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Printable 2024 March Madness Bracket – Make Your Picks for the NCAA Tournament!

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by Ian Jones in College Basketball

Updated Mar 17, 2024 · 5:03 PM PDT

  • Selection Sunday has revealed the 2024 NCAA Tournament bracket & the field of 68 teams is set
  • March Madness 2024 begins with the First Four on March 19 & culminates with the Final Four on April 6
  • Download and print your 2024 March Madness bracket to track your picks all the way to the NCAA championship game

Conference tournaments are finished, the bubbles have burst, and the field is set! The NCAA Tournament Selection Committee has revealed its 68-team field for the 2024 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. Join in on the insanity by downloading SBD’s printable 2024 March Madness Bracket.

Below, you’ll find details on how bracket contests are typically scored, tips and trends to follow when filling out your bracket, first-round matchups, and upsets to watch out for (we’re looking at you 5 vs 12 seeds).

Printable March Madness Bracket

Click on the image above to open and download a PDF of the printable bracket.

Although the tournament technically begins with Tuesday & Wednesday’s First Four games, the tournament First Round starts on Thursday, March 21st. That’s when most bracket contests officially begin.

Bracket Contests rarely consider First Four games, meaning you will likely have until early Thursday morning to make your picks & submit your bracket.

How Are March Madness Bracket Contests Scored?

The most common March Madness bracket contests require participants to pick the winner of every game before the tournament starts. This includes all hypothetical matchups that follow the First Round, all the way to the National Championship.

And that’s where things get dangerous: make a risky upset pick too early and the team you thought would be “one & done” could make a run for the title.

Correct picks earn points while losing picks get nothing. Scoring can vary from one contest to the next; sometimes, more perilous picks are rewarded with higher point totals, but only if they’re correct!

But more often than not, correct picks are awarded points based on the following format:

  • Correct picks in the First Round – One Point
  • Correct picks in the Second Round – Two Points
  • Correct picks in the Sweet Sixteen – Four Points
  • Correct picks in the Elite Eight – Eight Points
  • Correct picks in the Final Four – Sixteen Points
  • Correct pick in the National Championship – Thirty-Two Points

The point totals sometimes change, but the format is the same: correct picks in later rounds will earn higher point totals overall.

And in the case of a tie, most contests will have all participants guess the Total Points Scored in the National Championship. The guess closest to the point total in the title game will determine the winner!

Looking for Betting Advice on Your Bracket Picks?

Get started with SBD’s 11 March Madness Betting First-Round Trends You to Know, where we recap the Thursday & Friday seed matchups that are gimmies and the ones to be wary of.

Next, look ahead to the tournament’s second weekend with our March Madness Sweet 16 & Elite 8 Betting Trends.

For those of you reading tea leaves trying to find an upset, learn how to spot them from afar with our March Madness Upsets to watch.

And don’t make your picks for the third weekend without reading Final Four Trends for your March Madness bets.

Finally, make sure you know the seven attributes of How to Pick March Madness Winners. Getting one correct finalist correct on your bracket is hard enough, but naming the overall champ is key to boasting a winning bracket.

Watch Out for These First Round Matchups & Potential Upsets

To paraphrase Benjamin Franklin, in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death, taxes, and first round March Madness upsets.

The trick to predicting upsets, however, starts with knowing they don’t happen just because we want them to. Upsets are why there’s madness in March, but seeing them everywhere is pure lunacy.

With that in mind and the 2024 NCAA Tournament bracket fresh out of the oven, here are our “first impression” upsets to consider. You may want to make a play on one or two, but don’t convince yourself that they’ll all happen:

– #12 McNeese State over #5 Gonzaga – One of four 30-win teams in the tournament, the Cowboys lost only three games all season and could pick off a Bulldogs team in the midst of a down season.
– #12 Grand Canyon over #5 Saint Mary’s – Wait, another 12-seed knocking out a favorite from the WCC? You better believe it. The Lopes open as +5.5 dogs, but their strong guard play will push the slow-tempo Gaels.
– #10 Drake over #7 Washington State – This one is technically an upset, but the Bulldogs open as -1 favorites after grinding to win the MVC. They’re also 4-1 against other tourney teams this season.
– #11 New Mexico over #6 Clemson – Another favorite hiding behind a lower seed, due to a sixth-place finish in a stacked Mountain West. The Lobos open as -2 favorites and it’s deserved: New Mexico sits eleven places higher than Clemson on the final KenPom table.

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