The 2015 NCAA men’s basketball tournament will begin, for real, on Thursday, March 19 at noon.
There are play-in games on Tuesday, March 17 and Wednesday, March 18, technically called the “first round” by the NCAA in order to confuse the masses, but if you’re looking to play non-St. Patrick’s Day hooky – March 19 is your day.
Selection Sunday, aka the Div. 1 Men’s Basketball Selection Show, will be broadcast on CBS beginning at 6 p.m. on March 15.
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And it looks as though for the second straight year, Warren Buffett and Quicken Loans will be trotting out their Billion Dollar Bracket Challenge, in which no one won the jackpot last year (because there are no records of anyone ever having a perfect bracket in the history of man). Quicken Loans is quick to point out, however, that the people with the 20 highest scoring brackets won $100,000 to put toward buying or refinancing a home – so there’s that.
The Billion Bracket remains on Quicken Loans' Sweepstakes and Promotions page.
Buffett, who financed the inaugural contest, said after the NCAA tournament last year that the 2015 edition of his bracket challenge would be better and “easier” to win.
“Wait ‘til next year,” Buffett told The Dan Patrick Show. “We’ll make it a lot easier to enter. There were some questions that were a little tough, I thought (in terms of signing up). We’ll make it easier to win, but I think we’ll have an exciting prize.”