-majors than many believeMarch Madness 2020: Seeding Duke could be a devil of a problem for NCAA selection committeeSan Diego State’s pursuit of a No. 1 March Madness seed is in jeopardy; there’s one big reason whyWest Virginia’s lofty seeding in NCAA bracket preview suggests March Madness selections still need a tweaklast_img

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