Once the final horn rings on the country’s conference championship games, the full 68-team field will come into focus for the NCAA's Selection Committee, who will announce the brackets Sunday afternoon on the “NCAA Basketball Championship Selection Show.”
Airing on CBS, the full program will serve as a glint of hope for many of this year’s Cinderella and bubble teams, while allowing contenders to examine their field on the road to the Final Four in Houston.
The show will breakdown the tournament’s four regions, East, West, Midwest, and South, as well as where each team is seeded. Each region contains 16 teams, seeded No. 1 to No. 16, and there’s also the First Four, the four teams who must play one extra game in order to make it into the first round.
This year, Michigan State is the favorite to win it all. The Spartans, powered by Player of the Year candidate Denzel Valentine and head coach Tom Izzo, are listed as 13/2 favorites to claim the national title, while the North Carolina Tar Heels (8/1 odds), the Kansas Jayhawks (17/2), and the Kentucky Wildcats (11/1) are also expected to make the Final Four, according to VegasInsider.com.
However, none of the four teams are a lock to claim the No. 1 seeds and there are lots of contenders this year. The Oklahoma Sooners (11/1), Xavier Musketeers (12/1), and Villanova Wildcats (14/1) are all expected to contend and possibly reach the Final Four.
Start Time: Sunday, 5:30 p.m. ET
TV Channel: CBS
Live Stream: CBS Sports