The 2019 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament is being held from March 18th to April 7th, 2019. The tournament bracket was revealed early Sunday morning on CBS Sports. Also, the National Championship Game will be played at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota on April 8th, 2019 with tip-off scheduled for 9:20 p.m. Eastern Time.
The 68 teams that will be competing in the NCAA Tournament
The 68 teams that will be competing in the NCAA Tournament were revealed on Selection Sunday. The field of teams is made up of 31 automatic bids; those are given to each conference’s regular-season champion (except for the Ivy League, whose regular-season champion does not receive an automatic bid) and 32 at-large bids.
What time is selection Sunday 2019?
Selection Sunday 2019 will take place this year on March 17, 2019. The NCAA Tournament bracket will be revealed soon after beginning at 6 p.m., though there are some outlets that may release their own brackets early in the morning before 6 p.m. ET before CBS Sports begins to reveal the full 2018-2019 men’s basketball tournament bracket.
What’s at stake for all these teams with a chance to make it to the Final Four this year?
The winner of the National Championship receives a 15-foot, one-piece chrome national championship trophy, as well as a trip to the White House in early August. This year’s runner-up will receive a 9-foot, two-piece stainless steel runner-up trophy, along with a trip to Charlotte for the 2020 Division I Men’s Basketball Championship. The Final Four participants will each receive a 5-foot trophy made of black chrome, along with an assortment of other finalists prizes.
All 68 college basketball teams who are selected for this year’s Tournament are vying for 1 of the 2 trophies or prize packages that come with being selected into the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament this year.
The 68 teams in the tournament are divided into four regions (East, West, South and Midwest), which are made up of 16 teams each. Each region is then sub-divided into four groups (eight total) that play a round-robin schedule for the opening rounds of the Tournament. The top seed in each group will play the #16 seed, and No. 2 will play No. 15 in the first round – those winners will advance to the second round to play those seeds’ respective group winners.
Predictions for who may be crowned champion this season
Each year, there are four new teams that make the NCAA Tournament, while some teams will “reload” to improve their ability. This year, it’s still anyone’s chance at making it into this year’s Final Four and potentially winning the 2019 National Championship in April. Of course, we can’t forget about last year’s winners either – the Villanova Wildcats, who beat the Michigan Wolverines 79-62 in San Antonio.
In this year’s Tournament, it appears as though Virginia and Tennessee are the top contenders for winning the National Championship in Minneapolis on April 8th. It will be interesting to see which teams win their opening round games in order to advance to the Round of 32. This will be the first time in history that teams from all five of the biggest conferences (ACC, Big 12, Big 10, Pac-12 and SEC) will play in the same tournament.
It’s anyone’s game – good luck to all participating teams in this year’s NCAA Tournament!
The 2019 National Championship Game is scheduled for April 8th at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota with tip-off scheduled for 9:20 p.m. Eastern Time on April 8th – congratulations to both teams who make it to the Final Four!
This article was about the 2019 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament and all that you need to know as a fan of the tournament. This year’s tournament is expected to have some new teams in it, along with returning favorites for this year’s big tournament. We’ve also given details as to what both the winner and runner-up will receive if their team is one of the last two standing at this year’s tournament. There’s still a lot of basketball left to be played before the National Championship Game, so we’ll see over the course of the next couple weeks which teams win and which ones do not. Good luck to all teams involved in this year’s NCAA Tournament!