NCAA Basketball Tournament Fast Facts

(CNN)Here's a look at the NCAA Men's Basketball and Women's Basketball Tournaments. The single-elimination tournament is nicknamed "March Madness" or "The Big Dance."

2021 NCAA Men's and Women's Finals

April 5, 2021 - Men's Finals - The Baylor Bears defeat the Gonzaga Bulldogs 86-70. This is Baylor's first men's NCAA basketball title.
April 4, 2021 - Women's Finals - The Stanford Cardinal defeats the Arizona Wildcats 54-53. This is Stanford's third national title and first since 1992.

Men's Selection Process

68 teams are invited to compete.
- 32 teams receive automatic bids by winning their conference tournaments.
- 36 teams receive an at-large bid from the NCAA Selection Committee.
The 12-member selection committee, comprised of athletic directors and conference commissioners, is responsible for selecting the 36 at-large teams, seeding (or ranking) all 68 teams and placing them in one of four regions within the bracket. The committee's field of 68 is revealed on the Sunday before the four first-round games, appropriately dubbed "Selection Sunday."
The selection process is based on many factors including win-loss record, strength of schedule and NET (NCAA Evaluation Tool) data.

Women's Selection Process

64 teams are invited to compete.
- 32 teams receive automatic bids by winning their conference tournaments.
- 32 teams receive an at-large bid from the NCAA Selection Committee.
Similar to the men's selection process, a 10-member selection committee chooses the 32 at-large teams, seeding (or ranking) all 64 teams and placing them in one of four regions within the bracket. (There will be 12 members starting in the 2021-2022 season.) The committee's field of 64 is revealed on "Selection Monday," the day before the four first-round games.
The selection process is based on many factors including win-loss record, strength of schedule and NET (NCAA Evaluation Tool) data.
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