|2011 NCAA Men's Division I
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|Finals Site||Reliant Stadium|
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.
|Team||Conference||How Qualified||Last Appearance||# of Appearances|
|Arkansas-Little Rock||Sun Belt||Tournament Winner||1990||4|
|Belmont||Atlantic Sun||Tournament Winner||2008||4|
|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|
|Old Dominion||CAA||Tournament Winner||2010||11|
|Saint Peter's||MAAC||Tournament Winner||1995||3|
|UNC Asheville||Big South||Tournament Winner||2003||2|
For the first time, a total of 68 teams will enter the tournament. 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". 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.
- First Four
- Second and third rounds
- March 17 and 19
- March 18 and 20
- Regional sites
- March 24 and 26
- March 25 and 27
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.
- Greg Anthony (New York)
- Charles Barkley (New York)
- Seth Davis (Atlanta and New York)
- Reggie Miller (New York)
- Kenny Smith (New York)
- Steve Smith (Atlanta)
- Jim Nantz/Clark Kellogg/Steve Kerr/Tracy Wolfson
- Marv Albert/Steve Kerr
- Verne Lundquist/Bill Raftery
- Gus Johnson/Len Elmore
- Kevin Harlan/Reggie Miller/Dan Bonner
- Ian Eagle/Jim Spanarkel
- Tim Brando/Mike Gminski
- Spero Dedes/Bob Wenzel
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.
Round-by-round game schedule
All times Eastern and PM
(Mar. 15 & 16)
(Mar. 17 & 18)
(Mar. 24 & 25)
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.
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 network
- CBS: 26
- TBS: 16
- TruTV: 13
- TNT: 12
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.
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.
- ↑ Associated Press. "NCAA approves tournament expansion to 68 teams". CNNSI.com. http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2010/basketball/ncaa/04/29/ncaa.expansion.ap/index.html?eref=sihp. Retrieved 2010-04-29. Template:Dead link
- ↑ Katz, Andy (July 12, 2010). "Last four at-large to play in first round". ESPN.com. http://sports.espn.go.com/ncb/news/story?id=5374116. Retrieved July 13, 2010.
- ↑ http://ncaa.org/wps/ncaa?key=/ncaa/ncaa/media+and+events/press+room/news+release+archive/2009/championships/20090921+mbb+site+selection+2011-13
- ↑ http://msn.foxsports.com/cbk/story/10107882/2011-NCAA-tournament-information
- ↑ Turner Sports. "CBS, Turner combine talent rosters". NCAA.com. http://www.ncaa.com/news/basketball-men/2011-01-18/cbs-turner-combine-talent-rosters. Retrieved 2011-01-20.
- ↑ CBS, Turner set to televise all NCAA tournament games nationally
- ↑ 2011 NCAA Tournament TV Schedule
- ↑ Westwood One. "Westwood One and the NCAA Announce New Multi-Year Radio Rights Agreement". PR Newswire. http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/westwood-one-and-the-ncaa-announce-new-multi-year-radio-rights-agreement-113458339.html. Retrieved 2011-01-26.
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