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2011 NCAA Men's Division I

Basketball Tournament

2011 Final Four Logo

2011 Final Four logo

Season 2010–11
Finals Site Reliant Stadium

Houston, Texas

Champions
Runner-Up
Semifinalists
Winning Coach
MOP
Previous 2010
Next 2012

The 2011 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament will involve 68 schools playing in a single-elimination tournament to determine the national champion of men's NCAA Division I college basketball. The 73rd edition of the NCAA Tournament is scheduled to begin on March 15, 2011 and will conclude with the championship game on April 4 at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas.

Qualified teamsEdit

Team Conference How Qualified Last Appearance # of Appearances
Arkansas-Little Rock Sun Belt Tournament Winner 1990 4
Belmont Atlantic Sun Tournament Winner 2008 4
Bucknell Patriot Tournament Winner 2006 5
Butler Horizon Tournament Winner 2010 11
Gonzaga West Coast Tournament Winner 2010 14
Indiana State Missouri Valley Tournament Winner 2001 4
Long Island Northeast Tournament Winner 1997 4
Memphis Conference USA Tournament Winner 2009 22
Morehead State Ohio Valley Tournament Winner 2009 7
Northern Colorado Big Sky Tournament Winner Never 1
Oakland Summit Tournament Winner 2010 3
Old Dominion CAA Tournament Winner 2010 11
Saint Peter's MAAC Tournament Winner 1995 3
UNC Asheville Big South Tournament Winner 2003 2
Wofford Southern Tournament Winner 2010 2

Tournament procedureEdit

For the first time, a total of 68 teams will enter the tournament.[1] Thirty of the thirty-one automatic bids will be given to the programs that win their conference tournaments. The remaining automatic bid will go to the Ivy League regular season champion since they do not hold a conference tournament. The remaining 37 teams will be granted "at-large" bids, which are extended by the NCAA Selection Committee. All 68 teams will be announced on Selection Sunday March 13, 2011.

The Selection Committee will rank the entire field from 1 to 68. The last four at-large teams selected and the four lowest ranked automatic qualifiers will play in a "First Four".[2] The four winners of those games advance to the main draw of the tournament to play a higher seed. The four lowest ranked teams of the 68 will play against each other in a pair of First Four games, with winners advancing to play #1 seeds. The last four at-large teams will play in the other two First Four games, with the winners moving on to likely face either #4 or #5 seeds.

The following are the sites selected to host each round of the 2011 tournament:[3][4]

First Four
Second and third rounds
Regional sites

Each regional winner will advance to the Final Four, held April 2 and 4 in Houston at Reliant Stadium, co-hosted by Rice University and the University of Houston.


MediaEdit

TelevisionEdit

On April 22, 2010, it was announced that the NCAA had reached a new 14-year, US $10.8 billion deal with CBS Sports and TimeWarner-owned Turner Sports (by way of TBS, TNT and truTV) for the rights to broadcast the NCAA Tournament from 2011–2024, marking the first time every game in the tournament would be telecast on a national basis.

CBS and Turner will pool their resources for the tournament, with members of the NBA on TNT crew joining CBS' established March Madness broadcasters. Coverage will originate from the CBS Broadcast Center in New York City and Turner's Atlanta studios.[5]

Studio hostsEdit

Studio analystsEdit

Announcing teamsEdit

Kerr and Wolfson will join Nantz and Kellogg only during the First Four, Final Four, and National Title games. Normally Kerr will be paired with Marv Albert, and Wolfson will have another assignment to be determined.

Sideline reportersEdit

Round-by-round game scheduleEdit

All times Eastern and PM[6]

Round CBS TBS TNT TruTV
First Four
(Mar. 15 & 16)
6:30
9:00
Second
(Mar. 17 & 18)
12:00
2:30
7:00
9:30
1:30
4:00
6:45
9:15
2:00
4:30
7:15
9:45
12:30
3:00
7:15
9:55
Third
(Mar. 19)
12:00
2:30
5:00
7:30
6:00
8:00
7:00
9:30
Third
(Mar. 20)
12:00
2:30
5:00
6:00
8:00
7:00
9:30
7:30
Sweet 16
(Mar. 24 & 25)
7:00
9:30
7:15
9:55
Elite 8
(Mar. 26)
4:20
6:55
Elite 8
(Mar. 27)
2:10
4:55
Final 4
(Apr. 2)
6:00
8:30
Championship
(Apr. 4)
9:00

CBS receives the same number of "windows," or time slots, for its tournament coverage as in previous years. However, all games will now be nationally - rather than regionally - televised. It is expected that both games from a particular section and site will be shown back-to-back on the same network each day, except for the second session on March 20, which presumably will be split between CBS and TruTV so that CBS can show 60 Minutes at its regular time, or as close to it as possible. CBS also keeps coverage of the Division II final, which is part of the larger contract for this tourney.

Turner Sports will air full-length studio shows before and after each session of play. The pregame show will be called Infiniti NCAA Tip-Off and all shows will be on TruTV. The postgame show, called Inside March Madness presented by Buick, will alternate between TruTV and TBS.[7]

TruTV has also added coverage of the Reese's College All-Star Game. The game had been shown on CBS College Sports Network, which also will no longer show live NCAA tournament contests. (It had two per year from 2007 to 2010.)

Number of games per networkEdit
  • CBS: 26
  • TBS: 16
  • TruTV: 13
  • TNT: 12

RadioEdit

Westwood One will have live broadcasts of all 67 games. They will be available both on terrestrial and satellite radio outlets, on NCAA.com, and on CBSSports.com. The radio contract was extended in January 2011 for multiple tourneys.[8]

Internet/other videoEdit

All games are expected to be streamed at NCAA.com or CBSSports.com, as in the past. However, with the CBS-Turner agreement allowing all games in the tournament to be available on a national basis (see above), Mega March Madness, a DirecTV-only service, has been discontinued.

BracketsEdit

First FourEdit

East
         
16 Texas-San Antonio 70
16 Alabama State 61
East
         
12 UAB 52
12 Clemson 70
Southwest
         
11 USC 46
11 VCU 59
Southeast
         
16 UNC-Asheville 81
16 Arkansas-Little Rock 77

East RegionalEdit

West RegionalEdit

Southwest RegionalEdit

Southeast RegionalEdit

Final FourEdit

  Final Four Championship
                 
4 Kentucky 55  
3 Connecticut 56  
    3 Connecticut 53
  8 Butler 41
11 VCU 62
8 Butler 70  

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External linksEdit

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