Heat Check CBB March Madness Bracketology

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March Madness projections — Jan. 14, 2022

Last Four Byes: Saint Mary’s, Creighton, TCU, Murray State

Last Four In: Minnesota, Memphis, VCU, Wake Forest

Replacement Teams*: Boise State, Texas A&M, UCF, Mississippi State

Next Four Out: Clemson, Stanford, Florida State, Wyoming

(*The NCAA is likely to have a discussion this month regarding whether or not they will have “replacement teams” prepared in case of COVID-19.)

Bids by conference:

  • Big 12: 8
  • Big Ten: 8
  • Big East: 7
  • SEC: 6
  • ACC: 4
  • WCC: 4
  • Pac-12: 3
  • MWC: 2
  • OVC: 2
  • AAC: 2

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2022 March Madness info:


  • Selection Sunday: March 13
  • First Four: March 15-16
  • First round: March 17-18
  • Second round: March 19-20
  • Sweet 16: March 24-25
  • Elite Eight: March 26-27
  • Final Four: April 2
  • National championship: April 4

Locations, venues

First FourMarch 15-16Dayton, OhioUD Arena
First/second roundMarch 17, 19Buffalo, N.Y.KeyBank Center
First/second roundMarch 17, 19Indianapolis, Ind.Bankers Life Fieldhouse
First/second roundMarch 17, 19Fort Worth, TexasDickies Arena
First/second roundMarch 17, 19Portland, Ore.Moda Center
First/second roundMarch 18, 20Greenville, S.C.Bon Secours Wellness Arena
First/second roundMarch 18, 20Milwaukee, Wis.Fiserv Forum
First/second roundMarch 18, 20Pittsburgh, Pa.PPG Paints Arena
First/second roundMarch 18, 20San Diego, Calif.Viejas Arena
Sweet 16/Elite EightMarch 24, 26San Antonio, TexasAT&T Center
Sweet 16/Elite EightMarch 24, 26San Francisco, Calif.Chase Center
Sweet 16/Elite EightMarch 25, 27Chicago, Ill.United Center
Sweet 16/Elite EightMarch 25, 27Philadelphia, Pa.Wells Fargo Center
Final FourApril 2, 4New Orleans, La.Mercedes-Benz Superdome