The 2013 NCAA tournament journey begins on Sunday night with the selection show. The draw a team receives from the selection committee plays a major role in whether or not it makes it all the way to the Georgia Dome in Atlanta for the Final Four.
Few things in sports are more exciting in terms of non-stop action than the second round, which is actually the first full round of play after the play-in games. A lot of games are won and lost in the final moments and no shortage of brackets are busted along the way.
All told, 68 programs from across the country will begin their quest for the Final Four this week. The play-in games take place on Tuesday and Wednesday, and then things really start to pick up with the first complete day of action on Thursday.
Which team is the tournament favorite?
Coverage for the busiest days will take place across four networks, including CBS, TBS, TNT and TruTV. A complete schedule of dates and channels is below, starting with tonight's selection specials and going all the way to the title game on April 8.
To watch a live stream of the selection show to see where all 68 squads get placed, check out March Madness Live's Selection Sunday at 6 p.m. ET. To fill out the bracket as it gets announced, simply download the printable NCAA bracket.
Based on the regular season, which was loaded with upsets and failed to showcase a single dominant force like Kentucky last year, filling out a winning bracket won't be easy. Good luck.
2013 NCAA Coverage Schedule
Selection Show: March 17 at 6 p.m. ET on CBS
Infiniti Selection Sunday Show: March 17 at 7 p.m. ET on TruTV
First Round (Play-in Games): March 19-20 on TruTV
Second Round: March 21-22 on CBS, TBS, TNT and TruTV
Third Round: March 23-24 on CBS, TBS, TNT and TruTV
Sweet 16: March 28-29 on CBS, TBS, TNT and TruTV
Elite Eight: March 30-31 on CBS
Final Four: April 6 on CBS
Championship Game: April 8 on CBS
TruTV Channel Information
AT&T U-verse – 164
Comcast – 187
DirectTV – 246
Dish Network – 204
Time Warner Cable – 74
Verizon FiOS – 183
Check local listings.