The smell of spring is in the air, and that can only mean one thing. March Madness is around the corner. The 2011 NCAA Tournament tips off on the 15th of March (aka the Ides of March). The tournament is a bit different again this year as the field has expanded once again. After the 31 automatic bids, 37 at-large bids will join the automatic bids in the 2011. The previous expansion added a 65th team and introduced a so-called “play-in” game , which pits the two lowest seeded teams against each other for the opportunity to play the top overall seed. That game has now been removed and three more teams have been added to the field – bringing the total to 68 overall Field of 68 marking 2011 as the first season with 68 teams in the NCAA Tournament.
The NCAA Tournament Championship game will be on April 4th, 2011 taking place at the Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas.
It is also worthy of note, that EVERY game will be broadcasted this year on TV, not just what CBS thinks we want to watch. Super. March Madness games will also be available on TBS, TNT, and truTV.
2011 NCAA Tournament schedule
- March 13 – 2011 NCAA Tournament Selection Sunday
- March 15 & 16 – First Four/Play-in game(s) @ University of Dayton Arena, Dayton, OH
- March 17, 18, 19 & 20 – First & Second round games
- BOK Center, Tulsa, Oklahoma (Host: University of Tulsa)
- McKale Center, Tucson, Arizona (Host: University of Arizona)
- Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado (Host: Mountain West Conference)
- Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio (Host: Cleveland State University)
- St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa, Florida (Host: University of South Florida)
- Time Warner Cable Arena, Charlotte, North Carolina (Host: University of North Carolina at Charlotte)
- United Center, Chicago, Illinois (Host: Big Ten Conference)
- Verizon Center, Washington, D.C. (Host: Georgetown University)
- March 24, 25, 26 & 27 – Sweet 16 & Elite 8
- SOUTHWEST REGIONAL: Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas (Host: University of Texas at San Antonio)
- WEST REGIONAL: Honda Center, Anaheim, California (Host: Big West Conference)
- SOUTHEAST REGIONAL: Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana (Host: Tulane University)
- EAST REGIONAL: Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey (Host: Seton Hall University)
- April 2 & 4 – Final Four
- Reliant Stadium, Houston, TX – co-hosted by Rice University and the University of Houston
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