The first full day of the 2017 NCAA men's basketball tournament will take place on Thursday, March 16 and March Madness will conclude on Monday, April 3 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.

As always, the best days to play hooky are the first Thursday and Friday of the tournament - which this year will coincide with St. Patrick's Day on Friday, March 17.

Here are a look at the key dates for college basketball's shining moments.


Tuesday, March 14

Play-in games at Dayton, Ohio


Wednesday, March 15

Play-in games at Dayton, Ohio


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Thursday, March 16

First full day of games


Friday, March 17 (St. Patrick's Day)

Second full day of games


Saturday, March 18

Field of 32 


Sunday, March 19

Field of 32


Thursday, March 23

Sweet 16 Day 1


Friday, March 24

Sweet 16 Day 2


Saturday, March 25

Elite 8 Day 1


Sunday, March 26

Elite 8 Day 2


Saturday, April 1

Final Four


Monday, April 3

National Championship Game