Selection Sunday is finally here. 31 automatic bids have already been decided after nearly two weeks of conference tournament action, but there are still 37 at-large bids to be handed out. There will still be some automatic bids left to decide, however, as the ACC, Atlantic 10, Big Ten and SEC wrap up their tournaments on Sunday morning. For everyone else, this is the moment when the bubble teams learn their final fates and March Madness kicks off in earnest with the unveiling of the 2013 NCAA Tournament bracket.
As usual, the selection show will be broadcast on CBS. They will reveal the brackets, region by region, and name the four No. 1 seeds, culminating with revealing the overall No. 1 team in the tourney. CBS has exclusive rights to the selection show, so that's where your eyes should be tuned into this evening after the final conference tournaments wrap up.
Here's the complete information you need to know for Selection Sunday:
Time: 6 p.m. ET
TV Coverage: CBS
Hosts: Greg Gumbel, Greg Anthony, Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith
Stick with SB Nation throughout Selection Sunday for more on the 2013 NCAA Tournament bracket. We'll have plenty of bracket analysis, as well as live coverage of the Selection Sunday show. After the show, we'll be back with a printable bracket for all of your March Madness needs.
It's rare that the college basketball world doesn't have a great sense of who the four No. 1 seeds are going to be on the morning of Selection Sunday, but that's precisely the situation it's waking up to in 2013.
Back on Friday, Nov. 9, the 2012-13 college basketball season began. Today, one of the most thrilling and unpredictable campaigns in recent memory reaches the beginning of the end as the Selection Committee will name the 68 teams that will play for the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship.
Ten other teams joined Kansas, Louisville and New Mexico in clinching bids on Saturday -- Akron (MAC), Albany (America East), Memphis (Conference USA), Montana (Big Sky), New Mexico State (WAC), North Carolina A&T (MEAC), Northwestern State (Southland), Oregon (Pac-12), Pacific (Big West) and Southern U. (SWAC).
As for the bubble, Mississippi, which could not afford a late bad loss to Vanderbilt in the SEC semifinals, knocked off the Commodores. The Rebels did what they needed to do, but they might just want to clinch the auto bid by beating Florida in this afternoon's SEC final to be safe.
Conversely, Alabama really needed to beat Florida and Southern Mississippi's most realistic hope was to win the C-USA auto bid, a dream Memphis ended. The same went for Maryland, defeated by North Carolina in the ACC semifinals, and UMass, which fell to VCU in the Atlantic 10. For more on the bubble situation, take a look at last night's Last Four In/First Four Out post.
North Carolina vs. Miami, 1 p.m. ET (ACC Network or ESPN and ESPN3D, Check Your Local Listings) The Tar Heels burst Maryland's bubble on Saturday and now will try to send the Hurricanes down the seed list.
VCU vs. Saint Louis, 1 p.m. ET (CBS) You might very well want to watch this one, as both of these teams will make noise over the next few weekends. The Billikens have a shot at a four seed with a win.
Mississippi vs. Florida, 1 p.m. ET (ABC) The Rebels will attempt to make it easy on the Selection Committee, while the Gators are trying to crack the No. 2 line, an unlikely possibility given how the weak SEC limited the Gators' Top-50 win chances.
Big Ten Final
Wisconsin vs. Ohio State, 3:30 p.m. ET (CBS) The Buckeyes will be looking to wrap up a No. 2 seed, while the Badgers could sneak up to the a three line with a win. However, with the lateness of that particular game, who knows where these two teams end up.
The Selection Show
6 p.m. ET (CBS) About 45 or so minutes after action wraps up in Chicago, the moment of reckoning arrives.