2015 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament

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2015 NCAA Men's Division I
Basketball Tournament
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2015 Final Four logo
Season 2014–15
Finals site Lucas Oil Stadium
Indianapolis, Indiana
NCAA Men's Division I Tournaments
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The 2015 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament will involve 68 teams playing in a single-elimination tournament to determine the national champion of men's NCAA Division I college basketball. It is scheduled to begin on March 17, 2015, and will conclude with the championship game on April 6 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Tournament procedure[edit]

Pending any changes to the current format, a total of 68 teams will enter the 2015 tournament. 31 of the 32 automatic bids teams will be given to the program that wins their conference tournament. The remaining automatic bid will go to the Ivy League regular season champion since they do not hold a conference tournament. The remaining 36 teams will be granted "at-large" bids, which are extended by the NCAA Selection Committee.

Eight teams—the four lowest-seeded automatic qualifiers and the four lowest-seeded at-large teams—will play in the First Four (the successor to what had been popularly known as "play-in games" through the 2010 tournament). The winners of these games advance to the main draw of the tournament.

The Selection Committee will also seed the entire field from 1 to 68.

2015 NCAA Tournament schedule and venues[edit]

2015 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament is located in USA
Dayton
Dayton
Jacksonville
Jacksonville
Louisville
Louisville
Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh
Portland
Portland
Charlotte
Charlotte
Columbus
Columbus
Omaha
Omaha
Seattle
Seattle
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2015 First Four (orange) and second and third rounds (green)
2015 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament is located in USA
Cleveland
Cleveland
Los Angeles
Los Angeles
Houston
Houston
Syracuse
Syracuse
Indianapolis
Indianapolis
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2015 Regionals (blue) and Final Four (red)

The following are the sites selected to host each round of the 2015 tournament:[1]

First Four

Second and Third Rounds

Regional Semifinals and Finals (Sweet Sixteen and Elite Eight)

National Semifinals and Championship (Final Four and Championship)

Media coverage[edit]

Television[edit]

CBS Sports and Turner Sports have US television rights to the tournament.[2] Coverage is detailed below:[3]

  • First Four - truTV
  • Second and Third Rounds - CBS, TBS, TNT, and truTV
  • Regional Semifinals and Finals (Sweet Sixteen and Elite Eight) - CBS and TBS
  • National Semifinals (Final Four) - TBS
  • National Championship - CBS

Radio[edit]

Westwood One has exclusive radio rights to the entire tournament.[4]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Preliminary round sites announced for 2014, 2015 NCAA tournaments". NCAA. December 16, 2012. Retrieved 12 May 2013. 
  2. ^ "CBS Sports, Turner Broadcasting, NCAA Reach 14-Year Agreement". NCAA. January 12, 2011. Retrieved 12 May 2013. 
  3. ^ "CBS Sports, Turner Sports announce programming schedule for 2014, 2015". NCAA. May 7, 2013. Retrieved 12 May 2013. 
  4. ^ "NCAA, Westwood One extend deal". NCAA. January 13, 2011. Retrieved 12 May 2013. 

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