March Madness 2017: Bracket, schedule, live scores, and more for NCAA tournament

Posted by    |    March 19th, 2017 at 7:19 pm

The NCAA tournament rolls on this month. Here’s what to know about college basketball’s biggest event.

March Madness is upon us. The NCAA tournament is finally here, and we’re looking at three weeks of high drama and great college basketball.

It’s been a somewhat odd college basketball season. Nobody’s emerged as the obvious best team in the sport, a la Kentucky at certain points under John Calipari. But there are at least nine or 10 realistic national title contenders, including some teams who have done it recently (Villanova, Louisville, Kentucky, Duke, and more) and some who have fallen short time and time again (hello, Gonzaga!).

That means we’re looking at a field that’s even more wide open than normal, and it’s normally pretty wide open, anyway. The tournament is nicknamed Madness because it is always outrageous in its own unique way, and we should expect more of the same in 2017. Some elite teams will lose way earlier than they should, and we’re going to see at least a double-digit seed or two crash the Sweet 16. Maybe the Elite Eight?

The beauty of this tournament is that these things are going to happen. We know we will have chaos, because that’s the trademark of this event. The trick is figuring out where and when, and the only way to get those answers is to watch.

The format

There are 68 teams in the field. Four of those teams are eliminated before the first round, by way of “First Four” games in Dayton, Ohio. The entire tournament is single-elimination, and it’s divided into four regions: the East, West, Midwest, and South. Winning the tournament requires six victories in a row, or seven if you’re a First Four team. The tournament runs until the national title game on April 3 in Glendale, Ariz.

The teams

East region

1. Villanova
2. Duke
3. Baylor
4. Florida
5. Virginia
6. SMU
7. South Carolina
8. Wisconsin
9. Virginia Tech
10. Marquette
11. Providence/USC
12. UNC Wilmington
13. East Tennessee State
14. New Mexico State
15. Troy
16. Mount St. Mary’s

West region

1. Gonzaga
2. Arizona
3. Florida State
4. West Virginia
5. Notre Dame
6. Maryland
7. Saint Mary’s
8. Northwestern
9. Vanderbilt
10. VCU
11. Xavier
12. Princeton
13. Bucknell
14. Florida Gulf Coast
15. North Dakota
16. South Dakota State

Midwest region

1. Kansas
2. Louisville
3. Oregon
4. Purdue
5. Iowa State
6. Creighton
7. Michigan
8. Miami
9. Michigan State
10. Oklahoma State
11. Rhode Island
12. Nevada
13. Vermont
14. Iona
15. Jacksonville State
16. NC Central/UC Davis

South region

1. North Carolina
2. Kentucky
3. UCLA
4. Butler
5. Minnesota
6. Cincinnati
7. Dayton
8. Arkansas
9. Seton Hall
10. Wichita State
11. Kansas State
12. Middle Tennessee
13. Winthrop
14. Kent State
15. Northern Kentucky
16. Texas Southern

The bracket

You can download our latest complete, printable bracket right here.

The schedule and results (all times Eastern)

Tuesday, March 14 (First Four)

Mount St. Mary’s 67, New Orleans 66

Kansas State 95, Wake Forest 88

Wednesday, March 15 (First Four)

UC Davis 67, N.C. Central 63

USC 75, Providence 71

Thursday, March 16 (First Round)

Notre Dame 60, Princeton 58

Virginia 76, UNC-Wilmington 71

Butler 76, Winthrop 64

Gonzaga 66, South Dakota State 46

West Virginia 86, Bucknell 80

Florida 80, East Tennessee State University 65

Middle Tennessee State 81, Minnesota 72

Northwestern 68, Vanderbilt 66

Xavier 76, Maryland 65

Villanova 76, Mt. Saint Mary’s 56

St. Mary’s 85, VCU 77

Purdue 80, Vermont 70

Florida State 86, Florida Gulf Coast 80

Wisconsin 84, Virginia Tech 74

Arizona 100, North Dakota 82

Iowa State 84, Nevada 73

Friday, March 17 (First Round)

Michigan 92, Oklahoma State 91

Baylor 91, New Mexico State 73

Arkansas 77, Seton Hall 71

Oregon 93, Iona 77

Louisville 78, Jacksonville State 63

USC 66, SMU 65

UNC 103, Texas Southern 64

Rhode Island 84, Creighton 72

Kansas 100, UC Davis 62

Wichita State 64, Dayton 58

Duke 87, Troy 64

Cincinnati 75, Kansas State 61

Michigan State 78, Miami 58

Kentucky 79, Northern Kentucky 70

South Carolina 93, Marquette 73

UCLA 97, Kent State 80

Saturday, March 18 (Second Round)

No. 4 West Virginia 83, No. 5 Notre Dame 71

No. 8 Wisconsin 65, No. 1 Villanova 62

No. 1 Gonzaga 79, No. 8 Northwestern 73

No. 11 Xavier 91, No. 3 Florida State 66

No. 4 Butler 74, No. 12 Middle Tennessee 65

No. 2 Arizona 69, No. 7 St. Mary’s 60

No. 4 Florida 65, No. 5 Virginia 39

No. 4 Purdue 80, No. 5 Iowa State 76

Sunday, March 19 (Second Round)

No. 7 Michigan 73, No. 2 Louisville 69

No. 2 Kentucky 65, No. 10 Wichita State 62

No. 1 Kansas 90. No. 9 Michigan State 70

No. 1 North Carolina 72, No. 8 Arkansas 65

No. 3 Oregon vs. No. 11 Rhode Island (Midwest), TBS, 7:10 p.m.

No. 3 Baylor vs. No. 11 USC (East), TRUtv, 7:45 p.m.

No. 2 Duke vs. No. 7 S. Carolina (East), TNT, 8:40 p.m.

No. 3 UCLA vs. No. 6 Cincinnati (South), TBS, 9:40 p.m.

Thursday, March 23 (Sweet 16)

No. 1 Gonzaga vs. No. 4 West Virginia

No. 2 Arizona vs. No. 11 Xavier

No. 1 Kansas vs. No. 4 Purdue

Friday, March 24 (Sweet 16)

No. 1 North Carolina vs. No. 4 Butler

No. 8 Wisconsin vs. No. 4 Florida