March Madness 2022: what is it, when is it played and which teams will play it?

One more year, the NCAA will close its season with its historic final tournament. During the next few weeks, the best universities in the United States will face each other in the most media and legendary tournament in American basketball. However, it is possible that, although you have ever heard of it, it is a championship still unknown to you. We solve all your doubts in the following lines.

What is March Madness?

It is the final championship of the season in American college basketball. Its structure is simple, with four rounds to a single match to finish the tournament with semifinals and final in Final Four format.

The tournament also begins with the First Four: a preliminary phase of 4 matches whose winners complete the final table of 64 teams with which the first round is played.

Which teams are contesting this 2022 edition?

They are a total of 68with the champions of the 32 conferences and 36 more teams that were selected based on their merits by a committee of experts from the competition itself, who value the losses and victories and the importance and difficulty of the calendar of the different teams that make up the NCAA.


Among these 68 participants are historical names such as Dukewho will experience a very special tournament as it will be the last for his legendary coach Mike Krzyzewski.

When are the matches?

The preliminary phase (First Four) will be held in the early hours of Tuesday 15 and Wednesday 16. The first round will integrate the Thursday 17 and Friday 18, with a total of 32 games. The Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 the second round will be played, while the round of 16 and quarters will be played the following week, from March 24 to 27.

The Final Four, which this year will be held in the city of New Orleans, will be in April, with the semifinals on saturday 2 and the grand finale monday day 4.

Where can I see each day?

In Spain, the rights to this competition are held by Movistar +which will offer some of the matches live in its programming, including the Final Four.

Furthermore, the platform ESPNPlayer will air the entire March Madness. Its price is 12 euros in the monthly subscription (which is how long the tournament lasts).

Who are the favorites and which players do you have to watch closely?

In the next few days, we will reveal in Giants which are the main talents to discover for the next NBA Draft, and we will also present you which teams are candidates for the title and which may be the main covered to be champions of this edition of March Madness .

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March Madness 2022: what is it, when is it played and which teams will play it?