The 2018 NCAA men’s basketball tournament begins Friday night in Greensboro, North Carolina, and it will include a new round of eight teams that will be seeded in the top four in each conference.
The 2018 NCAA tournament will begin with the semifinals on Friday night, as North Carolina State, Florida State and Duke take on Clemson, Villanova, Wisconsin and Maryland.
The top four seeds from each conference will advance to the championship game on Sunday, Jan. 31, 2019.
The bracket will be announced on ESPN on Saturday, Jan, 22, and the NCAA tournament has a first round bye to make sure all four teams are ready for a matchup.
This is a chance for some fresh legs in the bracket.
The semifinals on Thursday night will be played in Raleigh.
Duke, North Florida, North Texas and Texas A&M will all be making their NCAA tournament debuts.
The top three seeds from the ACC will advance, as Duke, Virginia Tech and NC State will be the only teams seeded in those conferences.
The ACC will also have two teams seeded directly in the ACC tournament.
North Carolina State and Virginia Tech will also make their debuts in the NCAA tourney, while Virginia will face a visiting Georgia Tech team.NC State will play in the first round of the tournament on Saturday in Greensburg, North Carolinas second home, and Virginia will play against Virginia Tech in the second round of Greensburg on Jan. 29.
Duke and Georgia Tech will play the third round in Raleigh on Saturday.
Duke will play Georgia Tech in Raleigh, while North Carolina will play Clemson in Greensburgh.
Duke will also face Virginia Tech, which will also play in Greensborough.
North Florida will play at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, while Georgia Tech and Virginia head to Florida State in Tallahassee, Florida.
Virginia and North Carolina both face Louisville in the final.
Duke also faces North Carolina in Greensville, Florida in the third and final round.
Georgia Tech and Georgia will both face North Carolina.
North Carolina and Clemson will also take on Louisville in Tallapolle, Florida on Saturday night.
Virginia will also travel to New York for a game against No. 1 seed Duke in the Barclays Center.
Duke is playing No. 4 seed North Carolina for the tournament championship.