The Field of 68 Prepares for Combat: NCAA Tournament 2024 Preview

Last year’s tournament was considered one of the most consequential and exciting in the history of the tournament. This one? Could be even MORE consequential and exciting.

2023 produced several massive upsets and probably one of the most strange championship game matchups ever in San Diego State Vs. UConn. Now we move to the 2024 NCAA Tournament, where with how unbelievably wild this season was with over 150 upsets including a week in which 9 out of 10 top 10 teams were upset in a day.

Tournament Locations:

Thursday and Saturday Games:
March 21 and 23

Spectrum Center – Charlotte, North Carolina
CHI Health Center – Omaha, Nebraska
PPG Paints Arena – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Delta Center – Salt Lake City, Utah

Friday and Sunday Games:
March 22 and 24

Barclay Center – Brooklyn, New York
Gainbridge Fieldhouse – Indianapolis, Indiana
FedEx Forum – Memphis, Tennessee
Spokane Veterans Memorial Coliseum – Spokane, Washington

Regional Games (Sweet Sixteen, Elite Eight):

Thursday and Saturday Games
March 28 and 30

East – TD Garden – Boston, Massachusetts
West – Arena – Los Angeles California

Friday and Sunday Games
March 29 and 31

South – American Airlines Arena – Dallas, Texas
Midwest – Little Caesars Arena – Detroit, Michigan


1 Connecticut16 Stetson
8 Florida Atlantic9 Northwestern
5 San Diego State12 Alabama-Birmingham
4 Auburn13 Yale
6 Brigham Young11 Duquesne
3 Illinois14 Morehead State
7 Washington State10 Drake
2 Iowa State15 South Dakota State

Teams on upset alert:
Illinois, Florida Atlantic

Team winning the East Region: Connecticut


1 Houston16 Longwood
8 Nebraska9 Texas A&M
5 Wisconsin12 James Madison
4 Duke13 Vermont
6 Texas Tech11 North Carolina State
3 Kentucky14 Oakland
7 Florida10 Play-In (Boise State/Colorado)
2 Marquette15 Western Kentucky

Teams on upset alert:
Wisconsin, Florida, Nebraska

Team winning the South Region: Marquette


1 Purdue16 Play-In (Montana State/Grambling State)
8 Utah State9 Texas Christian University
5 Gonzaga12 McNeese State
4 Kansas13 Samford
6 South Carolina11 Oregon
3 Creighton14 Akron
7 Texas10 Play-In (Virginia/Colorado State)
2 Tennessee15 Saint Peter’s

Teams on upset alert:
Gonzaga, Texas, Kansas

Team winning the Midwest Region: Purdue


1 North Carolina16 Play-In (Howard/Wagner)
8 Mississippi State9 Michigan State
5 Saint Mary’s12 Grand Canyon
4 Alabama13 College of Charleston
6 Clemson11 New Mexico
3 Baylor14 Colgate
7 Dayton10 Nevada
2 Arizona15 Long Beach State

Teams on upset alert:
Clemson, Alabama, Dayton

Team winning the West Region: Arizona

DateTime (ET)NetworkMatchupSite
March 196:40 p.m.truTV(16) Howard vs. (16) WagnerUD Arena | Dayton, OH
University of Dayton
March 199:10 p.m.truTV(10) Colorado State vs. (10) VirginiaUD Arena | Dayton, OH
University of Dayton
March 206:40 p.m.truTV(16) Grambling Statevs. (16) Montana StateUD Arena | Dayton, OH
University of Dayton
March 209:10 p.m.truTV(10) Boise State vs. (10) ColoradoUD Arena | Dayton, OH
University of Dayton
DateTime (ET)NetworkMatchupSite
March 2112:15 p.m.CBS(9) Michigan St. vs. (8) Mississippi St.Spectrum Center
Charlotte, NC
March 2112:40 p.m.truTV(11) Duquesne vs. (6) BYUCHI Health Center
Omaha, NE
March 211:30 p.m.TNT(14) Akron vs. (3) CreightonPPG Paints Arena
Pittsburgh, PA
March 212:00 p.m.TBS(15) Long Beach State vs. (2) ArizonaDelta Center
Salt Lake City, UT
March 212:45 p.m.CBS(16) Howard/Wagner vs. (1) North CarolinaSpectrum Center
Charlotte, NC
March 213:10 p.m.truTV(14) Morehead State vs. (3) IllinoisCHI Health Center
Omaha, NE
March 214:00 p.m.TNT(11) Oregon vs. (6) South CarolinaPPG Paints Arena
Pittsburgh, PA
March 214:30 p.m.TBS(10) Nevada vs. (7) DaytonDelta Center
Salt Lake City, UT
March 216:50 p.m.TNT(10) Colorado State/Virginia vs. (7) TexasSpectrum Center
Charlotte, NC
March 217:10 p.m.CBS(14) Oakland vs. (3) KentuckyPPG Paints Arena
Pittsburgh, PA
March 217:25 p.m.TBS(12) McNeese vs. (5) GonzagaDelta Center
Salt Lake City, UT
March 217:35 p.m.truTV(15) South Dakota St. vs. (2) Iowa St.CHI Health Center
Omaha, NE
March 219:20 p.m.TNT(15) Saint Peter’s vs. (2) TennesseeSpectrum Center
Charlotte, NC
March 219:40 p.m.CBS(11) NC State vs. (6) Texas TechPPG Paints Arena
Pittsburgh, PA
March 219:55 p.m.TBS(13) Samford vs. (4) KansasDelta Center
Salt Lake City, UT
March 2110:05 p.m.truTV(10) Drake vs. (7) Washington St.CHI Health Center
Omaha, NE
March 2212:15 p.m.CBS(9) Northwestern vs. (8) Florida AtlanticBarclays Center
Brooklyn, NY
March 2212:40 p.m.truTV(14) Colgate vs. (3) BaylorFedExForum
Memphis, TN
March 221:45 p.m.TNT(12) UAB vs. (5) San Diego StateSpokane Arena
Spokane, WA
March 222:00 p.m.TBS(15) Western Kentucky vs. (2) MarquetteGainbridge Fieldhouse
Indianapolis, IN
March 222:45 p.m.CBS(16) Stetson vs. (1) UConnBarclays Center
Brooklyn, NY
March 223:10 p.m.truTV(11) New Mexico vs. (6) ClemsonFedExForum
Memphis, TN
March 224:15 p.m.TNT(13) Yale vs. (4) AuburnSpokane Arena
Spokane, WA
March 224:30 p.m.TBS(10) Boise State/Colorado vs. (7) FloridaGainbridge Fieldhouse
Indianapolis, IN
March 226:50 p.m.TNT(9) Texas A&M vs. (8) NebraskaFedExForum
Memphis, TN
March 227:10 p.m.CBS(13) Vermont vs. (4) DukeBarclays Center
Brooklyn, NY
March 227:25 p.m.TBS(16) Grambling/Montana St.vs. (1) PurdueGainbridge Fieldhouse
Indianapolis, IN
March 227:35 p.m.truTV(13) Charleston vs. (4) AlabamaSpokane Arena
Spokane, WA
March 229:20 p.m.TNT(16) Longwood vs. (1) HoustonFedExForum
Memphis, TN
March 229:40 p.m.CBS(12) James Madison vs. (5) WisconsinBarclays Center
Brooklyn, NY
March 229:55 p.m.TBS(9) TCU vs. (8) Utah StateGainbridge Fieldhouse
Indianapolis, IN
March 2210:05 p.m.truTV(12) Grand Canyon vs. (5) Saint Mary’sSpokane Arena
Spokane, WA
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