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March Madness 2020: Schedules, Dates, Brackets, Odds For NCAA And Conference Tournaments


Kansas is the current favorite to win the 2020 NCAA Tournament MANHATTAN, KS – FEBRUARY 29: Devon Dotson #1 of the Kansas Jayhawks brings the ball up court during … [+] the first half against the Kansas State Wildcats at Bramlage Coliseum on February 29, 2020 in Manhattan, Kansas. (Photo by Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images)

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The calendar has flipped to March, which means the sports world will soon be focused on the 2020 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. Selection Sunday, which falls on March 15 this year, is just around the corner, a much-anticipated day during which the 2020 NCAA Tournament bracket will finally be revealed. There are only a few days to digest the Big Dance’s 68-team field before the deadline to submit picks to all the various pools and contests that make this such a special time of year. You won’t want to miss out on participating, so make sure you are aware of all the March Madness dates and times by checking them out below.

The 2020 NCAA Tournament technically starts on Tuesday, March 17 in Dayton, Ohio with the opening pair of play-in games and continues the next evening with the final set of contests to solidify the Round 1 matchups. The March Madness action won’t truly get underway until Thursday, March 19, however, when the first of a whopping 32 first-round showdowns tips off in the early afternoon, setting off a whirlwind four days of college basketball action that doesn’t stop until the Sweet 16 participants are determined. The second extended weekend of the 2020 NCAA Tournament, which starts on Thursday, March 26, will showcase schools trying to outlast the fierce competition in their region and navigate their way through the Elite Eight to earn a coveted Final Four berth. Once those tickets are punched, the Big Dance will converge on Atlanta for the final three games of the 2020 NCAA college basketball season. Mercedes-Benz Stadium is this year’s host for the Final Four, which includes a pair of semifinal matchups on April 4 and the 2020 NCAA Championship Game on April 6.

There are plenty of teams with aspirations of having their “One Shining Moment” and cutting down the nets at the conclusion of March Madness, but only one will be able to win six contests in a row to be crowned champions of the 2020 NCAA Tournament. Oddsmakers are currently favoring Kansas as the program to accomplish this herculean feat, but the tourney looks as wide open for the taking as it has been since expanding to its current 64-team format in 1985. The Jayhawks are only a slight, 6-1 favorite at this juncture, followed closely by Gonzaga at 7-1, Dayton at 10-1 and Baylor at 12-1. Three of these programs listed are projected by many “bracketologists” to earn a No. 1 seed when the brackets are released on Selection Sunday, but Dayton could land on the No. 2 line despite having the third-best odds to win it all.

Rounding out the list of top March Madness contenders is a trio of schools at 14-1 that includes Duke, Kentucky and San Diego State. Interestingly enough, the Blue Devils are currently projected to land on the No. 3 line after losing three of their last five games going into their regular season finale against bitter rival UNC on March 7. Despite their longer odds, San Diego State would have a real case to be a top seed if the tourney began today. The Aztecs finished their campaign with an incredible 28-1 record, losing just one game against UNLV by three points. Another program that isn’t getting much respect from oddsmakers is Florida State, which currently has 20-1 odds to win the 2020 NCAA Tournament but could easily end up as a No. 2, or even a No. 1 seed, when the brackets are revealed. The Seminoles are currently sitting at 24-5 going into their final game of the regular season and have picked up multiple statement wins over highly ranked teams in the hyper-competitive ACC. There is always the possibility of a Cinderella team playing spoiler as well, and with no clear-cut chalk set to participate in this year’s Big Dance, it might not be a bad idea to take a chance on one of the long shots that make it into the field.

Although the 2020 NCAA Tournament is just around the corner, there is still plenty of basketball left to be played during the various conference tournaments, where much will be determined before the selection committee can shape this year’s field. With that in mind, here is a look at the full schedule for both the Big Dance and each of the 32 conference tournaments taking place leading up to it. You can also find a full list of odds for every projected contender, although these will certainly change over the coming weeks. Be sure to check back for further March Madness updates as they become available, as well as find picks and predictions for the conference tournament championship games courtesy of Jon Price of SportsInformationTraders.com.

NCAA Tournament 2020 Schedule

  • Selection Sunday: March 15, 2020
  • First Four: Tuesday-Wednesday, March 17-18
  • Round 1: Thursday-Friday, March 19-20
  • Round 2: Saturday-Sunday, March 21-22
  • Sweet 16: Thursday-Friday, March 26-27
  • Elite 8: Saturday-Sunday, March 28-29
  • Final Four: Saturday, April 4
  • 2020 NCAA Championship Game: Monday, April 6

The full bracket—including all 68 teams in the field, their seeding and their region—for the 2020 NCAA Tournament will be revealed on Selection Sunday. CBS will broadcast the 2020 NCAA Selection show on TV at 6 p.m. ET and via stream at March Madness Live.

2020 NCAA Conference Tournament Schedule

Check out NCAA.com for a closer look at the matchups, seedings and brackets for each conference tourney.

  • AAC: March 12-15, Forth Worth, TX
  • ACC: March 10-14, Greensboro, NC
  • America East: March 7, 10 & 14, Campus sites
  • Atlantic 10: March 11-15, Brookyln, NY
  • Atlantic Sun: March 3, 5 & 8, Campus
  • Big East: March 11-14, New York, NY
  • Big Sky: March 11-14, Boise, ID
  • Big South: March 3, 5, 6 & 8, Campus sites
  • Big Ten: March 11-15, Indianapolis, IN
  • Big 12: March 11-14, Kansas City, MO
  • Big West: March 12-14, Anaheim, CA
  • Colonial: March 7-10, Washington DC
  • Conference USA: March 11-14, Frisco, TX
  • Horizon League: March 3, 5, 9 & 10, Indianapolis, IN
  • Ivy League: March 14-15, Cambridge, MA
  • MAAC: March 10-14, Atlantic City, NJ
  • MAC: March 9 & 12-14, Cleveland, OH
  • MEAC: March 10-14, Norfolk, VA
  • Missouri Valley: March 5-8, St. Louis, MO
  • Mountain West: March 4-7, Las Vegas, NV
  • Northeast: March 4, 7 & 10, Campus
  • Ohio Valley: March 4-7, Evansville, IN
  • Pac-12: March 11-14, Las Vegas, NV
  • Patriot: March 3, 5, 8 & 11, Campus
  • SEC: March 11-15, Nashville, TN
  • Southern: March 6-9, Asheville, NC
  • Southland: March 11-14, Katy, TX
  • Summit: March 7-10, Sioux Falls, SD
  • Sun Belt: March 7, 9, 11 & 14-15, New Orleans, LA
  • SWAC: March 10 & 13-14, Birmingham, AL
  • WAC: March 12-14, Las Vegas, NV
  • West Coast: March 5-7 & 9-10, Las Vegas, NV

The champion from each of the 32 conference tournaments receives an automatic bid to the 2020 NCAA Tournament, while the remaining 36 at-large bids are determined by the selection committee.

2020 NCAA Tournament National Championship Odds

  • Kansas +600
  • Gonzaga +700
  • Dayton +1000
  • Baylor +1200
  • Duke +1400
  • Kentucky +1400
  • San Diego State +1400
  • Louisville +1600
  • Florida State +2000
  • Maryland +2000
  • Michigan State +2000
  • Seton Hall +2000
  • Arizona +2500
  • Oregon +2500
  • Butler +3300
  • Creighton +3300
  • Iowa +3300
  • Ohio State +3300
  • West Virginia +3300
  • Clemson +4000
  • Michigan +4000
  • Penn State +4000
  • Villanova +4000
  • Wisconsin +4000
  • Auburn +5000
  • Florida +5000
  • Illinois +5000
  • Providence +5000
  • Purdue +5000
  • Rutgers +5000
  • Texas Tech +5000
  • Virginia +5000
  • BYU +6600
  • Houston +6600
  • Indiana +6600
  • Memphis +6600
  • Alabama +8000
  • Arizona State +8000
  • Cincinnati +8000
  • Colorado +8000
  • Marquette +8000
  • TCU +8000
  • Texas +8000
  • LSU +10000
  • Minnesota +10000
  • NC State +10000
  • Syracuse +10000
  • Tennessee +10000
  • Texas A&M +10000
  • UCLA +10000
  • USC +10000
  • Utah State +10000
  • Wichita State +10000
  • Xavier +10000
  • Arkansas +15000
  • Connecticut +15000
  • Davidson +15000
  • Georgetown +15000
  • Liberty +15000
  • Oklahoma +15000
  • Rhode Island +15000
  • Saint Mary’s +15000
  • SMU +15000
  • South Carolina +15000
  • Stephen F. Austin +15000
  • UNLV +15000
  • VCU +15000
  • Virginia Tech +15000
  • East Tennessee State +25000
  • Georgia Tech +25000
  • Mississippi State +25000
  • New Mexico State +25000
  • Notre Dame +25000
  • Pittsburgh +25000
  • Richmond +25000
  • Temple +25000
  • Tulsa +25000
  • Boston College +50000
  • UMBC +50000
  • Vermont +50000
  • Winthrop +50000
  • Wright State +50000

Odds for the 2020 NCAA Tournament courtesy of SportsBetting.ag and are current as of Wednesday, March, 4.

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