NCAA March Madness 2015

NCAA March Madness 2015


The 2015 NCAA Men’s Basketball March Madness Tournament will begin on March 17, 2015 with a total of 68 college teams competing. The event  is a single-elimination tournament to determine the national champion of men’s NCAA Division I college basketball. source: wikipedia.eng

There have been rumors about delaying the kickoff of the tournament, but the cost of starting the season a month later is it would need to end a month later. Which would mean March Madness would be wiped off the calendar. There are 67 games in the NCAA Tournament, and to televise the lot of them CBS and Turner Sports will combine to pay more than $770 million each year until the middle of next decade.

Baylor coach Scott Drew was among those on the Big 12 call who agreed “It makes sense to move it back.” Meaning the start of the season. To mid-December, perhaps.“It can work,” Texas Tech coach Tubby Smith said. “That might be something we need to look at. I think it would be positive, being a one-semester sport.”

On the other hand, there are not a lot of other sports going on in any given March. The Super Bowl is over by early February, the big bowl games even earlier. There’s spring training in baseball; those aren’t even real games.

By April, though, the Stanley Cup playoffs begin and hockey. And then there are the real issues: CBS’s blissful relationship with The Masters, which in 2015 will be contested April 9-12, and Turner Sports’ investment in the NBA, whose playoffs begin April 18. If college coaches wish to do more to promote their early season games, more of them might agree to early season games of consequence played in customary home venues.

Many coaches also fought bitterly against the rule changes implemented prior to last season designed to limit physical defense and promote scoring. If college coaches want to make their game more popular, they could start by making their game better. source:

Up to this point, the 2015 schedule remains as well as the March Madness dates and locations:

Selection Sunday March 15

First Round March 17-18 University of Dayton Arena (Dayton, Ohio)

Second-Third Rounds March 19, 21 Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena (Jacksonville, FL)KFC Yum! Center (Louisville, KY) Consol Energy Center (Pittsburgh, PA) Moda Center (Portland, OR)

March 20, 22 Time Warner Cable Arena (Charlotte, NC) Nationwide Arena (Columbus, OH) CenturyLink Center Omaha (Omaha, NE) KeyArena (Seattle, WA)

March 27, 29 South Regional NRG Stadium (Houston, TX) East Regional Carrier Dome (Syracuse, NY)

March 26, 28 West Regional Staples Center (Los Angeles, CA)

Midwest Regional Quicken Loans Arena (Cleveland, OH)

National Semifinals April 4 Lucas Oil Stadium (Indianapolis, IN)

Championship Game April 6 Cowboys Stadium (Indianapolis, IN)

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