How many teams are in March Madness?

Oregon guard Kwame Evans Jr. dunks the ball as the Oregon Ducks host the Washington Huskies.
Oregon guard Kwame Evans Jr. dunks the ball as the Oregon Ducks host the Washington Huskies. / Ben Lonergan/The Register-Guard / USA

The ultimate NCAA Tournament is less than six weeks away. As fans get ready to binge-watch game after game for weeks on end, just how many teams will they get to see?

Oregon is currently out of reach from a ticket to the tournament. The Ducks will need to win most, if not all, of their remaining regular season games as well as go relatively deep in the Pac-12 conference tournament.

On Selection Sunday, the selection committee announces the 68 teams that have made their way into the bracket. Those teams get a chance at winning the March Madness NCAA Tournament. Here is how the bracket breaks down:

First Four

The last teams given the sixteenth and eleventh seeds will play in the first four games of the tournament. This eliminates four teams out of the gate before the actual bracket begins.

Once the First Four round concludes, it’s on to the round of 64.

Round of 64

The round of 64 consists of 32 games. Teams ranked from 1-16 will match up to eliminate half of the competition.

In a win-or-go-home tournament, the pool of teams will be cut down to just 32 teams after this round comes to an end.

Round of 32

For a ticket into the Sweet Sixteen, the 32 games will face their next opponents to cut the group in half once again.

The rest of the tournament proceeds as follows, cutting the number of teams in half at the end of each round:

Sweet Sixteen, Elite Eight, Final Four, and National Championship.

The National Championship game will be on Monday, April 8 at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. Fans will be able to watch the men’s NCAA Tournament on CBS.

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