This year's tournament starts March 17th. Ok, so it actually starts March 15th in Dayton, but that's just for the honor of getting to play the number 1 overall seed. Here's a link to the venue by venue schedule of the 2005 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament UPDATE: A rabid anti-Jayhawk (and unquestionable heretic) reader writes in the following:
FYI, assuming the likely case that Illinois is the #1 overall seed this year, and that they'll be playing in Indianapolis on Thursday, the Play-In Winner will be able to avoid them because the PIW plays on Friday.
I hadn't heard this.