Special Event: NCAA basketball tournament 2022
March 15, 2022 7:54 AM - Subscribe

It's time to put on your dancing shoes! Schedules and such are pretty much back to pre-Rona organization. Baylor is the 2021 defending men's champion, and Arizona is the defending women's champion.

Men's tournament: https://www.ncaa.com/news/basketball-men/article/2022-march-madness-schedule
First Four: March 15-16
First round: March 17-18
Second round: March 19-20
Sweet 16: March 24-25
Elite Eight: March 26-27
Final Four: April 2
NCAA championship game: April 4

Bracket challenge group link: https://fantasy.espn.com/tournament-challenge-bracket/2022/en/group?groupID=4602202

(group name is MetaFilter 2022, password is blue)

Women's tournament: https://www.ncaa.com/news/basketball-women/article/2022-03-13/2022-ncaa-womens-basketball-tournament-dates-schedule
First Four games will be played Wednesday, March 16 and Thursday, March 17 at top-16 seeds.
First- and second-round games will be played Friday, March 18, through Monday, March 21, at top-16 seeds.
Regionals are Friday, March 25, through Monday, March 28, in Connecticut, North Carolina, Washington and Kansas. The Sweet 16 will be played March 25-26, followed by the Elite Eight from March 27-28.
The Women's Final Four is at 7 and 9:30 p.m. ET on Friday, April 1 on ESPN, and the national championship game is at 8 p.m. Sunday, April 3 on ESPN at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minn.

Bracket challenge group link:

(group name is MetaFilter 2022, password is blue)

Brackets lock at tip-off on the first regular (non-playin) game, so get your brackets in. :)
posted by joycehealy (31 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I made a bracket for the women's teams. I know as little about basketball as it is possible for a middle-aged American man to know, so I have high hopes of doing well here.
posted by gauche at 9:04 AM on March 15

My sister cajoled us into doing brackets for the mens tournament, which is going delightfully poorly for all involved in our family group. Can't believe the Spiders knocked off the Hawkeyes! To say nothing of UConn and, it's looking like, Kentucky going out early. Not the biggest basketball fan but I do love the chaos.

Have done a bracket for the womens tournament. Looking forward to that immediately going sideways as well.
posted by the primroses were over at 6:38 PM on March 17 [1 favorite]

Holy crap, that St Peters/UK game was so fun. I love the Madness
posted by donnagirl at 6:53 PM on March 17 [1 favorite]

Go Spiders! They slay a giant every time they make the tourney. They looked really good for 35 minutes.
posted by Horselover Fat at 7:40 PM on March 17

I love the chaos in this big silly tournament.
posted by fleacircus at 11:15 PM on March 17

After the St. Peter's/Kentucky game, ESPN tweeted that there are 743 perfect brackets remaining.

Out of over 17 million.
posted by box at 5:08 AM on March 18 [1 favorite]

Men's side, we are down to zero perfect brackets. That was fast.
posted by joycehealy at 9:08 PM on March 18

For those who are surprised by Richmond's win, the Hawkeyes play awful in the tournament all too often.

But do watch the women's team. Caitlin Clark is the best player in BB.
posted by Fukiyama at 4:53 PM on March 19

St. Pete’s makes this look easy. Dang.
posted by joycehealy at 7:55 PM on March 19 [3 favorites]

We're watching the TCU game and having the vapors because our Frogs ARE ONLY DOWN THREE AT HALFTIME.

(If they'd quit shooting 3s and shoot 2s, they'd probably still be up.)
posted by joycehealy at 7:52 PM on March 20

Well Baylor single-handedly took out both my mens and womens brackets, and now their assistant coach Jerome Tang is headed to my alma mater Kansas State to be the head coach.

Also Found myself weirdly wishing for Duke to take it all to get a lifetime moment for Coach K. Have never cheered for Duke in my life.
posted by donnagirl at 12:22 PM on March 21 [1 favorite]

I'm going back and forth on Duke too. I grew up listening to "Duke is puke, Wake is fake, NC state is the team I hate. You can't go to heaven in a red canoe cause God's favorite color is Carolina blue!" even though I went to State, but it might be nice to send Coach K out in style.

We are two rounds in, and on the men's side, we are down a single #1 seed, with Baylor having gone down to Chapel Hill (I am going to DIE SALTY about the TCU/Arizona game). Left are 3 1-seeds, 2 2-seeds, 2 3s, 3 4s, a 5, a 8, 2 11s, a 10, and a 15, go St. Pete's. Carillons is in the lead with 470 and a max earning potential of 1710. My bracket is a beautiful pile of trash.

Women's side, all 4 1-seeds are still in, along with 2 2s, 3 3s, 2 4s, 2 5s, a 6, and 2 10s. Donnagirl is in the lead, with 450 points and a max possible of 1210, and my bracket is (say it with me) beautiful trash! Though I remain confident that this is NCSU's year.
posted by joycehealy at 6:40 AM on March 22 [1 favorite]

In the men's tournament in all my brackets I've been super accurate on the Midwest group. It's certainly not through any magic of mine but has been a nice boost to carry through some points.
posted by Carillon at 10:43 PM on March 22

Gonzaga losing is a real stake in my brackets heart though.
posted by Carillon at 8:21 PM on March 24

Aw darn, I was really rooting for Texas Tech to knock off Duke. Entertaining game though.
posted by the primroses were over at 9:24 PM on March 24 [2 favorites]

The MBB FF is like a test, which of these teams do you fuckin' hate more than anything, the least.
posted by fleacircus at 7:12 PM on March 27

posted by joycehealy at 6:17 PM on March 28

What do my Wolfpack have to do, TACKLE UCONN to get the foul called? I don't normally bitch about officiating, but what am I watching.
posted by joycehealy at 6:21 PM on March 28

Country music singer Eric Church cancels sold out arena show to attend Duke-UNC final four game.

I have never heard of this guy, but that is hilarious and I don't think I could even be mad if I was planning to attend his show. That is some extreme sportsball fandom.
posted by the primroses were over at 1:20 PM on March 30 [2 favorites]

I don’t know where you’re located, but if you’ve never experienced Duke and Chapel Hill fans… it’s a lot. I live here and I am already thoroughly sick of hearing about this basketball game that has not occurred yet. :)
posted by joycehealy at 5:15 PM on March 31 [1 favorite]

What's crazy is that the Villanova-Kansas matchup any other tournament would've been huge and would only be overshadowed by Duke-UNC. If it ends up being Kansas-Duke it might be one of the greatest match-ups in tournament history. Vegas has the line on a Kansas-Duke game as basically even at a one point spread.
posted by geoff. at 5:58 PM on April 1

posted by LionIndex at 8:15 PM on April 2 [3 favorites]

Greatest Final Four in recent memory! Can't wait for Monday.
posted by geoff. at 8:18 PM on April 2

My favorite tweet about this is simply: More like Coach L.
posted by fleacircus at 9:25 PM on April 2 [1 favorite]

My family though I was nuts to take Carolina to the final four in my bracket, but after the way the team put the hurt on Duke for senior night (spoiling Coach K’s curtain call) I knew the guys had it in them to go far in the tournament. Honestly, I don’t really care if they lose to Kansas. Beating Duke TWICE IS what makes most Tar Heel fans giddy.
Fun fact, Carolina has a perfect record against Duke in the NCAA tournament!
posted by msali at 10:49 PM on April 2 [4 favorites]

I think overall the women's final 4 games were better, but the men's UNC-Duke match up was probably the best game of the bunch.
posted by the primroses were over at 8:42 AM on April 3 [1 favorite]

Ya omfg
posted by fleacircus at 12:58 AM on April 5

How do you blow a 15 point halftime lead? Sigh.

No one got the women's winner right (today, we are all Gamecocks!) but lockbox put it away with a resounding 1100 points. Men's side, rumple was the only one to correctly predict Kansas and ran away with 1060 points.

Thank you for playing, everyone! See you next year. :)
posted by joycehealy at 9:00 AM on April 5 [1 favorite]

Belatedly checking in to be amazed that my women's bracket managed to come in second, somehow. Thanks for setting this up, joycehealy!
posted by Zonker at 8:48 AM on April 8 [1 favorite]

I'm equally amazed that my women's bracket managed to come in first, especially after the shit sandwich I ate on the men's side. See you next year!
posted by box at 10:50 AM on April 8 [1 favorite]

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