- The 2022 March Madness bracket is official
- The round of 64 begins on Thursday, March 17, while the title game takes place on Monday, April 4
- This page contains a printable March Madness bracket that you and your friends can use to make all your picks
The 68-team field has been finalized by the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee and the March Madness bracket has been cemented.
Below, find a printable version of the 2022 March Madness bracket, followed by tips on how to fill out your bracket and how bracket contests tend to be scored.
Printable March Madness Bracket
Click on the image above to open a PDF of the printable bracket. Remember the first round starts on Thursday, March 17, at noon ET. The First Four games are on Tuesday and Wednesday, but bracket contests do not require picks for those games, so you have until Thursday to submit your picks on SBD’s printable March Madness bracket.
How to Fill Out a March Madness Bracket
There is nothing complex about filling out your bracket.
In the first round, there are 64 teams playing in 32 games. The two teams listed at the top-left of the bracket, for instance, play each other. Once you have decided which team you want to advance to the next round, write that team’s name on the horizontal line to the right. Repeat this process until you have picked a winner for all 32 first-round games. (When you get to the right side of the bracket, you will obviously be writing the winner’s name on the horizontal line to the left.)
When you have the second round set, repeat the process, picking a winner for all 16 games. Repeat for the Sweet 16, Elite Eight, and Final Four. Finally, pick your champion and be sure to fill out the tiebreaker score.
The tiebreaker is the total number of points scored in the title game. It is only used to settle ties between to contestants who finish with the same number of points from their picks.
For instance, let’s say that Player A and Player B both finished the tournament with 139 points from their picks. Player A picked a tiebreaker of 130. Player B picked a tiebreaker of 123. The title game ended 70-69 (139 points). Player A would win because their tiebreaker was closer to the total points in the title game.
How to Score Your Bracket
There are a handful of different way to score your bracket contest. Ultimately, it’s up to the person/people running your bracket contest to determine the exact scoring system.
Arguably the most-common is to award one point for each correct pick in the first round and then double the points for each succeeding round. That ends up as follows:
- 1 point for each correct pick in the first round
- 2 points for each correct pick in the second round
- 4 points for each correct pick in the third round (Sweet 16)
- 8 points for each correct pick in the fourth round (Elite 8)
- 16 points for each correct pick in the fifth round (Final Four)
- 32 points for picking the correct national champion
You (traditionally) do not have to correctly predict both participants in a game in order to get points for that game.
Need Betting Advice on Your Bracket Picks?
There are a ton of helpful articles on SBD.
First, see the 11 March Madness Betting First-Round Trends You Need to Know when you are penciling in the teams that will advance to the second round. Once you’re filling out your picks for the second weekend, check out March Madness Sweet 16 & Elite 8 Betting Trends.
Before you make your picks for the Final Four, be sure you read Final Four Trends for Your March Madness Bets.
And last but not least, don’t pick a champion until you know the Seven Attributes of March Madness Winners, because getting the champion correct is always the most-important part of any bracket contest.
SBD will also be releasing previews and predictions for all 67 games in the tournament along with picks to make the Final Four and more. See the college basketball odds page to view the up-to-the-minutes odds (point spread, moneyline, game total) for all games in the tournament.
Other March Madness coverage:
- East Region Odds — Baylor Earns Top Seed, Kentucky Favored
- March Madness Odds Favor Gonzaga at +350 After Selection Sunday
- Midwest Region Odds See Kansas Favored Over Auburn, Iowa and Wisconsin
- South Region Odds: Arizona +110 Favorites, Tennessee & Houston Sleepers
- West Regional Odds: Gonzaga Odds-On Favorite to Reach Final Four