2019 NCAA tournament: Bracket, schedule, scores, updates for Thursday’s Sweet 16 games – NCAA.com

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2019 NCAA tournament: Bracket, schedule, scores, updates for Thursday’s Sweet 16 games – NCAA.com

The 2019 NCAA tournament continues Thursday, March 28 with the Sweet 16. The official March Madness bracket, scores and schedule are below.

Click or tap right here to open up a printable version of the March Madness bracket pictured below in a new tab or window. You can print the bracket in landscape or horizontal mode. Here is a .JPG of the 2019 NCAA bracket if you’d like a copy in that format:

2019 NCAA tournament bracket

Click or tap here for a printable bracket.

2019 NCAA tournament: Schedule, scores

March Madness 2019 dates, schedule, live streams and TV networks

GameLivestreamTime (ET)TVSite
Sweet 16, Thursday, March 28    
Florida State vs. GonzagaMarch Madness Live7:09 pmCBSAnaheim, CA
Purdue vs. TennesseeMarch Madness Live7:29 pmTBSLouisville, KY
Texas Tech vs. MichiganMarch Madness Live9:39 pmCBSAnaheim, CA
Oregon vs. VirginiaMarch Madness Live9:57 pmTBSLouisville, KY
Sweet 16, Friday, March 29    
LSU vs. Michigan StateMarch Madness Live7:09 pmCBSWashington, D.C.
Auburn vs. North CarolinaMarch Madness Live7:29 pmTBSKansas City, MO
Virginia Tech vs. DukeMarch Madness Live9:39 pmCBSWashington, D.C.
Houston vs. KentuckyMarch Madness Live9:57 pmTBSKansas City, MO
Saturday, March 30    
West Regional FinalMarch Madness Live6:00 pm or 8:30 pmTBSAnaheim, CA
South Regional FinalMarch Madness Live6:00 pm or 8:30 pmTBSLouisville, KY
Sunday, March 31    
East Regional FinalMarch Madness Live2:00 pm or 4:55 pmCBSWashington, D.C.
Midwest Regional FinalMarch Madness Live2:00 pm or 4:55 pmCBSKansas City, MO
Saturday, April 6    
Final FourMarch Madness Live6:00 pmCBSMinneapolis, MN
Final FourMarch Madness Live8:30 pmCBSMinneapolis, MN
Monday, April 8    
National ChampionshipMarch Madness Live9:00 pmCBSMinneapolis, MN
March Madness 2019, so far    
First Four, Tuesday, March 19    
Fairleigh Dickinson 82, Prairie View A&M 76March Madness Live6:30 pmtruTVDayton, OH
Belmont 81, Temple 70 March Madness Live9:00 pmTruTVDayton, OH
First Four, Wednesday, March 20    
North Dakota State 78, NC Central 74March Madness Live 6:30 pmtruTVDayton, OH
Arizona State 74, St. John’s 65March Madness Live9:00 pmtruTVDayton, OH
First round, Thursday, March 21    
Minnesota 86, Louisville 76March Madness Live12:15 pmCBSDes Moines, IA
LSU 79, Yale 74March Madness Live12:40 pmtruTVJacksonville, FL
Auburn 78, New Mexico State 77March Madness Live 1:30 pmTNTSalt Lake City, UT
Florida State 76, Vermont 69March Madness Live2:00 pmTBSHartford, CT
Michigan State 76, Bradley 65March Madness Live 2:45 pmCBSDes Moines, IA
Maryland 79, Belmont 77March Madness Live3:10 pmtruTVJacksonville, FL
Kansas 87, Northeastern 53March Madness Live4:00 pmTNTSalt Lake City, UT
Murray State 83, Marquette 64March Madness Live4:30 pmTBSHartford, CT
Florida 70, Nevada 61March Madness Live6:50 pmTNTDes Moines, IA
Kentucky 79, Abilene Christian 44March Madness Live7:10 pmCBSJacksonville, FL
Villanova 61, Saint Mary’s 57March Madness Live7:20 pmTBSHartford, CT
Gonzaga 87, Fairleigh Dickinson 49March Madness Live7:27 pmtruTVSalt Lake City, UT
Michigan 74, Montana 55March Madness Live9:20 pmTNTDes Moines, IA
Wofford 84, Seton Hall 68March Madness Live9:40 pmCBSJacksonville, FL
Purdue 61, Old Dominion 48March Madness Live9:50 pmTBSHartford, CT
Baylor 78, Syracuse 69March Madness Live9:57 pmtruTVSalt Lake City, UT
First round, Friday, March 22    
Iowa 79, Cincinnati 72 March Madness Live12:15 pmCBSColumbus, OH
Oklahoma 95, Mississippi 72March Madness Live12:40 pmtruTVColumbia, SC
Texas Tech 72, Northern Kentucky 57March Madness Live1:30 pmTNTTulsa, OK
UC Irvine 70, Kansas State 64March Madness Live2:00 pm TBSSan Jose, CA
Tennessee 77, Colgate 70March Madness Live2:45 pmCBSColumbus, OH
Virginia 71, Gardner-Webb 56March Madness Live3:10 pmtruTVColumbia, SC
Buffalo 91, Arizona State 74March Madness Live4:00 pmTNTTulsa, OK
Oregon 72, Wisconsin 54March Madness Live4:30 pmTBSSan Jose, CA
Washington 78, Utah State 61March Madness Live6:50 pmTNTColumbus, OH
Duke 85, North Dakota State 62March Madness Live7:10 pmCBSColumbia, SC
Houston 84, Georgia State 55March Madness Live7:20 pmTBSTulsa, OK 
Liberty 80, Mississippi State 76March Madness Live7:27 pmtruTVSan Jose, CA
North Carolina 88, Iona 73March Madness Live9:20 pmTNTColumbus, OH
UCF 73, VCU 58March Madness Live9:40 pmCBSColumbia, SC
Ohio State 62, Iowa State 59March Madness Live9:50 pmTBSTulsa, OK
Virginia Tech 66, Saint Louis 52March Madness Live 9:57 pmtruTVSan Jose, CA
Second round, Saturday, March 23    
LSU 69, Maryland 67March Madness Live12:10 pmCBSJacksonville, FL
Kentucky 62, Wofford 56March Madness Live2:40 pmCBSJacksonville, FL
Michigan 64, Florida 49March Madness Live5:15 pmCBSDes Moines, IA
Florida State 90, Murray State 62March Madness Live6:10 pmTNTHartford, CT
Gonzaga 83, Baylor 71March Madness Live7:10 pmTBSSalt Lake City, UT
Michigan State 70, Minnesota 50March Madness Live7:45 pmCBSDes Moines, IA
Purdue 87, Villanova 61March Madness Live8:40 pmTNTHartford, CT
Auburn 89, Kansas 75March Madness Live9:40 pmTBSSalt Lake City, UT
Second round, Sunday, March 24    
Tennessee 83, Iowa 77 (OT)March Madness Live12:10 pmCBSColumbus, OH
North Carolina 81, Washington 59March Madness Live2:40 pmCBSColumbus, OH
Duke 77, UCF 76March Madness Live5:25 pmCBSColumbia, SC
Texas Tech 78, Buffalo 58March Madness Live6:10 pmTNTTulsa, OK
Virginia Tech 67, Liberty 58March Madness Live7:10 pmTBSSan Jose, CA
Virginia 63, Oklahoma 51March Madness Live7:45 pmtruTVColumbia, SC
Houston 74, Ohio State 59March Madness Live8:40 pmTNTTulsa, OK
Oregon 73, UC Irvine 54March Madness Live9:40 pmTBSSan Jose, CA

One storyline to follow along with the games is how long Gregg Nigl’s perfect bracket remains perfect. The 40-year-old neuropsychologist has picked every game correctly so far — the longest verifiable perfect bracket in the history of the NCAA tournament. We’re tracking the last perfect bracket here and here are Nigl’s next eight picks:

Date/TIME (ET)GamePick
3/28 at 7:09 PM(1) Gonzaga vs. (4) Florida StateGonzaga
3/28 at 7:29 PM(2) Tennessee vs. (3) PurdueTennessee
3/28 at 9:39 PM(2) Michigan vs. (3) Texas TechMichigan
3/28 at 9:57 PM(1) Virginia vs. (12) OregonVirginia
3/29 at 7:09 PM(2) Michigan State vs. (3) LSUMichigan State
3/29 at 7:29 PM(1) UNC vs. (5) AuburnUNC
3/29 at 9:39 PM(1) Duke vs. (4) Virginia TechDuke
3/29 at 9:57 PM(2) Kentucky vs. (3) HoustonKentucky

2019 NCAA tournament: Teams

Here is the complete list of teams in the tournament. They are listed in alphabetical order:

Abilene Christian

Arizona State

Auburn

Baylor

Belmont

Bradley

Buffalo

Cincinnati

Colgate

Duke

Fairleigh Dickinson

Florida

Florida State

Gardner-Webb

Georgia State

Gonzaga

Houston

Iona

Iowa

Iowa State

Kansas

Kansas State

Kentucky

Liberty

Louisville

LSU

Marquette

Maryland

Michigan

Michigan State

Minnesota

Mississippi State

Montana

Murray State

Nevada

New Mexico State

North Carolina

North Carolina Central

North Dakota State

Northeastern

Northern Kentucky

Ohio State

Oklahoma

Old Dominion

Ole Miss

Oregon

Prairie View A&M

Purdue

Saint Louis

Seton Hall

St. John’s

St. Mary’s

Syracuse

Temple

Tennessee

Texas Tech

UC Irvine

UCF

Utah State

VCU

Vermont

Villanova

Virginia

Virginia Tech

Washington

Wisconsin

Wofford

Yale

Who won the first March Madness?

The inaugural tournament had just eight teams, and saw Oregon beat Ohio State 46-33 for the title in 1939:.

Who has won every NCAA tournament?

In the 80 years since the tournament’s inception, 35 different teams have won a championship, but no team has won more than UCLA, which has 11, 10 of which came a span of 12 years from 1964 to 1975.

Here is the list of every men’s basketball national championship since the NCAA tournament first started in 1939:

YEARCHAMPION (RECORD)COACHSCORERUNNER-UPSITE
2018Villanova (36-4)Jay Wright79-62MichiganSan Antonio, Tex.
2017North Carolina (33-7)Roy Williams71-65GonzagaPhoenix, Ariz.
2016Villanova (35-5)Jay Wright77-74North CarolinaHouston, Texas
2015Duke (35-4)Mike Krzyzewski68-63WisconsinIndianapolis, Ind.
2014Connecticut (32-8)Kevin Ollie60-54KentuckyArlington, Texas
2013Louisville (35-5)*Rick Pitino82-76MichiganAtlanta, Ga.
2012Kentucky (38-2)John Calipari67-59KansasNew Orleans, La.
2011Connecticut (32-9)Jim Calhoun53-41ButlerHouston, Texas
2010Duke (35-5)Mike Krzyzewski61-59ButlerIndianapolis, Ind.
2009North Carolina (34-4)Roy Williams89-72Michigan StateDetroit, Mich.
2008Kansas (37-3)Bill Self75-68 (OT)MemphisSan Antonio, Texas
2007Florida (35-5)Billy Donovan84-75Ohio StateAtlanta, Ga.
2006Florida (33-6)Billy Donovan73-57UCLAIndianapolis, Ind.
2005North Carolina (33-4)Roy Williams75-70IllinoisSt. Louis, Mo.
2004Connecticut (33-6)Jim Calhoun82-73Georgia TechSan Antonio, Texas
2003Syracuse (30-5)Jim Boeheim81-78KansasNew Orleans, La.
2002Maryland (32-4)Gary Williams64-52IndianaAtlanta, Ga.
2001Duke (35-4)Mike Krzyzewski82-72ArizonaMinneapolis, Minn.
2000Michigan State (32-7)Tom Izzo89-76FloridaIndianapolis, Ind.
1999Connecticut (34-2)Jim Calhoun77-74DukeSt. Petersburg, Fla.
1998Kentucky (35-4)Tubby Smith78-69UtahSan Antonio, Texas
1997Arizona (25-9)Lute Olson84-79 (OT)KentuckyIndianapolis, Ind.
1996Kentucky (34-2)Rick Pitino76-67SyracuseEast Rutherford, N.J.
1995UCLA (31-2)Jim Harrick89-78ArkansasSeattle, Wash.
1994Arkansas (31-3)Nolan Richardson76-72DukeCharlotte, N.C.
1993North Carolina (34-4)Dean Smith77-71MichiganNew Orleans, La.
1992Duke (34-2)Mike Krzyzewski71-51MichiganMinneapolis, Minn.
1991Duke (32-7)Mike Krzyzewski72-65KansasIndianapolis, Ind.
1990UNLV (35-5)Jerry Tarkanian103-73DukeDenver, Colo.
1989Michigan (30-7)Steve Fisher80-79 (OT)Seton HallSeattle, Wash.
1988Kansas (27-11)Larry Brown83-79OklahomaKansas City, Mo.
1987Indiana (30-4)Bob Knight74-73SyracuseNew Orleans, La.
1986Louisville (32-7)Denny Crum72-69DukeDallas, Texas
1985Villanova (25-10)Rollie Massimino66-64GeorgetownLexington, Ky,
1984Georgetown (34-3)John Thompson84-75HoustonSeattle, Wash.
1983North Carolina State (26-10)Jim Valvano54-52HoustonAlbuquerque, N.M.
1982North Carolina (32-2)Dean Smith63-62GeorgetownNew Orleans, La.
1981Indiana (26-9)Bob Knight63-50North CarolinaPhiladelphia, Pa.
1980Louisville (33-3)Denny Crum59-54UCLAIndianapolis, Ind.
1979Michigan State (26-6)Jud Heathcote75-64Indiana StateSalt Lake City, Utah
1978Kentucky (30-2)Joe Hall94-88DukeSt. Louis, Mo.
1977Marquette (25-7)Al McGuire67-59North CarolinaAtlanta, Ga.
1976Indiana (32-0)Bob Knight86-68MichiganPhiladelphia, Pa.
1975UCLA (28-3)John Wooden92-85KentuckySan Diego, Calif.
1974North Carolina State (30-1)Norm Sloan76-64MarquetteGreensboro, N.C.
1973UCLA (30-0)John Wooden87-66Memphis StateSt. Louis, Mo.
1972UCLA (30-0)John Wooden81-76Florida StateLos Angeles, Calif.
1971UCLA (29-1)John Wooden68-62VillanovaHouston, Texas
1970UCLA (28-2)John Wooden80-69JacksonvilleCollege Park, Md.
1969UCLA (29-1)John Wooden92-72PurdueLouisville, Ky.
1968UCLA (29-1)John Wooden78-55North CarolinaLos Angeles, Calif.
1967UCLA (30-0)John Wooden79-64DaytonLouisville, Ky.
1966UTEP (28-1)Don Haskins72-65KentuckyCollege Park, Md.
1965UCLA (28-2)John Wooden91-80MichiganPortland, Ore.
1964UCLA (30-0)John Wooden98-83DukeKansas City, Mo.
1963Loyola (Ill.) (29-2)George Ireland60-58 (OT)CincinnatiLouisville, Ky.
1962Cincinnati (29-2)Ed Jucker71-59Ohio StateLouisville, Ky.
1961Cincinnati (27-3)Ed Jucker70-65 (OT)Ohio StateKansas City, Mo.
1960Ohio State (25-3)Fred Taylor75-55CaliforniaDaly City, Calif.
1959California (25-4)Pete Newell71-70West VirginiaLouisville, Ky.
1958Kentucky (23-6)Adolph Rupp84-72SeattleLouisville, Ky.
1957North Carolina (32-0)Frank McGuire54-53 (3OT)KansasKansas City, Mo.
1956San Francisco (29-0)Phil Woolpert83-71IowaEvanston, Ill.
1955San Francisco (28-1)Phil Woolpert77-63LaSalleKansas City, Mo.
1954La Salle (26-4)Ken Loeffler92-76BradleyKansas City, Mo.
1953Indiana (23-3)Branch McCracken69-68KansasKansas City, Mo.
1952Kansas (28-3)Phog Allen80-63St. John’sSeattle, Wash.
1951Kentucky (32-2)Adolph Rupp68-58Kansas StateMinneapolis, Minn.
1950CCNY (24-5)Nat Holman71-68BradleyNew York, N.Y.
1949Kentucky (32-2)Adolph Rupp46-36Oklahoma A&MSeattle, Wash.
1948Kentucky (36-3)Adolph Rupp58-42BaylorNew York, N.Y.
1947Holy Cross (27-3)Doggie Julian58-47OklahomaNew York, N.Y.
1946Oklahoma State (31-2)Henry Iba43-40North CarolinaNew York, N.Y.
1945Oklahoma State (27-4)Henry Iba49-45NYUNew York, N.Y.
1944Utah (21-4)Vadal Peterson42-40 (OT)DartmouthNew York, N.Y.
1943Wyoming (31-2)Everett Shelton46-34GeorgetownNew York, N.Y.
1942Stanford (28-4)Everett Dean53-38DartmouthKansas City, Mo.
1941Wisconsin (20-3)Bud Foster39-34Washington StateKansas City, Mo.
1940Indiana (20-3)Branch McCracken60-42KansasKansas City, Mo.
1939Oregon (29-5)Howard Hobson46-33Ohio StateEvanston, Ill.

*Louisville’s participation in the 2013 tournament was later vacated by the Committee on Infractions.

What were the most memorable championship games in March Madness history?

Some recent classics include the 1989 title game, when No. 3 Michigan defeated No. 3 Seton Hall, 70-69 in overtime and the 2016 national title game when Villanova beat North Carolina, 77-74, on a shot at the buzzer by Kris Jenkins.

You can read more about classic NCAA games here and watch them all on NCAA on Demand on YouTube.

How are March Madness teams selected?

There are two ways that a team can earn a bid to the NCAA tournament. The 32 Division I conferences all receive an automatic bid, which they each award to the team that wins the postseason conference tournament. Regardless of how a team performed during the regular season, if they are eligible for postseason play and win their conference tournament, they receive a bid to the NCAA tournament. These teams are known as automatic qualifiers.

The second avenue for an invitation is an at-large bid. The selection committee (more on them in a second) convenes on Selection Sunday, after all regular season and conference tournament games are played, and decides which 36 teams that are not automatic qualifiers have the pedigree to earn an invitation to the tournament.

Who is on the March Madness Selection Committee? 

School and conference administrators are nominated by their conference. Those who are selected serve five-year terms and represent a cross-section of the Division I membership. 

Currently, the chair of the committee is Bernard Muir, the director of athletics at Stanford. 

Here are the rest of the committee members: 

  • Mitch Barnhart, director of athletics, University of Kentucky 
  • Tom Burnett, commissioner, Southland Conference 
  • Janet Cone, director of athletics, University of North Carolina Asheville 
  • Bernadette McGlade, commissioner, Atlantic 10 Conference 
  • Michael O’Brien, vice president and director of athletics, University of Toledo 
  • Jim Phillips, vice president for athletics and recreation, Northwestern University 
  • Chris Reynolds, vice president for intercollegiate athletics, Bradley University 
  • Craig Thompson, commissioner, Mountain West Conference 
  • Kevin White, director of athletics, Duke University 

What is the importance of seeding?

The NCAA men’s basketball tournament is made up of 68 teams. On Selection Sunday, before any tournament game is played, those teams are ranked 1 through 68 by the Selection Committee, with the best team in college basketball — based on regular season and conference tournament performance — sitting at No. 1. Four of those teams are eliminated in the opening round of the tournament (known as the First Four), leaving us with a field of 64 for the first round.

Those 64 teams are split into four regions of 16 teams each, with each team being ranked 1 through 16. That ranking is the team’s seed. 

In order to reward better teams, first-round matchups are determined by pitting the top team in the region against the bottom team (No. 1 vs. No. 16). Then the next highest vs. the next lowest (No. 2 vs. No. 15), and so on. In theory, this means that the 1 seeds have the easiest opening matchup in the bracket.

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