The Elite Eight, officially the Round of Eight, refers to the stage of the NCAA tournament which the final eight teams compete in four games to determine who will advance. Those four winners will move on to the next destination — this year it’s in Minneapolis — to the Semi-Finals otherwise known as the Final Four.
In 1939, NCAA college basketball held their first ever championship tournament. Eighty years ago, that NCAA tournament started out with just eight teams in the entire bracket. In comparison, the 2019 has 60 more teams competing for the NCAA championship for a total of sixty-eight teams. The inaugural tournament’s first day is what we consider the quarterfinals or casually referred to as “Elite Eight”. It’s amazing to think about how much college basketball has grown.
That initial tournament had a total of seven games to determine the winner. Today’s edition of March Madness has more than than seven games completed in a few hours — and that’s not even a quarter of the first found matches. Now it takes four rounds of action and approximately 60 games before we reach the Elite Eight.
Elite Eight Bracket Schedule 2019
In honor of the the Elite 8, we designed our own Elite Eight bracket for the fans of the tournament from days gone by, as well as the modern day college basketball fanatics. First off let’s take a look at the official schedule.
Here’s a quick look at the Elite Eight schedule from the quarterfinals onto the finals set to be played in San Antonio. The Elite Eight quarterfinals (as well as the Sweet 16) will still be played in four different cities before converging in Texas for the Final Four and the championship game at the end of the month and beginning of April.
|Elite Eight||West||Anaheim||California||March 28|
|Elite Eight||East||Washington||D.C.||March 29|
|Elite Eight||South||Louisville||Kentucky||March 30|
|Elite Eight||Midwest||Kansas City||Missouri||March 31|
What is the Elite 8?
Elite Eight is a casual way of phrasing the Quarterfinals of the NCAA basketball tournament, but Elite Eight also depends on when the phrase was mentioned. Today’s modern definition means that you’re one of the final eight teams that have fought through three rounds of March Madness to emerge as one of the eight remaining teams. However, if you were to refer to “Elite Eight” in 1942, for example, another moniker for the Elite Eight was the “Exclusive Eight.” That’s because it meant you were one of the top basketball teams in the country, your team was one of only eight teams selected to play in the exclusive college basketball tournament.
Elite Eight Brackets: Printable in PDF, Blank
As with the Sweet Sixteen, Round of 64, and other printable tournament bracket needs prior to the Elite Eight, we have you covered with a fillable eight team bracket published in a variety of formats that are printer ready. Choose your eight-team bracket in PDF, a Word doc, or the full-size image. Once you choose the format you prefer, click and print. Interbasket makes it stress less.
When we searched for a quality Elite 8 bracket, we found there wasn’t very many appetizing options. So that brought us to publishing and designing our own bracket. You’ll see that our Elite Eight bracket is free of any bloatware: no unnecessary text, no branded images, or logos, and there’s no time stamp, so you can use this same bracket in 2020 or 2025. Our goal was to have a timeless version that anyone at anytime could make use of it. If this is our legacy, we’re okay with that.
In all this, we also created a beautiful, minimalist single-elimination blank 8 team bracket with zero NCAA branding. These are perfect for utilizing for any four game, single-elimination basketball tournament. You can even use it for football, baseball or any sport. It’s that flexible. Click here to download and print.
If this eight team bracket isn’t good for you and you’re looking for the larger NCAA Tournament brackets from this year’s previous rounds, we have those brackets and we’re just so happy that you asked.
Since the beginning of the tournament, we’ve created and published brackets at every round of the tourney, from the March Madness tournament bracket to completely blank brackets, to the Round of 32, all the way to the the Sweet Sixteen.