Welcome, Madness

The bright lights go on in Minneapolis in April, but March comes first. Dates to know:

Friday: Gophers’ final regular-season game, at Maryland

March 13: Big Ten tournament starts in Chicago

March 17: Selection Sunday

March 19: NCAA tourney begins with the First Four games

March 30-31: Regional finals, where four teams punch tickets to Minneapolis

April 6: Final Four semifinals, U.S. Bank Stadium

April 8: Championship Monday, U.S. Bank Stadium