Selection Sunday is a big day when it comes to the NCAA Division 1 men's college basketball tournament. On bracket Selection Sunday, the NCAA announces which 68 teams have made the cut for its annual college basketball tournament, also known as March Madness or the Big Dance.
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Now, 31 of the teams will already be determined prior to Selection Sunday, mostly due to conference tournaments held by 30 different NCAA conferences. (The Ivy League conference does not have a tournament, and instead, awards its spot to the team with the best record.) On Selection Sunday, which is usually held on the second Sunday in March (2012 bracket selection Sunday is on March 11), the NCAA announces which 37 at-large teams have made the cut and gotten bids. Fans, players, coaches, students, and alums of each team that might be on the bubble as far as making a bid wait to see what happens on Selection Sunday.
The Top 25 college basketball rankings do not play a part in Selection Sunday, other than to tell people which are the top teams. Generally speaking, the entire Top 25 makes it into the Big Dance.
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On Selection Sunday, fans get to hear not just which 37 at-large basketball teams have made the cut, but where each team is ranked, and which of the four regions each team will be competing in. Generally speaking, while the regions may have geographic names relating to wherever their tournaments may be held (East, Midwest, etc.) they are not always related to the geographic region the team is in. And if there are basketball powerhouses in the same actual geographic region in the country, they could be split up into different geographic regions when it comes to Selection Sunday.
On bracket Selection Sunday, fans can start planning out their brackets, a popular pastime. There will also be some fans happy about their team making the college basketball tournament, or irate that their team did not make it. Either way, there is a lot of drama with bracket Selection Sunday.