2022 March Madness® Schedule, Dates, and TV Times

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College basketball fans nationwide are looking forward to the NCAA® tournament (68 teams, 67 games, three weeks). Every year the tournament is considered the marquee sporting event of the spring.

March Madness® is nearly here, with Selection Sunday® looming on March 13th. While there are several teams that have emerged as locks to be in the tournament due to their dominant records, many others remain on the bubble, 68 teams will enter the tournament: and 32 will earn automatic bids by winning their conference tournaments. The remaining teams will be chosen and seeded by the tournament selection committee.

Optimum offers you a look at when and where to watch the 2022 Men’s March Madness® tournament.

While we know when each round is set to take place and what mix of networks they’ll air on, the NCAA® does not release specific game times until after Selection Sunday®. Games typically start in the afternoon and last through the night in the earlier rounds. Expect primetime slots for the Final Four® and National Championship game, as well as any marquee matchups in the earlier rounds.


Round Time (EST), Dates NETWORK

Selection Sunday®

6 p.m. Sunday, March 13 CBS
First Four® March 15-16, time TBA truTV, TBS
First Round March 17-18, time TBA TBS, CBS, TNT, truTV
Second Round March 19-20, time TBA TBS, CBS, TNT, truTV
Sweet 16® March 24-25, time TBA CBS, TBS
Elite Eight® March 26-27, time TBA CBS, TBS
Final Four® April 2, time TBA CBS


April 4, time TBA CBS

March Madness® is broadcast by CBS, across the CBS, TNT. TBS and TruTV networks. Optimum offers a plethora of TV options that include those channels.

Every game from the Men’s tournament is also streamed on the NCAA’s® March Madness® Live  service. There’s an app for pretty much every streaming device out there, and the service is available on your browser as well.

The app is free, but you will need to use your Optimum log-in there are no blackouts, a rarity in sports streaming.

NCAA and March Madness are trademarks of The National Collegiate Athletic Association. TBS, TNT and truTV are trademarks of WarnerMedia LLC. All Rights Reserved.

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