2023 March Madness® Schedule, Dates, and TV Times

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College basketball fans nationwide are looking forward to the NCAA® Men’s tournament (68 teams, 67 games, three weeks). Every year the tournament is considered the marquee sporting event of the spring.

March Madness® is nearly here, with Selection Sunday® coming up on March 12th. While there are several teams that have emerged as locks to be in the tournament due to their dominant records, many others remain on the bubble.

68 teams will enter the tournament; 32 will earn automatic bids by winning their conference tournaments. The remaining teams will be chosen and seeded by the tournament selection committee.

Optimum offers you a look at when and where to watch the 2023 Men’s March Madness® tournament.

Men’s 2023 NCAA® Basketball Tournament Schedule

While we know when each round is set to take place and what mix of networks they’ll air on, the NCAA® does not release specific game times until after Selection Sunday®. Games typically start in the afternoon and last through the night in the earlier rounds. Expect primetime slots for the Final Four® and National Championship game, as well as any big matchups in the earlier rounds.

RoundDates, Time (EST)Network
Selection Sunday®March 12, time TBACBS
First Four®March 14-15, time TBAtruTV
First RoundMarch 16-17, time TBATBS, CBS, TNT, truTV
Second RoundMarch 18-19, time TBATBS, CBS, TNT, truTV
Sweet 16March 23-24, time TBACBS, TBS
Elite Eight®March 25-26, time TBACBS, TBS
Final Four®April 1, time TBACBS
National ChampionshipApril 3, time TBACBS

March Madness® is broadcast by CBS and WBD Sports, across the CBS, TNT, TBS, and truTV networks. Optimum offers a plethora of TV options that include those channels.

Every game from the Men’s tournament is also streamed on the NCAA’s® March Madness® Live service. There’s an app for pretty much every streaming device out there, and the service is available on your browser as well. The app is free, but you will need to use your Optimum log-in. There are no blackouts, a rarity in sports streaming.

NCAA, March Madness, Selection Show, First Four, Elite Eight, and Final Four are trademarks of The National Collegiate Athletic Association. TBS, TNT, and truTV are trademarks of WarnerMedia LLC. All Rights Reserved.

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