2026 March Madness Schedule

2026 March Madness Schedule
Lucas Oil Stadium is the host of the 2026 Men’s Final Four

The 2026 March Madness Schedule gets started with Selection Sunday on March 15, 2026. The 2026 NCAA Tournament First Four quickly gets going on St. Patrick’s Day with the First Four. Not quite as good as Selection Sunday on March 17th in 2024, but almost as good! The first round of the 2026 Men’s tournament starts on March 19th. The NCAA Final Four and Championship games are on April 5th and 7th, 2026. 

2026 March Madness Schedule

As more information becomes available for March Madness in 2026, we’ll provide you updates. This includes confirmation of the 2026 Selection Sunday time and broadcast channel. We are assuming the time (that hasn’t changed in a gazillion years) will either be the same (6PM ET) or enter some type of rotation with the Women’s Selection Show and possibly swap to 8PM for the 2026 Women’s March Madness schedule announcement. 

Selection Sunday: 6 p.m. ET Sunday, March 15

First Four: March 17-18

First round: March 19-20

Second round: March 21-22 

Sweet 16: March 26-27

Elite Eight: March 28-29 

Final Four: Saturday, April 5

NCAA championship game: Monday, April 7 

2026 March Madness First Four Schedule

First FourMarch 17-18Dayton, OHUD ArenaUniversity of Dayton
2026 First Four Schedule

2026 March Madness First and Second Round Schedule

Some great locations for the opening rounds of the 2026 NCAA Men’s basketball tournament

First/SecondMarch 19-21Buffalo, NYKeyBank CenterMetro Atlantic Athletic ConferenceCanisius CollegeNiagara University
First/SecondMarch 19-21Greenville, SCBon SecoursWellness ArenaFurmanSouthern Conference
First/SecondMarch 20-22Tampa, FLAmalie ArenaUniversity of South Florida
First/SecondMarch 19-21Oklahoma City, OKPaycom CenterBig 12 Conference
First/SecondMarch 20-22Philadelphia, PAWells Fargo CenterSaint Joseph’s University
First/SecondMarch 19-21Portland, ORModa CenterOregon State University
First/SecondMarch 20-22San Diego, CAViejas ArenaSan Diego State University
First/SecondMarch 20-22St. Louis, MOEnterprise CenterMissouri Valley Conference
2026 First and Second Round Schedule

2026 Sweet 16 and Elite 8 Schedule

MidwestRegionalMarch 27-29Chicago, ILUnited CenterNorthwestern University
SouthRegionalMarch 26-28Houston, TXToyota CenterUniversity of Houston
WestRegionalMarch 26-28San Jose, CASAP CenterSan Jose State University
EastRegionalMarch 27-29Washington, D.C.Capital One ArenaGeorgetown University
2026 Elite Eight and Sweet 16 Schedule

2026 Final Four and Championship Game Schedule

I tell you what. The good folks of Indianapolis definitely get spoiled at times in March Madness season! 2026 will be the fourth time since 2010 that the Men’s Final Four is held at the stadium. The great location is also on tap to host the 2029 Men’s Final Four. The Horizon League and IUPUI are the hosts for the 2026 Final Four

Final Four/ ChampionshipApril 5 & 7IndianapolisLucas Oil StadiumHorizon League, IUPUI
2026 Final Four and Championship Games Schedule

Will Lewis

Have been covering sports of all types for more than 18 years. Will is a lifelong Kentucky Wildcats fan and rooted for the Bengals way back when Joe Montana dashed our hopes and dreams. Now a Padres fan as well. He covers all sports here at Sports Brackets.

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