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Current tournament format[ edit ] A ticket from the tournament held in Kansas City, Missouri The NCAA has changed the tournament format several times since its inception, most often representing an increase of the number of teams.
This section describes the tournament as it has operated since Qualifying[ edit ] A total of 68 teams qualify for the tournament played during March and April. Thirty-two teams earn automatic bids as their respective conference champions.
Of the 32 Division I "all-sports" conferences defined as those that sponsor men's and women's basketballall 32 currently hold championship tournaments to determine which team receives the automatic qualification.
The Ivy League was the last Division I conference that did not conduct a tournament; through the —16 season, it awarded its tournament berth to the regular-season champion.
If two or more Ivies shared a regular-season championship, a one-game playoff or series of such playoffs was used to decide the tournament participant. Sincethe league conducts their own postseason tournament. The committee also determines where all sixty-eight teams are seeded and placed in the bracket.
Regions[ edit College game in 10 000 words The tournament is divided into four regions and each region has at least sixteen teams, but four additional teams are added per the decision of the Selection Committee. First Fourbelow. The committee is charged with making each of the four regions as close as possible in overall quality of teams from wherever they come from.
The names of the regions vary from year to year, and are broadly geographic such as "West", "South", "East", and "Midwest". From tothe "Mideast", roughly corresponding to the Southeastern region of the United Statesdesignation was used. From tothe Mideast region was known as "Southeast" and again changed to "South" starting from The selected names roughly correspond to the location of the four cities hosting the regional finals.
From tothe regions were named after their host cities, e. Louis, Missouriand West Phoenix, Arizona. NCAA basketball tournament selection process The selection committee ranks the whole field of 68 teams from 1 to It did not make this information public until The committee then divides the teams amongst the regions.
The top four teams will be distributed among the four regions, and each will receive a No. The next four ranked teams will then be distributed among the four regions, each receiving a No. Carried to its logical conclusion, this would give each region seventeen teams—seeded from No.
As can be seen below, the actual seeding depends on among other factors the rankings of the eight teams that the committee selects for the "First Four" opening round see the next paragraph and the "First Four" section below.
The selection committee is also instructed to place teams so that whenever possible, teams from the same conference cannot meet until the regional finals. Additionally, it is also instructed to avoid any possible rematches of regular-season or previous year's tournament games during the First and Second rounds.
To comply with these other requirements, the selection committee may move one or several teams up or down one seed from their respective original seed line. In addition, the rankings of the eight teams selected for the "First Four" play-in round will likewise affect the final seedlings.
The bracket is thus established, and during the semifinals, the champion of the top-ranked number 1 seed's region will play against the champion of the fourth-ranked number 1 seed's region, and the champion of the second-ranked number 1 seed's region will play against the champion of the third-ranked number 1 seed's region.
By current NCAA rules, any court on which a team hosts more than three regular-season games in other words, not including conference tournament games is considered a "home court". However, while a team can be moved to a different region if its home court is being used during any of the first two weeks of the tournament, the Final Four venue is determined years in advance, and cannot be changed regardless of participants.
For this reason a team could potentially play in a Final Four on its home court, though this is unlikely, since the Final Four is staged at venues larger than most college basketball arenas.
The most recent team to play the Final Four in its home city was Butler during ; its home court then seated only 10, as opposed to the 70,plus capacity of Lucas Oil Stadiumthe Final Four venue. The tournament consists of several rounds. They are currently named, in order of first to last: The First Four The First Round the Round of 64 The Second Round the Round of 32 The Regional Semi-finals participating teams are known popularly as the " Sweet Sixteen " The Regional Finals participating teams are known commonly as the " Elite Eight " The National Semi-finals participating teams are referred to officially as the " Final Four " The National Championship The tournament is single-eliminationwhich increases the chance of an underdog and lower-seeded " Cinderella team" advancing to subsequent rounds.
Although these lower-ranked teams are forced to play stronger teams, they need only one win to advance instead of needing to win a majority of games in a series, as in professional basketball. First Four The University of Dayton Arenawhich has hosted all First Four games since the round's inception inas well as its precursor, the single "play-in" game held from to As ofthe arena has hosted tournament games, the most of any venue.
First held duringthe First Four are games between the four lowest-ranked at-large teams and the four lowest-ranked automatic-bid conference-champion teams. First Four At-large seeds Note: Each year, the four lowest-ranked at-large teams compete in two of the First Four games.
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