Selection Sunday 2022 show time, TV channel for NCAA Tournament bracket reveal

College basketball’s judgment day has finally arrived — or, as the fans call it, Selection Sunday.

The NCAA Tournament selection show is the last thing standing between teams and their 2022 NCAA Tournament berth. For some teams, it’s merely a matter of seeding. Still others are on the edge of their seats, hoping their resumes are good enough to secure them entry.

Between regional breakdowns, surprising entries, snubs, fascinating early-round matchups and all the drama those storylines entail, it’s no wonder this is one of the most impactful — and suspenseful — hours of the season.

Regardless of whether your teams is securely in or on the bubble — of if you’re just a curious objective observer — The Sporting News has you covered on everything you need to know regarding Selection Sunday 2022:

MORE: Watch Selection Sunday, select NCAA Tournament games live with fuboTV (free trial)

When is Selection Sunday 2022?

  • Date: Sunday, March 13
  • Time: 6 p.m. ET

Selection Sunday 2022 will take place on Sunday, March 13. The official bracket reveal is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. ET, but could be delayed until the end of the final conference tournament being played that day (which will affect not only the seeding, but also determine automatic bids for March Madness). The final tip-off of the day will be the Big Ten Tournament championship, at 3:30 p.m.

What channel is March Madness selection show on?

CBS will air the NCAA selection show, which can also be streamed via NCAA March Madness Live, Paramount+ and fuboTV (which offers a free trial).

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NCAA Tournament 2022 selection format

The 2022 NCAA Tournament will comprise 68 teams at its start: 32 automatic qualifiers (i.e., teams that win their respective conference tournament championships) and 36 at-large bids. That mark was 31-37 last year, respectively, after the Ivy League elected to cancel its conference tournament in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The committee has no hard and fast rule to determine seeding, but does take such things as record, strength of schedule, the NET and RPI to determine seeding. The committee also uses the S-curve to seed the teams from 1-68 in a snaking pattern. So the top four teams (1-4) would be the No. 1 seeds in each of their respective regions. Teams numbered 5-8 through would be the 2-seeds in their regions, and so on.

The committee attempts to place teams in regions based where they place on the S-curve, but it must take several factors into consideration when it comes to seeding, including prioritizing shorter travel distance for teams that are higher up in the seeding. In 2021, because the entirety of the tournament took place within the state of Indiana, the committee didn’t need to take things such as geographic preferences into consideration. It was, in a sense, the most accurately seeded tournament in March Madness history.

March Madness bracket predictions

Here are the top four projected seeds for each region, per the latest predictions from The Sporting News’ Bill Bender:

  • 1-seeds: Gonzaga, Arizona, Auburn, Kansas
  • 2-seeds: Kentucky, Baylor, Duke, Wisconsin
  • 3-seeds: Villanova, Purdue, Providence, Tennessee
  • 4-seeds: Texas Tech, UCLA, Illinois, Arkansas

MORE: Tips for filling out your March Madness bracket

NCAA Tournament schedule 2022

The 2022 NCAA Tournament First Four starts on Tuesday, March 15 and concludes the following day, on March 16. The first round proper takes place from March 17-18; the second round is March 19-20; the Sweet 16 will be March 24-25; the Elite Eight runs from March 26-27; the Final Four is on April 2 and the national championship game will be played April 4.

Round Dates
First Four March 15-16
Round 1 March 17-18
Round 2 March 19-20
Sweet 16 March 24-25
Elite Eight March 26-27
Final Four April 2
National championship April 4

When is the First Four?

Eight teams — the four lowest-seeded automatic qualifiers and four lowest-seeded at-large bids — will play in four “First Four” games on Tuesday, March 15 and Wednesday, March 16. The winners of those games will advance to complete the final 64-team bracket.

  • Date: March 15-16
  • Time: 6 p.m. ET
  • TV channel: truTV
  • Live stream: NCAA March Madness Live, Sling TV

When is the Final Four?

March Madness in 2022 will conclude with the Final Four and national championship game rounds in New Orleans. The Final Four will take place on Saturday, April 2. The national championship game will take place on Monday, April 4.

  • Dates: April 2, 4
  • Time: 6 p.m. ET
  • TV channel: TBS
  • Live stream: NCAA March Madness Live, Paramount+, Sling TV

First Four

Tuesday, March 15

Game Time TV
TBD vs. TBD 6:30 p.m. truTV
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Wednesday, March 16

Game Time TV
TBD vs. TBD 6:30 p.m. truTV
TBD vs. TBD TBD truTV

Round 1

Thursday, March 17

Game Time TV
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Friday, March 18

Game Time TV
TBD vs. TBD Noon TBS, TNT, truTV, CBS
TBD vs. TBD TBD TBS, TNT, truTV, CBS
TBD vs. TBD TBD TBS, TNT, truTV, CBS
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Round 2

Saturday, March 19

Game Time TV
TBD vs. TBD Noon TBS, TNT, truTV, CBS
TBD vs. TBD TBD TBS, TNT, truTV, CBS
TBD vs. TBD TBD TBS, TNT, truTV, CBS
TBD vs. TBD TBD TBS, TNT, truTV, CBS
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TBD vs. TBD TBD TBS, TNT, truTV, CBS
TBD vs. TBD TBD TBS, TNT, truTV, CBS

Sunday, March 20

Game Time TV
TBD vs. TBD Noon TBS, TNT, truTV, CBS
TBD vs. TBD TBD TBS, TNT, truTV, CBS
TBD vs. TBD TBD TBS, TNT, truTV, CBS
TBD vs. TBD TBD TBS, TNT, truTV, CBS
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Sweet 16

Thursday, March 24

Game Time TV
TBD vs. TBD 7 p.m. TBS, CBS
TBD vs. TBD TBD TBS, CBS
TBD vs. TBD TBD TBS, CBS
TBD vs. TBD TBD TBS, CBS

Friday, March 25

Game Time TV
TBD vs. TBD 7 p.m. TBS, CBS
TBD vs. TBD TBD TBS, CBS
TBD vs. TBD TBD TBS, CBS
TBD vs. TBD TBD TBS, CBS

Elite Eight

Saturday, March 26

Game Time TV
TBD vs. TBD 6 p.m. TBS
TBD vs. TBD TBD TBS

Sunday, March 27

Game Time TV
TBD vs. TBD 2 p.m. CBS
TBD vs. TBD TBD CBS

Final Four

Saturday, April 2

Game Time TV
TBD vs. TBD 6 p.m. TBS
TBD vs. TBD TBD TBS

National championship

Monday, April 4

Game Time TV
TBD vs. TBD 9 p.m. TBS

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