March Madness 2022: NCAA Men’s Tournament Bracket, Schedule & Scores

Eddie Griffin

For many, the most wonderful time of the year is over nine months away. But if you love college basketball (or betting on college basketball), March Madness is the most wonderful time of the year.

After four months of exciting action, upsets, twists and turns, clutch performances, and big shots, the 2022 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament is underway. The first four rounds of the tournament featured many upsets and thrilling moments. What is in store for the final three games of the tournament?

North Carolina Set for Final Four After Ending Baylor’s Repeat Hopes in Upset-Filled East Region

2022 NCAA Tournament March Madness R.J. Davis North Carolina Baylor
R.J. Davis scored a career-high 30 points to lead North Carolina to an upset win over East Region #1 seed Baylor and a spot in the Sweet Sixteen of the 2022 NCAA Tournament.

Since Florida went back-to-back in 2006 and 2007, there has not been a repeat national champion at the highest level of college basketball.

Thanks to North Carolina, that drought will continue for another year.

Baylor entered this year’s tournament as the top seed in the East Region and trounced Norfolk State in their opener. But in their second-round matchup with North Carolina, the Bears were up against it early, and it only got worse from there. Midway through the second half, Baylor was down 25 and headed for an early exit.

But the Bears inexplicably rallied to force overtime with a late three-point play. However, the Tar Heels were not rattled by Baylor’s epic comeback and controlled overtime on the way to a 93-86 win.

The Tar Heels went on to take the East Region title with a win over #15 Saint Peter’s, who became the first #15 seed to reach a regional final with upsets of #2 Kentucky, #7 Murray State, and #3 Purdue. The Peacocks were outmatched by North Carolina in the Elite Eight, but it was a tremendous run for the MAAC champs.

March Madness Schedule Returns to “Normal” in 2022

Following the cancellation of the tournament in 2020 and last year’s unique schedule due to the entire event taking place in Indiana, we are back to a normal March Madness schedule.

The action got underway on Tuesday, March 15 with the First Four once again taking place in Dayton, Ohio. Then, after the field gets whittled down to 64 in Dayton, the first round tipped off on Thursday, March 17.

This year’s tournament and the college basketball season will wrap up on Monday, April 4 with the championship game at Caesars Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana, the location of this year’s Final Four.

Only one #1 seed is in this year’s Final Four, with the top-seeded Kansas Jayhawks emerging unscathed from the Midwest Region. But that doesn’t mean we’ll see a bunch of plucky underdogs in NOLA.

In fact, it will be a historic occasion with four of the biggest names in the game in action in Duke, Kansas, North Carolina, and Villanova, who have each won multiple national championships.

Let’s take a look at the 2022 men’s March Madness bracket and schedule. For March Madness odds, picks, and predictions for every game in the tournament, we also have you covered.

2022 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament Bracket, Broadcast Schedule, and Results

First Four (to be played in Dayton, Ohio on Tuesday, March 15 and Wednesday, March 16)

Tuesday, March 15

#16 Texas Southern 76, #16 Texas A&M Corpus-Christi 67 (Midwest Region)

#12 Indiana 66, #12 Wyoming 58 (East Region)

Wednesday, March 16

#16 Wright State 93, #16 Bryant 82 (South Region)

#11 Notre Dame 89, #11 Rutgers 87 (2OT – West Region)

2022 NCAA Tournament West Region

West Region First Round

Portland, Oregon (Moda Center – Thursday, March 17)

#1 Gonzaga 93, #16 Georgia State 72

#9 Memphis 64, #8 Boise State 53

Buffalo, New York (KeyBank Center – Thursday, March 17)

#12 New Mexico State 70, #5 UConn 63

#4 Arkansas 75, #13 Vermont 71

San Diego, California (Viejas Arena – Friday, March 18)

#11 Notre Dame 78, #6 Alabama 64

#3 Texas Tech 97, #14 Montana State 62

Greenville, South Carolina (Bon Secours Wellness Arena – Friday, March 18)

#7 Michigan State 74, #10 Davidson 73

#2 Duke 78, #15 Cal State Fullerton 61

West Region Second Round

Portland, Oregon (Moda Center – Saturday, March 19)

#1 Gonzaga 82, #9 Memphis 78

Buffalo, New York (KeyBank Center – Saturday, March 19)

#4 Arkansas 53, #12 New Mexico State 48

San Diego, California (Viejas Arena – Sunday, March 20)

#3 Texas Tech 59, #11 Notre Dame 53

Greenville, South Carolina (Bon Secours Wellness Arena – Sunday, March 20)

#2 Duke 85, #7 Michigan State 76

West Region Regional Semifinals (Sweet 16) – Thursday, March 24 (Venue & Location: Chase Center, San Francisco, California)

#4 Arkansas vs. #1 Gonzaga, 7:09 p.m. ET, CBS – #4 Arkansas 74, #1 Gonzaga 68

#3 Texas Tech vs. #2 Duke, 9:39 p.m. ET, CBS – #2 Duke 78, #3 Texas Tech 73

West Region Regional Final (Elite Eight) – Saturday, March 26 (Venue & Location: Chase Center in San Francisco, California)

#4 Arkansas vs. #2 Duke, 8:49 p.m. ET, TBS – #2 Duke 78, #4 Arkansas 69

2022 NCAA Tournament East Region

East Region First Round

Fort Worth, Texas (Dickies Arena – Thursday, March 17)

#1 Baylor 85, #16 Norfolk State 49
#8 North Carolina 95, #9 Marquette 63

Portland, Oregon (Moda Center – Thursday, March 17)

#5 Saint Mary’s 82, #12 Indiana 53
#4 UCLA 57, #13 Akron 53

Milwaukee, Wisconsin (Fiserv Forum – Friday, March 18)

#6 Texas 81, #11 Virginia Tech 73
#3 Purdue 78, #14 Yale 56

Indianapolis, Indiana (Gainbridge Fieldhouse – Thursday, March 17)

#7 Murray State 92, #10 San Francisco 87 (OT)
#15 Saint Peter’s 85, #2 Kentucky 79

East Region Second Round

Fort Worth, Texas (Dickies Arena – Saturday, March 19)

#8 North Carolina 93, #1 Baylor 86 (OT)

Portland, Oregon (Moda Center – Saturday, March 19)

#4 UCLA 72, #5 Saint Mary’s 56

Milwaukee, Wisconsin (Fiserv Forum – Sunday, March 20)

#3 Purdue 81, #6 Texas 71

Indianapolis, Indiana (Gainbridge Fieldhouse – Saturday, March 19)

#15 Saint Peter’s 70, #7 Murray State 60

East Region Regional Semifinals (Sweet 16) – Friday, March 25 (Venue & Location: Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

#15 Saint Peter’s vs. #3 Purdue, 7:09 p.m. ET, CBS – #15 Saint Peter’s 67, #3 Purdue 64

#8 North Carolina vs. #4 UCLA, 9:39 p.m. ET, CBS – #8 North Carolina 73, #4 UCLA 66

East Region Regional Final (Elite Eight) – Sunday, March 27 (Venue & Location: Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

#15 Saint Peter’s vs. #8 North Carolina, 5:05 p.m. ET, CBS – #8 North Carolina 69, #15 Saint Peter’s 49

2022 NCAA Tournament South Region

South Region First Round

San Diego, California (Viejas Arena – Friday, March 18)

#1 Arizona 87, #16 Wright State 70

#9 TCU 69, #8 Seton Hall 42

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (PPG Paints Arena – Friday, March 18)

#5 Houston 82, #12 UAB 68

#4 Illinois 54, #13 Chattanooga 53

Indianapolis, Indiana (Gainbridge Fieldhouse – Thursday, March 17)

#11 Michigan 75, #6 Colorado State 63

#3 Tennessee 88, #14 Longwood 56

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (PPG Paints Arena – Friday, March 18)

#7 Ohio State 54, #10 Loyola-Chicago 41

#2 Villanova 80, #15 Delaware 60

South Region Second Round

San Diego, California (Viejas Arena – Sunday, March 20)

#1 Arizona 85, #9 TCU 80 (OT)

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (PPG Paints Arena – Sunday, March 20)

#5 Houston 68, #4 Illinois 53

Indianapolis, Indiana (Gainbridge Fieldhouse – Saturday, March 19)

#11 Michigan 76, #3 Tennessee 68

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (PPG Paints Arena – Sunday, March 20)

#2 Villanova 71, #7 Ohio State 61

South Region Regional Semifinals (Sweet 16) – Thursday, March 24 (Venue & Location: AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas)

#11 Michigan vs. #2 Villanova, 7:29 p.m. ET, TBS – #2 Villanova 63, #11 Michigan 55

#5 Houston vs. #1 Arizona, 9:59 p.m. ET, TBS – #5 Houston 72, #1 Arizona 60

South Region Regional Final (Elite Eight) – Saturday, March 26 (Venue & Location: AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas)

#5 Houston vs. #2 Villanova, 6:09 p.m. ET, TBS – #2 Villanova 50, #5 Houston 44

2022 NCAA Tournament Midwest Region

Midwest Region First Round

Fort Worth, Texas (Dickies Arena – Thursday, March 17)

#1 Kansas 83, #16 Texas Southern 56

#9 Creighton 72, #8 San Diego State 69

Buffalo, New York (KeyBank Center – Thursday, March 17)

#12 Richmond 67, #5 Iowa 63

#4 Providence 66, #13 South Dakota State 57

Fiserv Forum (Milwaukee, Wisconsin – Friday. March 18)

#11 Iowa State 59, #6 LSU 54

#3 Wisconsin 67, #14 Colgate 60

Greenville, South Carolina (Bon Secours Wellness Arena – Friday, March 18)

#10 Miami (FL) 68, #7 USC 66

#2 Auburn 80, #15 Jacksonville State 61

Midwest Region Second Round

Fort Worth, Texas (Dickies Arena – Saturday, March 19)

#1 Kansas 79, #9 Creighton 72

Buffalo, New York (KeyBank Center – Saturday, March 19)

#4 Providence 79, #13 Richmond 51

Milwaukee, Wisconsin (Fiserv Forum – Sunday, March 20)

#11 Iowa State 54, #3 Wisconsin 49

Greenville, South Carolina (Bon Secours Wellness Arena – Sunday, March 20)

#10 Miami (FL) 79, #2 Auburn 61

Midwest Region Regional Semifinals (Sweet 16) – Friday, March 25 (Venue & Location: United Center in Chicago, Illinois)

#4 Providence vs. #1 Kansas, 7:29 p.m. ET, TBS – #1 Kansas 66, #4 Providence 61

#11 Iowa State vs. #10 Miami, 9:59 p.m. ET, TBS – #10 Miami 70, #11 Iowa State 56

Midwest Region Regional Final (Elite Eight) – Sunday, March 27 (Venue & Location: United Center in Chicago, Illinois)

#10 Miami (FL) vs. #1 Kansas, 2:20 p.m. ET, CBS – #1 Kansas 76, #10 Miami (FL) 50

2022 NCAA Men’s Tournament Final Four

National Semifinals – Saturday, April 2 (Venue & Location: Caesars Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana)

Villanova (South #2) vs. Kansas (Midwest #1), 6:09 p.m. ET, TBS

North Carolina (East #8) vs. Duke (West #2), 8:49 p.m. ET, TBS

Championship Game – Monday, April 4 (Venue & Location: Caesars Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana)

North Carolina/Duke winner vs. Villanova/Kansas winner, 9:20 p.m. ET, TBS

2022 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament History and FAQ

When does this year’s NCAA Tournament take place?

Here is a look at this year’s March Madness schedule:

2022 NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament Schedule

  • First Four: March 15 & March 16
  • First Round: March 17 & 18
  • Second Round: March 19 & 20
  • Sweet Sixteen: March 24 & 25
  • Elite Eight: March 26 & 27
  • 2022 Final Four: Saturday, April 2 (semifinals) and Monday, April 4 (championship game)

Where does March Madness take place this year?

All in all, 13 cities and venues will host March Madness games in 2022. The schedule above lists every location and venue, but here they are all in one place:

2022 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament Locations & Venues

  • Dayton, Ohio (UD Arena) – First Four
  • Buffalo, New York (KeyBank Center) – West and Midwest First and Second Rounds
  • Fort Worth, Texas (Dickies Arena) – East and Midwest First and Second Rounds
  • Greenville, South Carolina (Bon Secours Wellness Arena) – West and Midwest First and Second Rounds
  • Indianapolis, Indiana (Gainbridge Fieldhouse) – East and South First and Second Rounds
  • Milwaukee, Wisconsin (Fiserv Forum) – East and Midwest First and Second Rounds
  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (PPG Paints Arena) – South First and Second Rounds
  • Portland, Oregon (Moda Center) – West and East First and Second Rounds
  • San Diego, California (Viejas Arena) – West and South First and Second Rounds
  • Chicago, Illinois (United Center) – Midwest Region Regional Semifinals and Final
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Wells Fargo Center) – East Region Regional Semifinals and Final
  • San Antonio, Texas (AT&T Center) – South Region Regional Semifinals and Final
  • San Francisco, California (Chase Center): West Region Regional Semifinals and Final
  • New Orleans, Louisiana (Caesars Superdome): Final Four (semifinals and championship game)

How many teams are in March Madness?

Since 2011, the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament has featured a 68-team field. This year will be the first time that the field for the women’s tournament also features 68 teams.

The 68 teams are grouped in four regions: East, Midwest, South, and West. Eight teams take part in the First Four, and the winners of the four First Four games move on to the 64-team first round.

Who is favored to win this year’s NCAA Tournament?

2022 NCAA Tournament Odds

Who has won the most NCAA men’s basketball championships?

UCLA leads the way with 11 titles. Ten of those championships came under legendary coach John Wooden in a 12-season span between 1964 and 1975, with the other coming in 1995.

Kentucky is second on the list, with the most recent of their titles coming in 2012. Fierce rivals North Carolina (six, most recent in 2017) and Duke (five, most recent in 2015) are next in line, along with Indiana (five, most recent in 1987). UConn (four, most recent in 2014) is the only other program with four or more titles.

Eddie Griffin
Eddie Griffin

Eddie Griffin has been writing about and Betting on sports for over a decade. For more of his thoughts on sports and sports betting, you can follow him on Twitter.

Eddie Griffin has been writing about and Betting on sports for over a decade. For more of his thoughts on sports and sports betting, you can follow him on Twitter.