2024 Selection Sunday: Date, Time, Full NCAA Tournament Schedule

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Chase Kiddy @chaseakiddy Dec 13, 2023, 9:42 AM

The 2024 NCAA Tournament field will be announced on Selection Sunday – March 17.

The first NCAA Tournament games will be played two days later, on Tuesday, March 19.

Here’s the full 2024 NCAA Tournament schedule, starting with Selection Sunday on March 12 and ending with the Final Four in Houston on April 2 and 4.

NCAA Tournament Schedule

 

RoundCityVenueDates
First FourDaytonUD ArenaMarch 19-20
First/SecondCharlotteSpectrum CenterMarch 21-23
First/SecondOmahaCHI Health CenterMarch 21-23
First/SecondPittsburghPPG Paints ArenaMarch 21-23
First/SecondSalt Lake CityDelta CenterMarch 21-23
First/SecondBrooklynBarclays CenterMarch 22-24
First/SecondIndianapolisGainbridge FieldhouseMarch 22-24
First/SecondSpokaneSpokane ArenaMarch 22-24
First/SecondMemphisFedEx ForumMarch 22-24
West RegionalLos AngelesCrypto.com ArenaMarch 28-30
East RegionalBostonTD GardenMarch 28-30
Midwest RegionalDetroitLittle Caesars ArenaMarch 29-31
South RegionalDallasAmerican Airlines CenterMarch 29-31
Final FourPhoenixState Farm StadiumApril 6-8

First Four – Schedule & Location

Dates: March 19-20
Location: Dayton, Ohio
Venue: UD Arena

The First Four will return to Dayton for the 23rd time since the play-in format began in 2001.

First & Second Round – Schedule & Locations

Dates: March 21-23
Location: Charlotte, North Carolina
Venue: Spectrum Center

The Spectrum Center last saw NCAA Tournament games in 2018, when it played host to No. 16 UMBC’s historic upset of No. 1 Virginia.

Dates: March 21-23
Location: Omaha, Nebraska
Venue: CHI Health Center

The largest arena in the state of Nebraska has hosted men’s NCAA Tournament games four times since 2008. 

Dates: March 21-23
Location: Pittsburgh
Venue: PPG Paints Arena

The NCAA Tournament returns to PPG Paints Arena again, with Duquesne playing host. Pittsburgh is a common host because it’s a sports town that’s easily navigable for both mid-Atlantic teams and some midwestern teams. It was also used as a first-week site in 2022.

Dates: March 21-23
Location: Salt Lake City
Venue: Delta Center

The last men’s NCAA Tournament games in Salt Lake City were in 2019, when the host venue was named after Utah-based Vivint Smart Home Security Systems. The 2024 NCAA Tournament will be one of the first major events since Delta repurchased the naming rights in 2023. 

Dates: March 22-24
Location: Brooklyn, New York
Venue: Barclays Center

The Barclays Center – home of the Brooklyn Nets – will be a busy place in March. The Nets will play six straight road games from March 7-17 while the Atlantic-10 conference tournament is held at Barclays. 

The following week, the Nets will begin another long road stretch from March 21-27 as the A-10 conference plays host for first-week NCAA Tournament games. 

Dates: March 22-24
Location: Indianapolis
Venue: Gainbridge Fieldhouse

Like the Nets, the Indiana Pacers will take an extended road trip from March 20-27 as the NCAA Tournament occupies their building for first and second-round games. Gainbridge Fieldhouse was most recently used for first-week games in 2022.

Dates: March 22-24
Location: Spokane, Washington
Venue: Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena

The NCAA Tournament returns to Spokane for the first time in eight seasons. Curiously, the host school isn’t Washington State or Gonzaga, but the Idaho Vandals, who are about 90 minutes southeast and, obviously, across state lines. 

Dates: March 22-24
Location: Memphis, Tennessee
Venue: FedEx Forum

Memphis has played host to all kinds of exciting basketball, including conference tournaments for both the American Athletic Conference and Conference USA. It also hosted several NCAA Tournament second-week games. This will be the first time the men’s NCAA Tournament has been in Memphis since 2017.

Sweet 16 & Elite Eight – Schedule & Locations

Region: West Region
Dates: March 28-30
Location: Los Angeles
Venue: Crypto.com Arena

It’s always a big deal to play in the Sweet 16 and beyond, and there are few venues more appropriate for major college basketball than the home of the Lakers. 

Region: East Region
Dates: March 28-30
Location: Boston
Venue: TD Garden

Only UD Arena (Dayton) has hosted more tournament rounds than Madison Square Garden. This will be the fourth time the Garden has hosted regional games since 2014.

Region: Midwest Region
Dates: March 29-31
Location: Detroit
Venue: Little Caesars Arena

The NCAA Tournament has surprisingly little modern history in Detroit, so it’s great to see Little Caesars Arena play host to the Midwest Region games in 2024. This will be the first NCAA Tournament visit to Detroit since 2018.

Region: South Region
Dates: March 29-31
Location: Dallas
Venue: American Airlines Center

The American Airlines Center most recently played host to the women’s Final Four in 2023, which was capped by the epic game between LSU and Iowa. The men’s tournament hasn’t been here since 2018. 

Final Four & National Championship – Schedule & Locations

Dates: April 6-8
Location: Phoenix
Venue: State Farm Stadium

State Farm Stadium is probably better known as a football venue. In the last year alone, it hosted the Super Bowl and a College Football Playoff game. 

In 2024, it’ll add another Final Four to its history – its first since 2017. 

As of Tuesday, Dec. 12, Arizona and Purdue were +1000 co-favorites to win it all in Phoenix.

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Chase Kiddy

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Chase Kiddy is a writer for BetMGM and co-host of The Lion's Edge, an NFL and college football podcast available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and everywhere else. He has also written for a number of print and online outlets, including the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Washington Post, Daily News-Record, and HERO Sports. His first novel, Cave Paintings, is in development.

Chase Kiddy is a writer for BetMGM and co-host of The Lion's Edge, an NFL and college football podcast available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and everywhere else. He has also written for a number of print and online outlets, including the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Washington Post, Daily News-Record, and HERO Sports. His first novel, Cave Paintings, is in development.