INDIANAPOLIS — It's Selection Sunday! Indiana, Notre Dame and Purdue have all earned a spot in the men's NCAA Tournament.
The March Madness bracket came out Sunday for a tournament that begins with early round games Tuesday and concludes with the Final Four in New Orleans on April 2. The championship game is April 4.
This marks the return to the first “normal” tournament since 2019, with teams scattering to jam-packed arenas in eight cities for the first weekend, then to four different destinations for the Sweet 16, before the fun ends in the "Big Easy" for the semifinals and title game.
The tournament was scratched in 2020 due to the then-erupting COVID-19 pandemic. Last year, all the teams played in front of limited crowds in a makeshift bubble in and around Indianapolis. One thing that remains the same: Last year's finalists, Gonzaga and Baylor, are top seeds, with the Zags the favorite to win it all.
Indiana team taking the court:
Third-seeded Purdue is going up against Yale in Milwaukee on Friday. Tipoff is at 2 p.m., and the game will air on TBS.
If the Boilermakers win, they will play the winner of Texas Tech, the No. 6 seed, and Virginia Tech, the No. 11 seed.
Indiana will face Wyoming in the first four game in Dayton, Ohio, on Tuesday. Tipoff is at 9:10 p.m. The game will air on truTV.
The winner will be the No. 12 seed in the East Region and face St. Mary's in Portland, Oregon on Thursday.
Notre Dame will play Rutgers in Dayton on Wednesday for the chance to be the No. 11 seed, playing sixth-seeded Alabama on Friday in San Diego, California.
You can watch Notre Dame on Wednesday at 9:10 p.m. on truTV.
Teams playing in Indianapolis:
While Indiana's teams travel out of town, a number of other teams will be coming in town to play at Gainbridge Fieldhouse.
On Thursday, Colorado State will go up against Michigan, Tennessee will take on Longwood, and Murray State will face off against San Francisco. Kentucky will also be playing St. Peter's.
Here are the tip times and where you can watch:
- Michigan vs. Colorado State at 12:15 p.m. on CBS
- Longwood vs. Tennessee at approximately 2:45 p.m. on CBS
- St. Peter's vs. Kentucky at 7:10 p.m. on CBS
- San Francisco vs. Murray State at approximately 9:40 p.m. on CBS
Indiana teams in Women's NCAA Tournament
All three Indiana teams who made it to the 68-field of the women's NCAA Tournament are in the Bridgeport region.
- No. 3 seed IU will play No. 14 Charlotte on Saturday in Bloomington.
- No. 5 Notre Dame will play No. 12 Massachusetts on Saturday in Norman, Oklahoma.
- No. 13 IUPUI will play No. 4 Oklahoma on Saturday in Norman, Oklahoma.
Notre Dame and IUPUI will play each other in the second round if both teams win their first games.
Other Selection Sunday highlights
The top-ranked Gonzaga Bulldogs are the top overall seed in the NCAA Tournament for a second straight year with Arizona, Kansas and defending champion Baylor joining the Zags as No. 1s.
The Bulldogs (26-3) will play Georgia State on Thursday in Portland, Oregon, in the West Region.
Duke is the No. 2 seed in the West, and the Blue Devils will start coach Mike Krzyzewski's final NCAA Tournament on Friday in Greenville, South Carolina. They play Cal State-Fullerton. No. 7 seed Michigan State plays 10th-seeded Davidson in that bracket, setting up a potential second-round matchup between Spartans coach Tom Izzo and Krzyzewski.