When does March Madness start?
After some play-in rounds earlier in the week, the first round of the 67-game NCAA tournament begins on Thursday, March 15, and ends on Friday, March 16. Then the field is narrowed to 32 teams, and the second round begins on Saturday, March 17, ending the next day, Sunday, March 18.
The "Sweet 16"
The plot starts thickening up here, when the final 16 teams in the country do battle, starting on Thursday, March 22, and ending on Friday, the 23rd.
The "Elite 8"
The "great 8," or "elite 8," or "outstanding octagon" (no one says that) square off on Saturday, March 24, with the last games tipping off on Sunday, the 25th.