Selection Sunday, which commences March 11, 2018, sees the NCAA Division Basketball Committee whittle down 347 Division 1 men’s and 345 Division 1 women’s college teams from across the United States to a shortlist of 68 men’s and 64 women’s teams who’ve made the field for the 2018 basketball championships. Ending in San Antonio, this year’s is set to be the fiercest competition yet.
Founded in 1939 by the National Association of Basketball Coaches, March Madness is a basketball championship tournament in which the best US teams compete for the national title. The men's tournament was later joined by the women’s tournament during the 1981-82 season, founding an even more electrifying event which is informally known as March Madness. This year’s competition kicks off on March 22 and 24 with two regional heats: West Regional at the Staples Centre Los Angeles and South Regional at Philips Arena in Atlanta. Two more regional heats involving the East Regional at TD Garden in Boston and Midwest Regional at the CenturyLink Centre Nebraska kick off on March 23 and 25. The winners of each region then head to San Antonio, Texas to compete against one another for the championship title.
The tournament traditionally follows the highest seeds, numbers 1-8, taking on the lowest seeds, numbers 9-16. For example, the number 1 seed takes on the number 16 seed in the regional round, the 2nd seed takes on the 15th, and so on. Winning teams move on to the next round, while losing teams are eliminated from the competition and must wait until 2019 for another shot at championship success. This tournament format leaves plenty of potential for an underdog to climb the ranks and steal a regional win. The Men’s Final Four playoffs take place at the multi-purpose Alamodome stadium in San Antonio, Texas from March 31 – April 2 2018 as the city celebrates its 300th anniversary, while the Women's Final Four is held at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio from March 30 – April 1, 2018.
No matter which team you’re backing, get your NCAA tickets and charter a jet to San Antonio International Airport this March. Benefit from shorter boarding times, a spacious private or business jet, and the luxurious comfort on your journey to what is set to be the most exhilarating basketball tournament of the year.