NCAA Tournament 2016: When does Sweet 16 start?

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The first weekend of the tournament called as NCAA certainly and very much lived up to the title of March madness, with the likes of Yale, Austin, Stephen F and Northern low a exposing in their one shining moments. But still the powerhouses will not all be home watching this weekend as the six of the ACC teams and all the four No.1 seeds advanced to the “SWEET 16”.

The Tournament continues with the sweet 16 Thursday on March 24 and March 25 Friday.

Have a look at the schedule for the sweet 16 (all times central), with games telecasted on CBS and TBS:


Thursday, March 24

At 6:10 p. m (would telecast on CBS) – 2. Villanova vs. 3. Miami
At 6:37 p.m. (would telecast on TBS) – 2. Oklahoma vs. 3. Texas
At 8:40 p.m. (would telecast on CBS) – 1. Kansas vs. 5. Maryland
At 9:07p.m (would telecast on TBS) – 1. Oregon vs. 4. Duke

Friday, March 25
At 6:10 p.m. 1. Virginia vs. 5. Lowa state (would telecast on CBS)
At 6:37 p.m. 6. Notre Dame vs. 7. Wisconsin (would be telecasted on TBS)
At 8:40 p.m. 11. Gonzaga vs. 10 Syracuse (would be telecasted on CBS)
At 8:57 p.m 1. North Carolina vs. Indiana (would be telecasted on TBS)

The Elite Eight


– Saturday, March 26
-Sunday, March 27

The final four matches will be aired on Saturday (April 2). The National title game would be watched on Monday April 4 at the NRG Stadium located in Houston.
The title game would telecast live on TBS.

The 2016 NCAA basketball tournament has 68 teams playing for the winning title. The tournament has both men and women divisions. The teams are playing in a single elimination tournament to determine the national champion of NCAA college basketball.

The tournament is the 78th edition of the series and started on March 15, 2016 and will conclude with the championship game on April 4 at the NRG stadium which is located in Houston.

The competition is going to be very stiff until the end of the tournament since there were surprising results in the start of the tournament.

Surprising results were the story of the first round of the NCAA men’s division tournament as at least 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, and 15 seed won a first round game for the 3rd time and third time.
This was their first win since 2013.

In the Midwest Region No. 15 seed Middle Tennessee upset N0. 2 seed Michigan state and defeated them for just the 8th time ever win for a No. 15 seed against a No.2 seed.

The qualifying and selection process for the teams is pretty simple. Out of 336 eligible Division I teams, 68 teams take part in the tournament to collide and win the title.

According to the selection procedure I teams are regarded as ineligible due to failing to meet APR requirements, reclassification from a lower division or self-imposed postseason bans.


About the Author

Tanya Jones
Tanya is a senior reporter for JBH News Sports & Tech section. She graduated from York College, City University of New York in 2012.