To the college basketball fanatic, no greater words are spoken each March than “Selection Sunday.” March Madness begins the same way each year, and Selection Sunday 2020 falls on March 15. The NCAA selection show is slated for 6 p.m. on TBS (HTC Digital Plus 47 and HD 847).
While the 32 Division I conference tournament winners are recognized as automatic qualifiers and each receive a bid to the NCAA tourney, the remaining 36 slots are by invitation only. The selection committee, a 10-member NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Committee, is comprised of school and conference administrators who are nominated by their conference. These 10 people use a variety of stats and ranking to decide who receives an invitation.
Once the 68 teams are finalized, the madness begins. The selection committee ranks the teams 1 through 68. Four of the teams are eliminated in the first round of play, leaving 64 teams to be divided into four regions of 16 teams each. From there, each #1 seed plays the #16 seed in their region, presumably making the opening matchup easiest for the #1 ranked teams.
Every single March Madness game will be broadcast on either TBS, TNT, TruTV or CBS. We’ll post the full schedule here when it is available, but until then, use the HTC channel lineup guide to determine which channels you’ll need to familiarize yourself with so you don’t miss a minute of March Madness.