NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship 2023: History, Schedule, Important Dates, and More

NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship 2023: History, Schedule, Important Dates, and More


Anticipated and notorious for the exuberance demonstrated by participants and fans of the game, the NCAA men’s basketball tournament is one of the events to make up March Madness. That term singlehandedly conveys the tournament as nothing short of the madness of the delightful kind, happening in the same week as many other NCAA division tournaments. 

The men’s basketball championship schedule for the year 2023 has been released, and preparations are already underway. However, these preparations are not singular to just the teams, as fans are also looking forward to making wagers on their favorite teams and winning real money.

Before choosing a team to bet on, it’s essential to check out the March madness odds to get information on the chances of each team winning and the value you can get from a successful wager. 

Schedule of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship 2023

The tournament is expected to start on March 14 and end on April 3. The list of activities that would take place can be divided into four major groups:

The First Four

Date: March 14 and 15

Venue: The University of Dayton Arena, Dayton, Ohio.

Host: University of Dayton

First and Second Sub-Regional Rounds

Date: March 16 and 18

Venues: Amway Center, Orlando, Florida (Host: University of Central Florida). Legacy Arena, Birmingham, Alabama (Host: Southeastern Conference). Wells Fargo Arena, Des Moines, Iowa (Host: Drake University). Golden 1 Center, Sacramento, California (Host: California State University, Sacramento).

Date: March 17 and 19

Venues: MVP Arena, Albany, New York (Host: Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference). Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro, North Carolina (Host: Atlantic Coast Conference). Nationwide Arena, Columbus, Ohio (Host: Ohio State University). Ball Arena, Denver, Colorado (Host: Mountain West Conference).

Regional Rounds

The schedules for regional rounds are as follows:

  • East Regional Semifinals and Finals

Date: March 23 and 25

Venue: Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York

Host: Big East Conference, St. John’s University.

  • West Regional Semifinals and Finals

Date: March 24 and 26

Venue: T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada

Host: University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

  • South Regional Semifinals and Finals

Venue: KFC Yum! Center, Louisville, Kentucky

Host: University of Louisville

  • Midwest Regional Semifinals and Finals

Venue: T-Mobile Center, Kansas City, Missouri

Host: Big 12 Conference

The Final Four

Date: April 1 and 3

Venue: NRG Stadium, Houston, Texas

Host: University of Houston, Rice University, Houston Baptist University, and Texas Southern University). 

Who Has Won The NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship?

Since the first tournament in 1939, 36 different teams have won the championship. The highest-ranking team since the tournament’s inception is the University of California, Los Angeles, with eleven wins, all coming within twelve years from 1964 to 1975. The most recent champion is Kansas, with their victory over North Carolina in the final of the 2022 tournament. 

The win of Kansas in 2022 made it their fourth since the inception of the game, and hopes are high for the teams currently training to get selected for the championship in 2023 that they bring home the title. According to experts and observers, North Carolina and Kentucky are the two most likely teams to win the championship in 2023.

How Many Teams Compete in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship?

A total of 68 teams make the cut to compete in the men’s basketball championship, with a total of 64 for the women’s team. For the men’s team, there are 32 automatic bids awarded to each team that wins the conference tournament, with the remaining 36 bids issued at large by the NCAA Selection Committee. Their decision is announced in a nationally televised event on Sunday before the tournament starts. 

Where Can I Watch the Final Four 2023?

Following the cycle that began in 2016, CBS Sports will continue broadcasting the final four and the national championship game. CBS Sports and Turner Sports are the two US broadcast stations with television rights to the tournament.

  • For the Selection Show – CBS
  • First Four Games -TruTV
  • First and Second Sub Regional Rounds – CBS, TBS, TNT, and TruTV
  • Regional Rounds – CBS and TBS
  • National Semifinals and Championship – CBS.

One may also count on the game being live-streamed by those who are present in person, so you can note the days of the event and search for a live stream of it on apps like YouTube and Instagram. 


The single-elimination basketball game played at the college level is an event anticipated by colleges in America and those outside it. To a large extent, the tournament gives fans a first look at the new stars who will go ahead to compete on a more global and professional scale, like the FIBA and NBA. 


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