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When is Selection Sunday? All you need to know about the NCAA Tournament TV event

Selection Sunday is March 17, 2019

Selection Sunday falls really late into the month of March in 2019. Selection Sunday 2019 is one of the latest Selection Sundays in the history of the event. This year, Selection Sunday is on March 17th 2019. That evening, the NCAA Selection Committee will deliver their selections for the at-large bids and seeding for the 2019 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball tournament and CBS will announce those lucky 68 teams that will compete in this year’s tournament.

Once all the teams have been announced, college basketball fans and their co-workers rush off to their work printers and inkjets to print out the 2019 version of the NCAA tournament brackets.

For the women’s tournament, their bracket is filled on the next day, Monday, March 18, 2019.  The women’s selection show is also nationally televised. Tune into ESPN on Monday at 7 p.m. ET

Selection Sunday Dates Since 2007

Here’s the last several Selection Sunday dates from the last twelve years:

Selection Sunday Dates from 2007-2019
Year Day Date
2019 Sunday March 17
2018 Sunday March 11
2017 Sunday March 12
2016 Sunday March 13
2015 Sunday March 15
2014 Sunday March 16
2013 Sunday March 17
2012 Sunday March 11
2011 Sunday March 13
2010 Sunday March 14
2009 Sunday March 15
2008 Sunday March 16
2007 Sunday March 11

No March Madness without Selection Sunday

Obviously, March Madness can’t begin and brackets cannot be filled until all the teams have been revealed on the annual event called “Selection Sunday”. Selection Sunday is a huge event there’s a show to announce the teams. “The Selection Show” is broadcast nationally on CBS and on ESPN and streamed live on

Not only that, but television camera crews from both networks travel to all of colleges around the country to capture the teams’ reactions the moment they hear that their team has been seeded and that they have a chance to play in the “Big Dance”.

Once all the teams have been chosen, seeded and the printable brackets are ready to be actually printable, the “First Four” round will play that Tuesday and Wednesday to see which of those two teams will advance to the Round of 64. Then the first round will commence four days after Selection Sunday; on that Thursday.

Is Selection Sunday Always So Far Into March?

Apparently it has been. At least according to the past several years.

For example, in 2017, the day Selection Sunday fell was nearly halfway through the month — on March 12th, 2017. that’s almost two weeks into March before the nation found out the 68 college teams that would comprise the the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball tournament. We’re talking the same time around when the NBA is wrapping up and the most-dedicated bettors start searching online for sports book sites to bet on NBA postseason.

Selection Sunday coming in so late does makes sense when you look at the NCAA schedule of games and tournaments. After the NCAA regular season finishes up on March 5th comes the the dozens of conference tournaments eating up the second week of March. Then when all of those conference tournaments have determined a winner, this is typically the time when the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee (say that five times fast) holds their event.  Here’s the last ten dates of Selection Sundays:

Selection Sunday Dates from 2007-2017
Year Selection Sunday Date
2017 March 12
2016 March 13
2015 March 15
2014 March 16
2013 March 17
2012 March 11
2011 March 13
2010 March 14
2009 March 15
2008 March 16
2007 March 11

If you think this year is late into the month. You’re right. The tournament didn’t select teams until March 17th since 2013! That means the first round didn’t start until the 21st of March.

March Madness to April Insanity

Though the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament is synonymous with the month of March, the tournament always stretches into April. The actual championship game that determines the winner usually falls on the first few days of the following month. For 2019, the NCAA Men’s Title game is quite late — Monday, April 6th, 2019.

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