Selection Sunday 2018: Start Time, Date, TV Schedule and More

Joe Tansey@JTansey90Featured ColumnistMarch 8, 2018

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - MARCH 3: Isaiah Wilkins #21 of the Virginia Cavaliers cheers in the second half during a game against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at John Paul Jones Arena on March 3, 2018 in Charlottesville, Virginia. Virginia defeated Notre Dame 62-57. (Photo by Ryan M. Kelly/Getty Images)
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One of the most anticipated days in sports is almost here. 

Selection Sunday is the culmination of a season's hard work for the 68 men's basketball teams who get a chance to play in the NCAA tournament.

Sunday also serves as a heartbreaking moment for some programs, as their respective bubbles burst due to a combination of factors, including a poor finish and weak resume.

The field of 68 is going to be unveiled on TBS Sunday night, while the tournament itself is broadcast on CBS, TBS, TNT and truTV.

               

Date: Sunday, March 11

Start Time: 6 p.m. ET

TV: TBS

              

No. 1 Seeds Appear to Be Locked Up

Rarely do we have four consensus No. 1 seeds set in stone at this stage of Championship Week, but that's the situation this year.

Virginia appears to be the No. 1 overall seed thanks to its terrific showing in ACC play.

Villanova and Xavier exchanged barbs during Big East play, but both stood out among the rest of the conference leaders.

The Wildcats beat Xavier twice, while the Musketeers won the Big East regular-season title.

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The only thing up for grabs between the Big East rivals is the order of seeding, which could flip if Xavier beats Villanova in the Big East tournament final.

Kansas is the popular choice among bracketologists to take the fourth No. 1 seed after it survived the rigorous Big 12 to win its 14th straight regular-season crown.

There's a possibility Duke swoops in for the final top seed if the Blue Devils beat Virginia in the ACC tournament final and Kansas fails to win the Big 12 tournament, but even then the Jayhawks might carry a slight advantage.

              

Chaos Reigns Supreme on the Bubble

Wednesday's conference tournament action produced an intriguing batch of results for bubble teams.

In the ACC, Louisville and Notre Dame took care of business in their respective second-round games, while Syracuse lost to North Carolina.

The Cardinals appear to be in, with the Fighting Irish and a healthy Bonzie Colson most likely joining them.

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On the other hand, Syracuse appears to be out after needing a quality win over North Carolina.

The two most intriguing bubble teams, Oklahoma and Arizona State, lost their respective conference tournament openers Wednesday.

Oklahoma put itself in a precarious position for Selection Sunday, as it lost to Oklahoma State in the Big 12 tournament.

The Sooners finished 2-8, which could spell trouble for them since no team who closed the season at a 2-8 clip or worse has earned an at-large bid since the tournament field expanded in 1985, per ESPN Stats and Info:

Arizona State, who was ranked as high as No. 3 in the AP Top 25, lost to Colorado in the first round of the Pac-12 tournament.

The Sun Devils have an incredible resume that includes wins over Xavier, Kansas and a few other marquee teams, which leads some experts, such as The Athletic's Seth Davis, to believe they will be in the field of 68:

While Oklahoma and Arizona State are forced to wait out their respective NCAA tournament fates, Marquette, Texas, Oklahoma State and others have opportunities to improve their respective resumes Thursday.

            

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