Final Four Schedule Set For Saturday With VCU-Butler At 6:09 ET Followed By Kentucky-UConn

The first ever Final Four without a No. 1 or No. 2 seed is set: No. 3 UConn will meet No. 4 Kentucky, while No. 8 Butler will do battle with No. 11 VCU.

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Final Four 2011 Game Times, Schedule, Location, Announcers, And More

The 2011 NCAA Tournament will conclude next weekend, as the Final Four begins on Saturday and concludes with Monday's NCAA championship game. Mid-majors VCU and Butler will play in the first game of the Final Four schedule Saturday at 6:09 p.m., with established powers Kentucky and Connecticut following them at 8:49 p.m. The games will be broadcast on CBS.

Reliant Stadium in Houston will be the venue for the Final Four. Normally the home of the Houston Texans, Reliant Stadium has never hosted a Final Four game. The stadium will hold 76,000 people for the games, making this the largest venue in Final Four history.

As far as the announcers, Jim Nantz and Clark Kellogg will be joined by a third man in the booth for the first time ever. Steve Kerr, who has been working with Marv Albert in the first few rounds of the NCAA Tournament, will join Nantz and Kellogg for game analysis, as part as CBS' new partnership with Turner Sports. Tracy Wolfson, who has worked with Nantz and Kellogg throughout the NCAA Tournament, will do so again as the sideline reporter.

Here is the complete schedule:

Final Four Game Times, Houston

No. 11 VCU vs. No. 8 Butler, 6:09 p.m., CBS (Nantz/Kellogg/Kerr/Wolfson)

No. 4 Kentucky vs. No. 3 UConn, 8:49 p.m., CBS (Nantz/Kellogg/Kerr/Wolfson)

April 4

National Championship, 9 p.m., CBS (Nantz/Kellogg/Kerr/Wolfson)

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Final Four Schedule Pairs VCU Vs. Butler, Kentucky Vs. UConn For Title Shots

Three games remain in the 2011 NCAA Tournament, with the Final Four beginning next weekend in Houston. Upstarts VCU and Butler face off for a chance at an established power, as UConn and Kentucky are set to make up the other end of the bracket.

Kentucky shot well against UNC early on, then made enough big shots down the stretch to hang on for their first Final Four trip since the Tubby Smith era. This is Butler's second-straight Final Four, VCU's first-ever, and UConn's third in the past eight years.

VCU-Butler is the early game, which makes sense, though both should be great and interesting games. Which mid-major will end up with the most memorable postseason? Whichever team does will draw a power conference champion that has gotten hot after putting together an underachieving regular season.

Updated 2011 Final Four bracket and TV schedule (all times ET):

April 2

Final Four, Houston

No. 11 VCU vs. No. 8 Butler, 6:09 p.m. on CBS

No. 4 Kentucky vs. No. 3 UConn, 8:49 p.m. on CBS

April 4

National Championship, 9 p.m. on CBS

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Final Four Schedule: VCU Joins UConn, Butler In Houston

The No. 11 VCU Rams, champions of the 2011 NCAA Tournament's Southwest region, will advance to face No. 8 Butler after topping No. 1 Kansas in one of March Madness' all-time great upsets. VCU stormed out to a huge early lead before Kansas started to close in the second half, but held on to win, 71-61.

VCU vs. Butler will be a battle of Cinderallas the likes of which have been unseen since Cinderella II: The Clone Wars. Though it's hard to think of either of these teams as underdogs at this point, with Butler making its second-straight Final four and VCU having already taken down five tournament favorites in a row just to make it this far. 

With one game (No. 2 North Carolina vs. No. 4 Kentucky) left to play, here's the updated 2011 Final Four schedule. We don't know game times yet, but you'll have to assume VCU-Butler will be the first.

April 2

Final Four, Houston
Kentucky/UNC vs. No. 3 UConn on CBS
No. 11 VCU vs. No. 8 Butler on CBS

April 4

National Championship, 9 p.m. on CBS

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Elite Eight Schedule 2011: Final Two Teams Battle For Final Four Spots On Sunday

Butler and UConn have booked tickets to the 2011 Final Four, but we still have two more games to go to fill out the rest of the bracket ahead of the April 2 NCAA Tournament National Semifinals. On Sunday, four teams hit the floor in the final two games of the Elite Eight with the chance to realize a dream and make it to the Final Four on the line.

It's Cinderella versus the last No. 1 seed standing in the first matchup as Kansas takes on VCU at 2 p.m. in San Antonio. In the late matchup, at 4:55 p.m., it's all about talent as Kentucky and North Carolina hit the floor. Between the two teams, there's a plethora of NBA talent and each coach employs a style pleasing to the eye.

Here's a full schedule for Sunday's games. Be sure to grab a printable bracket to get caught up with all the latest March Madness results.

Sunday, March 27

Southwest Region final, San Antonio:
No. 1 Kansas vs. No. 11 VCU, 2 p.m. ET

East Region final, Newark:
No. 4 Kentucky vs. No. 2 UNC, 4:55 p.m. ET

As a reminder, the Final Four bracket looks like this. Times have not been set, but will be released by CBS shortly after Sunday's games conclude.

April 2

Final Four, Houston
Kentucky/UNC vs. No. 3 UConn
Kansas/VCU vs. No. 8 Butler

April 4

National Championship, 9 p.m. on CBS

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Elite Eight 2011 Schedule: NCAA Tournament Bracket Regional Finals Begin Saturday Evening

Following the last four Sweet 16 games of the 2011 NCAA Tournament on Friday night, we now have the complete Elite Eight schedule set for the regional finals. March Madness continues with two games Saturday evening, beginning at 4:20 p.m. ET with Butler taking on Florida, and then two games on Sunday, which tip-off at 2 p.m. ET with Kansas vs. VCU. All of the games will be broadcast on national TV via CBS.

Here’s the complete Elite Eight 2011 schedule:

Saturday

Southeast Region final, New Orleans:
No. 2 Florida vs. No. 8 Butler at 4:20 p.m. ET

West Region final, Anaheim:
No. 3 UConn vs. No. 5 Arizona, 6:55 p.m. ET

Sunday

Southwest Region final, San Antonio:
No. 1 Kansas vs. No. 11 VCU, 2 p.m. ET

East Region final, Newark:
No. 4 Kentucky vs. No. 2 UNC, 4:55 p.m. ET

It should also be noted that Gus Johnson is doing the Butler-Florida game. This is always critical basketball viewing information.

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Sweet 16 Locations: Remaining NCAA Tournament Teams Head To Regional Final Venues

The NCAA Tournament bracket is down to the Sweet 16, which means it’s once again time for the remaining teams to hit the road and travel to their next basketball venue. This will be the final stop for the schools left, until the trip to Houston for the Final Four squads.

The full Sweet 16 bracket schedule is here, and below are the locations for the games, and which teams are playing where:

THURSDAY

West Region, Honda Center, Anaheim, California
San Diego State vs. UConn
Duke vs. Arizona

Southeast, New Orleans Arena, New Orleans, Louisiana
Butler vs. Wisconsin
Florida vs. BYU

FRIDAY

Southwest Region, Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas
Kansas vs. Richmond
Florida State vs. VCU

East Region, Prudential Center, Newark, NJ
Ohio State vs. Kentucky
North Carolina vs. Marquette

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Sweet 16 Bracket: Game Times, Schedule, TV Information For Thursday, Friday Action

Shortly after Florida State finished dismantling Notre Dame in the 2011 NCAA Tournament on Sunday night, the game times and announcer pairings for the Sweet 16 matchups were announced. It's a two network show this time around as TNT and truTV have been dropped from the TV rotation, leaving just CBS and TBS to broadcast the bracket's next eight games spread between Thursday and Friday. Sweet 16 games will begin at 7:15 p.m. on both days, with the second set of games scheduled to tip-off at around 9:45 p.m.

The four announcer pairings are no surprise as CBS' three typical teams will be joined by Marv Albert, Steve Kerr and Craig Sager. Gus Johnson is headed to New Orleans to call Florida vs. BYU and Wisconsin vs. Butler, but there's a problem. Reggie Miller will be making the trip along with Johnson and Len Elmore, leaving many Gus fans in an uproar.

The full schedule and announcer pairings can be found below

Thursday, March 24

7:15 p.m, CBS: San Diego State Aztecs vs. Connecticut Huskies Lundquist/Raftery/Visser

7:27 p.m., TBS: Florida vs. BYU Cougars Johnson/Elmore/Miller/Snider

9:45 p.m., CBS: Duke Blue Devils vs. Arizona Wildcats Lundquist/Raftery/Visser

9:57 p.m. TBS: Wisconsin Badgers vs. Butler Bulldogs Johnson/Elmore/Miller

Friday, March 25

7:15 p.m. CBS: North Carolina Tar Heels vs. Marquette Golden Eagles Nantz/Kellogg//Wolfson

7:27 p.m., TBS: Kansas Jayhawks vs. Richmond Spiders Albert/Kerr//Sager

9:45 p.m., CBS: Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Kentucky Wildcats Nantz/Kellogg//Wolfson

9:57 p.m., TBS: Florida State Seminoles vs. VCU Rams Albert/Kerr//Sager

Visit our our NCAA hoops hub for the rest of your March Madness needs, including a 2011 NCAA Tournament Printable Bracket that's updated after each round.

Other March Madness resources:

-- 2011 NIT bracket

-- 2011 Women's NCAA Tournament bracket

-- 2011 CBI bracket

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NCAA Tournament Schedule 2011: Duke, UConn, BYU Among Sweet Sixteen Teams In Action Thursday

While we don't yet have TV times and channels for the four 2011 NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen games to be played on Thursday, we do know which eight teams will be in action after Arizona's late victory against Texas. UConn's Kemba Walker, BYU's Jimmer Fredette, and Duke stars Nolan Smith and Kyrie Irving will be in action, making this possibly the most star-packed day of college basketball this season. 

Especially once you recall the many gangly caucasians participating in Butler-Wisconsin! March Madness. Can't miss it.

If the scheduling folks still want to try and deliver staggered game start times, we can expect action to begin early in the evening. Here are the four matchups you can look forward to seeing on Thursday night:

Southeast Region, New Orleans

No. 8 Butler Bulldogs vs. No. 4 Wisconsin Badgers

No. 3 BYU Cougars vs. No. 2 Florida Gators

West Region, Anaheim

No. 2 San Diego St. Aztecs vs. No. 3 Connecticut Huskies

No. 1 Duke Blue Devils vs. No. 5 Arizona Wildcats

Visit our our NCAA hoops hub for the rest of your March Madness needs, including a 2011 NCAA Tournament Printable Bracket that's updated after each round. 

Other March Madness resources:

-- 2011 NIT bracket

-- 2011 Women's NCAA Tournament bracket

-- 2011 CBI bracket

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