Selection Sunday 2012 Time and Date for NCAA Tournament Brackets
|March 9, 2012||Posted by Dave Kingston under NCAA Basketball, Sports Schedules|
When the Selection Sunday 2012 time and date finally arrive, we’ll get the official reveal of this year’s NCAA tournament brackets. The drama of the NCAA tournament starts building in the fall when teams first report for Midnight Madness. It slowly builds throughout the season, garnering extra attention as Championship Week takes over in the first week of March. But before the complete and utter chaos that is the first-round of the tournament, there is the chaos of the filling of the brackets. This day is known as Selection Sunday.
Selection Sunday will be Sunday, March 11th and the Selection show will begin at the completion of the final Conference championship game played on that day – likely the ACC or Big Ten. Upon completion, which is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. ET, CBS holds exclusive rights for the Selection Sunday bracket reveal. They will have an in-studio crew who analyzes and discusses each bracket, region by region, as they reveal each seeding and who received favorable/unfavorable draws.
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2012 NCAA Tournament Brackets by Region:
Selection Sunday TV schedule:
NCAA Selection Show 6PM EST (CBS)
SportsCenter 6PM EST (ESPN)
Bracketology 7PM EST (ESPN)
Selection Sunday Online:
NCAA.com, ESPN.com, CBSSports.com
On the 6PM SportsCenter show, ESPN will also have in-studio analysts picking apart each quadrant of the bracket mere moments after the CBS official brackets are unveiled. Among the analysts usually seen giving their expert thoughts, analysis, and predictions are Dick Vitale, Digger Phelps, Hubert Davis, Bobby Knight, Doug Gottlieb, Jay Williams and Jay Bilas.
Once Selection Sunday specials have ended, it’s time for the March Madness and bracket predictions to start. The actual tournament will open two days later on the 13th with the first two “play-in” games. The NCAA tournament recently expanded to 68 teams from 65, so now there are four play-in games to help determine the round-of-64 match-ups.
The Madness as we know it begins on Thursday, March 15, with a full slate of 16 games on CBS (who has exclusive rights to the Final Four and Championship games), as well as the Turner family of networks – TNT, TBS, and TruTV.