March Madness schedule: Key dates, times, numbers as 2017 NCAA tournament inches closer

Buzzer-beaters, unlikely heroes and unthinkable upsets: we’re getting closer and closer to 2017 March Madness. The NCAA tournament is the most glorious time of the year.

Last year didn’t disappoint. Here were some of the best moments, starting with “The Shot.”

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Jenkins game-winning shot

Texas A&M went on a 14-2 run in 31 seconds to stun Northern Iowa:

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UNI vs. TAMU: Aggies win in 2OT

Northern Iowa’s Paul Jesperson hit a half-court buzzer-beater to knock off Texas:

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UNI vs. UT: P. Jesperson buzzer-beater

Bronson Koenig nailed a fadeaway three to upset Xavier:

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UW vs. XAV: B. Koenig 3-pt game winner

Syracuse stormed back in the Elite Eight to defeat Virginia, advancing to the Final Four:

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Elite Eight: Syracuse tops Virginia

There were many more unforgettable moments, and 2017 figures to produce its share of legendary highlights. Here are all of this year’s key dates:

March Madness dates, location, schedule
Round Site Date(s)
Selection Sunday N/A March 12
First Four Dayton March 14-15
First/Second Buffalo March 16&18
First/Second Milwaukee March 16&18
First/Second Orlando March 16&18
First/Second Salt Lake City March 16&18
First/Second Greenville March 17&19
First/Second Indianapolis March 17&19
First/Second Tulsa March 17&19
First/Second Sacramento March 17&19
Midwest Regional Kansas City March 23&25
West Regional San Jose March 23&25
South Regional Memphis March 24&26
East Regional New York March 24&26
Final Four Phoenix April 1&3

Buy your tickets now for 2017 March Madness. We can’t wait for the festivities. To get prepped for the NCAA tournament, here are some key numbers to keep in mind when filling out your brackets:

Note: Numbers below do not include 2016 NCAA tournament results

• The world is not picking the 12 seed enough, but oddly, has a really good handle on the 6-11 game. The No. 12 seed wins 12 percent more than we typically pick.
• As you might expect, bracket selection falls in line with the seeds. The bracket-picking population sticks closely to the selection committee’s seeding by selecting No. 1 seeds at the greatest rate, No. 2 second most and follows that trend in order through No. 16.
• The 6-11 game, in general, has the closest match between picks and results. Next is the 1-16 game, which shows people wisely resist the temptation to select what would be a monumental upset. The No. 16 seed has never defeated a No. 1 seed.
• The NCAA tournament selection committee does a pretty solid job seeding teams considering the on-court win percentage in the round of 64. The only hiccup is at No. 5-6. Six seeds have the slight edge on five seeds despite playing what is a tougher opponent on paper.
• If you are going to pick the higher seeds in the first round, you probably want a total of six upsets picked among the 10-15 seeds. History shows that’s the about the average. That’s where the skill comes in – picking those six and trying your best not to knock out a potential Final Four team seeded 7 or better.

1 100.0000000% 98.1477021% 1.8522979%
2 94.3548387% 96.6014257% -2.2465870%
3 83.8709677% 93.5711801% -9.7002124%
4 79.8387097% 87.7982929% -7.9595832%
5 64.5161290% 77.4995555% -12.9834265%
6 65.3225806% 66.2511990% -0.9286184%
7 61.2903226% 63.1861291% -1.8958065%
8 50.8064516% 54.3998776% -3.5934260%
9 49.1935484% 45.6001224% 3.5934260%
10 38.7096774% 36.8138709% 1.8958065%
11 34.6774194% 33.7488010% 0.9286184%
12 35.4838710% 22.5004445% 12.9834265%
13 20.1612903% 12.2017071% 7.9595832%
14 16.1290323% 6.4288199% 9.7002124%
15 5.6451613% 3.3985743% 2.2465870%
16 0.0000000% 1.8522979% -1.8522979%