A Survival Guide to 2011 NCAA Tournament Changes

That logo is kind of lame isn’t it? Anyway, more important issues are at hand. Everyone is probably aware that there have been a host of changes to the 2011 NCAA Tournament. If you are reading this blog then you probably follow sports, and it would be imperative you are aware of said changes.

Don’t panic. We are going to make you keenly aware of everything you need to know by next week.

Read carefully….


The 68 Team Bracket

What you see above is no more. We have 68 Teams. Now understand this…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 Television Schedule

Listen, EVERY, repeat EVERY game is going to be on TV. When four games are being aired you have a game on.. CBS, TNT, TBS, and TruTV. Yes TruTV. There will be scoreboards on each game so you don’t have to flip like a maniac, but it is going to be tough to manage this.

Games On Internet

If you don’t have one of these guys, you’ll be fine. 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, Mega March Madness, a DirecTV-only service, has been discontinued.

Charles Barkley and The TNT Crew Will Be Analyzing

This could be interesting, but if you’re a fan, the TNT crew will be analyzing games. I’m curious to see if Charles changes his approach with amateurs.

Final Schedule and Sites

* March 13 – 2011 NCAA Tournament Selection Sunday
* March 15 & 16 – First Four/Play-in game(s) @ University of Dayton Arena, Dayton, OH
* March 17 & 19 – First & Second round games
o McKale Center, Tucson, Arizona (Host: University of Arizona)
o Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado (Host: Mountain West Conference)
o St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa, Florida (Host: University of South Florida)
o Verizon Center, Washington, D.C. (Host: Georgetown University)
* March 18 & 20 – First & Second round games
o BOK Center, Tulsa, Oklahoma (Host: University of Tulsa)
o Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio (Host: Cleveland State University)
o Time Warner Cable Arena, Charlotte, North Carolina (Host: University of North Carolina at Charlotte)
o United Center, Chicago, Illinois (Host: Big Ten Conference)
* March 24 & 26 – Sweet 16 & Elite 8
o WEST REGIONAL: Honda Center, Anaheim, California (Host: Big West Conference)
o SOUTHEAST REGIONAL: Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana (Host: Tulane University)
* March 25 & 27 – Sweet 16 & Elite 8
o SOUTHWEST REGIONAL: Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas (Host: University of Texas at San Antonio)
o EAST REGIONAL: Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey (Host: Seton Hall University)
* April 2 & 4 – Final Four
o Reliant Stadium, Houston, TX – co-hosted by Rice University and the University of Houston


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2 thoughts on “A Survival Guide to 2011 NCAA Tournament Changes

  1. It’s the same as it’s always been, the only difference is instead of two “play-in” games, where their winners then play the #1 seeds, there are now 4.

    Also from what I understand, the times of the games is also the same as it’s always been (i.e they stagger the tip-offs of the early round games by about 10-15 minutes so they will finish in a similar fashion). the only difference is more stations carrying games.

    Having the TNT crew analyzing is awesome! As long as they don’t do away with Digger, Bobby, and Dick.

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