March Madness 2022: What you need to know

    CHICAGO, IL - FEBRUARY 19: A Loyola Chicago fan holds a cutout of team chaplain Sister Jean during a college basketball game between the Drake Bulldogs and the Loyola Chicago Ramblers on February 19, 2022, at Joseph J. Gentile Arena in Chicago, IL.

    (CNN)With both the NCAA men's and women's postseason basketball tournaments starting next week and Selection Sunday just hours away, here's what you need to know about the road to both Final Fours.

    Selection Sunday, when college basketball teams find out their March Madness place, features two special programs this Sunday -- CBS airs the men's bracket reveal at 6 p.m. ET followed by the women's bracket reveal at 8 p.m. on ESPN.
    Thirty-two teams automatically qualify for the men's tournament after winning their respective conference tournaments. A selection committee determines which other teams will receive one of 36 at-large bids for a total of 68 teams.
      This year's edition of the women's tournament will be the first to field 68 teams. The selection process is identical to the men's tournament with 32 automatic bids for winning a conference tournament and the remainder being at-large.
        The Baylor Bears (men) and Stanford Cardinal (women) are the defending champions -- both will be back to make a run for a coveted repeat.
        Head coach Scott Drew of the Baylor Bears celebrates the team 75-68 win over the Iowa State Cyclones at the Ferrell Center on March 5, 2022 in Waco, Texas. Baylor won a share of the Big 12 Championship with the win.

        Schedule of games

        Men's tournament
          • 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
          This year's tournament games will air on CBS, TNT, TBS & truTV.
          Women's tournament
          • First four: March 16-17
          • First round: March 18-19
          • Second round: March 20-21
          • Sweet 16/Elite Eight: March 25 to 28
          • Final Four: April 1
          • NCAA championship game: April 3
          All games will air on the ESPN family of networks.

          Filling out a bracket

          Sometimes, there's no rhyme or reason on how to successfully fill out and produce a "winning" March Madness bracket.
          If you're a college basketball expert, great. If you're not, picking winners based on school names or mascots works fine too.
          The excitement lies in how many games correctly predicted before your bracket "busts."
          Head coach Mike Krzyzewski of the Duke Blue Devils reacts during the first half against the North Carolina Tar Heels at Cameron Indoor Stadium on March 05, 2022 in Durham, North Carolina.

          Five names to watch

          Mike Krzyzewski
          Otherwise known as "Coach K," Duke's head coach is a five-time national champion who's