It’s one of the fastest games around and packed with elite athletes from all over the US and, indeed, the world. College basketball is gearing up for another season of excitement and thrills, and with both men’s and women’s teams in action for the NCAA tournaments, these super-fit players are gearing up for the single-elimination competitions.
There are plenty of other leagues and games to enjoy, but these two are great advertisements for the young players of tomorrow and a chance for you to spot the up-and-coming stars of the future.
Wherever you live, you’ll be in with a chance to watch some games in the men’s tournament thanks to a deal struck with CBS and Tuner Sports, which have the US television rights.
Fast and furious
Basketball is a thrilling spectator sport and even more so when you’re watching these highly skilled athletes in action. There are so many teams involved in the tournaments that you’re certain to find one to support, and if you like to have a bet, then sports bets on Stakers.com will give you plenty of options. You could win big if your team goes all the way through the competition and wins it, but there are many ways to bet, such as which player will get the most points in a match, which team will score first, which teams will make the finals, and many other possibilities.
2018 NCAA Division 1 Men’s Tournament
It’s expected that 68 teams will take part in the tournament, which starts on March 13th with the final taking place on April 2nd. Teams are seeded by the NCAA Selection Committee.
The First Four, formerly known as the “play-in” games, take place in Dayton, Ohio and feature the eight lowest-seeded teams, with the winners moving on to the main draw. Eight cities host the first and second round games, with Boise, Detroit, Pittsburgh, Charlotte, Nashville, Wichita, Dallas and San Diego providing the venues for the colleges to fight it out on the courts.
Regional Semifinals go to Los Angeles for the West Regional, Atlanta for the South Regional, Boston for the East, and Omaha for the Midwest, the winners going into the Final Four and a shot at the Championship. These games take place at San Antonio’s Alamodrome in Texas, the culmination of two intensive weeks of competition, and to the victor the spoils.
2018 NCAA Division 1 Women’s Tournament
For the women’s tournament, the first two rounds will be played at the venues of the top 16 seeds, as happened the two previous years, and the sites will become clear when the NCAA announces the seedings. These take place in March, and the winners will go to the Regional Semifinals and Finals, known as the Sweet Sixteen and Elite Eight, to be hosted in Albany, Kansas City, Lexington and Spokane between March 23rd and 26th.
The Nationwide Arena in Columbus hosts the National Semifinals and Championship on March 30th and April 1st.
As you can see, there is plenty of action next year for basketball fans and the prospect of hard-fought tournaments ahead.