Get excited for March Madness with the 2017 NCAA Tournament bracket. The NCAA Tournament begins Tuesday, March 14, with two play-in games and ends Monday, April 3, with the national championship game. Find the full bracket below and print it here.
The real NCAA Tournament action gets underway Thursday and Friday, with 16 games on each day.
2017 NCAA Tournament bracket
2017 NCAA Tournament schedule
Tuesday, Wednesday play-in games
|6:40 p.m.||Mt. Saint Mary’s vs. New Orleans (Tuesday)||truTV||Dayton I|
|After conc. I||Kansas State vs. Wake Forest (Tuesday)||truTV||Dayton II|
|6:40 p.m.||NC Central vs. UC Davis (Wednesday)||truTV||Dayton I|
|After conc. I||Providence vs. USC (Wednesday)||truTV||Dayton II|
|12:15 p.m.||Notre Dame vs. Princeton||CBS||Buffalo I|
|12:40 p.m.||Virginia vs. UNC-Wilmington||truTV||Orlando I|
|1:30 p.m.||Butler vs. Winthrop||TNT||Milwaukee I|
|2:00 p.m.||Gonzaga vs. S. Dakota State||TBS||Salt Lake City I|
|After conc. I||West Virginia vs. Bucknell||CBS||Buffalo II|
|After conc. I||Florida vs. East Tenn.||truTV||Orlando II|
|After conc. I||Minnesota vs. Middle Tenn.||TNT||Milwaukee II|
|After conc. I||Northwestern vs. Vanderbilt||TBS||Salt Lake City II|
|6:50 p.m.||Maryland vs. Xavier||TNT||Orlando III|
|7:10 p.m.||Villanova vs. Mt. Saint Mary’s/New Orleans||CBS||Buffalo III|
|7:20 p.m.||St. Mary’s vs. VCU||TBS||Salt Lake City III|
|7:27 p.m.||Purdue vs. Vermont||truTV||Milwaukee III|
|After conc. III||Florida State vs. Florida Gulf Coast||TNT||Orlando IV|
|After conc. III||Wisconsin vs. Virginia Tech||CBS||Buffalo IV|
|After conc. III||Arizona vs. North Dakota||TBS||Salt Lake City IV|
|After conc. III||Iowa State vs. Nevada||truTV||Milwaukee IV|
|12:15 p.m.||Michigan vs. Oklahoma State||CBS||Indianapolis I|
|12:40 p.m.||Baylor vs. New Mexico State||truTV||Tulsa I|
|1:30 p.m.||Arkansas vs. Seton Hall||TNT||Greenville I|
|2:00 p.m.||Oregon vs. Iona||TBS||Sacramento|
|After conc. I||Louisville vs. Jacksonville State||CBS||Indianapolis II|
|After conc. I||SMU vs. Providence / USC||truTV||Tulsa II|
|After conc. I||UNC vs. Texas Southern||TNT||Greenville II|
|After conc. I||Creighton vs. Rhode Island||TBS||Sacramento II|
|6:50 p.m.||Kansas vs. NC Central/UC Davis||TNT||Tulsa III|
|7:10 p.m.||Dayton vs. Wichita State||CBS||Indianapolis III|
|7:20 p.m.||Duke vs. Troy||TBS||Greenville III|
|7:27 p.m.||Cincinnati vs. Kansas State / Wake Forest||truTV||Sacramento III|
|After conc. III||Miami vs. Michigan State||TNT||Tulsa IV|
|After conc. III||Kentucky vs. Northern Kentucky||CBS||Indianapolis IV|
|After conc. III||South Carolina vs. Marquette||TBS||Greenville IV|
|After conc. III||UCLA vs. Kent State||truTV||Sacramento IV|
2017 NCAA Tournament preview
The South Region appears to be the toughest to crack, with North Carolina, Kentucky and UCLA as the top seeds. Dark horse Wichita State, which the advanced numbers love, is buried as a 10-seed in that bracket.
All three of the top seeds in that region are listed at 10-1 or lower to win the championship — all among the eight best in the country.
But despite the difficulties UNC could face in the bottom of that bracket, the Tar Heels probably have the easiest path to the Elite 8. Butler and Minnesota are the No. 4 and No. 5 seeds in that region, and UNC would be at least a 6-point favorite over either team on a neutral court.
Villanova and Gonzaga have the easiest roads to the Elite 8 after that, but West Virginia looms as a No. 4 seed that could give Gonzaga trouble in the West. They’re our best value pick to win the NCAA Tournament.
Villanova may have some trouble in the Sweet 16 should they get there. Florida and Virginia, two teams the numbers love, could be waiting for the Wildcats in that game.
While bettors may be looking for a long shot in a tournament that seems like a complete toss-up, teams outside of 10-to-1 rarely cash. They may make a run to the Elite 8 or even the Final Four — think Wichita State in 2013, Syracuse in 2016, VCU in 2011. But since 1998, just one team outside of a top-three seed has won the NCAA Tournament — seventh-seeded Connecticut in 2014. The best teams usually win out in this tournament.