The most exciting tournament in the U.S. is just around the corner, as March Madness 2012 is set to begin.

This weekend marks Selection Sunday, which is the day the NCAA selects the teams and seedings for the 68-team single-elimination men's basketball tournament. By the end of selection process, there will be a clear view of the tournament brackets.

There is a First Four collection of games starting on Mar. 13 in which four lower-seeded teams battle to make the Second Round in the 64-team bracket. The Second Round games take place on Mar. 15 and 16.

The Final Four, otherwise known as the semi-finals, will take place on Mar. 31 at Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, with the title game slated for Monday night on April 2.

Every games can be seen on CBS, TBS, TNT, and TruTV. Former NBA and Auburn star Charles Barkely will be a studio analyst during the tournament.

Connecticut won the tournament last year, but has struggled this season with the loss of Kemba Walker to the NBA. Kentucky and Syracuse are frontrunners to win the tournament, but there are several dark candidates, and there usually are a good share of Cinderella teams, as well.

Anthony Davis of Kentucky and Thomas Robinson of Kansas are two players to pay special attention to as they are among the favorites for Player of the Year honors.

UCLA, which has won more titles than any other program (11), failed to make the tournament.