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2022 NCAA Tournament schedule: March Madness bracket, locations, game dates, TV tipoff times

It’s hard to believe that nearly three years ago was the last time the last “normal” NCAA Tournament took place back, back in 2019.  Throughout the nation and even in college basketball, a lot has changed. After the Big Dance was canceled in 2020 amid the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 event was held in a controlled environment with limited attendance.

Finally, at long last, the bracket is set for a 2022 NCAA Tournament that should be a beautiful reminder of everything that makes March Madness so great. Preliminary games will be played at venues spanning the country with full attendance allowed and diminished concern over health and safety protocols.

With Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski participating his last NCAA Tournament after missing out on last season’s event and Kentucky also back in the Big Dance after a rare down season, there is plenty of blue-blood power near the top of the bracket. Arizona being a No. 1 seed under first-year coach Tommy Lloyd is another perfect example of that. 

There are also some incredible potential Cinderella teams to keep an eye on, such as No. 14 seed Longwood making its first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance and those ever-pesky Ramblers of Loyola-Chicago, which landed a No. 10 seed.

Time is running out for Brackets! Fill out your brackets in your pools and enter for a chance to win a trip to the 2023 Men’s Final FourⓇ.

Be sure to check in often as this story will update every single time the NCAA Tournament schedule is adjusted. Games will be aired on CBS, TNT, TBS and truTV — and as always, you can watch every game in the tourney via March Madness Live beginning Tuesday night with the First Four. All times ET

2022 NCAA Tournament schedule, dates

First Four

Tuesday, March 15

(16) Texas Southern 76, (16) Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 67 Recap
(12) Indiana 66, (12) Wyoming 58 Recap

Wednesday, March 16

First round

Thursday, March 17

Friday, March 18 

Second round

Saturday, March 19 — Noon start (CBS, TBS, TNT, truTV)
Sunday, March 20 — Noon start (CBS, TBS, TNT, truTV)
KeyBank Center — Buffalo, New York; Gainbridge Fieldhouse — Indianapolis, Indiana; Dickies Arena — Fort Worth, Texas; Moda Center — Portland, Oregon; Bon Secours Wellness Arena — Greenville, South Carolina; Fiserv Forum — Milwaukee, Wisconsin; PPG Paints Arena — Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Viejas Arena — San Diego, California

Sweet 16

Thursday, March 24 — 7 p.m. start (CBS, TBS)
Friday, March 25 — 7 p.m. start (CBS, TBS)
AT&T Center — San Antonio, Texas; Chase Center — San Francisco, California; United Center — Chicago, Illinois; Wells Fargo Center — Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Elite Eight

Saturday, March 26 — 6 p.m. start (TBS)
Tuesday, March 27 — 2 p.m. start (CBS)
AT&T Center — San Antonio, Texas; Chase Center — San Francisco, California; United Center — Chicago, Illinois; Wells Fargo Center — Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Final Four

Saturday, April 2 — 6 p.m. start (TBS)
Caesars Superdome — New Orleans, Louisiana

National Championship

Monday, April 4 — 9 p.m. (TBS)
Caesars Superdome — New Orleans, Louisiana

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