NCAA Tournament 2013 Schedule: When and Where to Catch All the Action

Tim Keeney@@t_keenContributor IMarch 17, 2013

CHICAGO, IL - MARCH 16: Ben Brust #1 of the Wisconsin Badgers celebrates with teammate Traevon Jackson #12 during a semifinal game of the Big Ten Basketball Tournament against the Indiana Hoosiers at the United Center on March 16, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. Wisconsin defeats Indiana 68-56. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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If you're planning on missing any of the most exhilarating, dramatic and spine-tingling tournament in all of sports, we have one simple suggestion for you.

Don't do it. 

School? Work? Plans with a significant other? Wedding? Kickball game? Just don't go. 

This year's college hoops season has been undoubtedly hectic, as top-five teams have been allergic to winning, shocking upsets have run rampant and heart-pounding, and chill-inducing finishes have simply become the norm. 

Judging by the type of season it has been, a tournament pitting 68 seemingly inseparable teams against each other will unquestionably be, well, madness.

And that's the way, uh huh uh huh, I like it.

If that sounds like something you might be interested in, here's a look at when and where to see it all.

Note: All schedule information is courtesy of and Official game times will become official on Selection Sunday when the bracket is revealed. 

Also note: Make sure to download a printable NCAA bracket and watch Selection Sunday at 6 p.m. ET to fill it out.


First Four (Round 1)

Game Date           Arena Location Time (ET)   TV
1 March 19 UD Arena Dayton, Ohio 6:30 p.m. truTV
2 March 19 UD Arena Dayton, Ohio 9 p.m. truTV
3 March 20 UD Arena Dayton, Ohio 6:30 p.m. truTV
4 March 20 UD Arena Dayton, Ohio 9 p.m. truTV


Second and Third Rounds

Games will be broadcast on CBS, TBS, TNT and truTV

Date                   Arena Location
March 21, 23 The Palace of Auburn Hills Auburn Hills, Michigan
March 21, 23 Rupp Arena Lexington, Kentucky
March 21, 23 EnergySolutions Arena Salt Lake City, Utah
March 21, 23 HP Pavilion San Jose, California
March 22, 24 Frank Erwin Center Austin, Texas
March 22, 24 UD Arena Dayton, Ohio
March 22, 24 Sprint Center Kansas City, Missouri
March 22, 24 Wells Fargo Center Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 


Sweet 16, Elite Eight

Sweet 16 games will be broadcast on CBS, TBS, TNT and truTV. Elite Eight games will be on CBS. 

Region Date Arena Location
East March 28, 30 Verizon Center Washington, D.C.
West March 28, 30 Staples Center Los Angeles, California
Midwest March 29, 31 Lucas Oil Stadium Indianapolis, Indiana
South March 29, 31 Cowboys Stadium Arlington, Texas


Final Four, National Championship

Game Date     Arena              Location             Time (ET)   TV
Semifinal 1 April 6 Georgia Dome Atlanta, Georgia 6 p.m. CBS
Semifinal 2 April 6 Georgia Dome Atlanta, Georgia 8:49 p.m. CBS
National Championship April 8 Georgia Dome Atlanta, Georgia 9:23 p.m. CBS