With Selection Sunday approaching, there are a few things you need to know
This will be one of the most anticipated Selection Sunday shows in recent Notre Dame history. Irish fans won’t be watching just to see where they will be seeded, and ultimately be disappointed at the result. No, this year we will be watching just to see if the Irish will be apart of the NCAA Tournament or not. Don’t be late tuning in, you might just miss it.
A lot has changed about the selection show and here’s what you’ll need to know.
First off, the selection show will not be televised on CBS as it has been since 1982. This year TBS will pick up the show to reveal the NCAA Tournament field. The show will have TBS’ in-studio hosts Ernie Johnson and Greg Gumbel will be joined by college basketball analysts Clark Kellogg, Charles Barkley, Seth Davis and Kenny Smith in Atlanta. If you don’t have access to TBS, you’re still covered. March Madness Live will also be streaming the action live.
Now, if you’re just too excited for the show or just haven’t heard enough of everyone trying to break down and predict the Tournament field, you’re in luck. For the first time ever there will be a four-hour March Madness Selection Countdown pre-show. Starting at 2 p.m. ET. You can watch the pre-show exclusively on YouTube, Twitter and Facebook. NCAA.com and Bleacher Report will also cover the pre-show.
Clear the schedule
There’s more! Remember when we said not to tune in late? This isn’t like recent years where the show will be drawn out so long that you start to doze off — well, in a way.
All 68 teams in the field will be announced in the first 15-minutes of the show. After that, the brackets will be released. So Notre Dame will know the fate of their team quickly. If the Fighting Irish make the Big Dance, they’ll just have to wait to see where and whom they will be playing.
The last four at-large teams, as well as teams, seeded 65 through 68 will play in the First Four games on Tuesday and Wednesday. After that, the first round will be played March 15th and 16th.
Whether Notre Dame makes the NCAA Tournament or unfortunately plays in the NIT, they will have to get ready quickly. Playing in the NIT could possibly result in a Tuesday game. An NCAA Tournament bid could mean playing in the First-Four. That means a quick turnaround after the Selection Show.
The countless arguments of whose teams deserve to be in the Tournament and whose do not are about to come to the end this Sunday. Let the Madness begin!