NCAA Tournament Bracket Announced; Ohio State Leads Field Of 68 As Top Overall Seed

The Ohio State Buckeyes took the 2011 NCAA Tournament's overall No. 1 seed, with Duke, Pitt, and Kansas getting the other top spots. See the entire printable 2011 NCAA Tournament bracket here.

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NCAA Tournament 2011 Schedule: TV Channels, Announcers And Times Announced For First And Second Round

The 2011 NCAA Tournament field is set. And now so are the channels, times and announcers that will be calling each game of March Madness. Get ready to watch more truTV than you've watched in a really long time.

Times for Third Round games will be announced after the conclusion of each day’s games. And remember, fans will also be able to access the games through NCAA March Madness on Demand.



6:40, truTV, Dayton -- UNC Asheville vs. UALR (Jim Nantz/Clark Kellogg/Steve Kerr)

9:10, truTV, Dayton -- UAB vs. Clemson (Jim Nantz/Clark Kellogg/Steve Kerr)


6:40, truTV, Dayton -- UTSA vs. Alabama St. (Gus Johnson/Len Elmore)

9:10, truTV, Dayton -- Southern California vs. VCU  (Gus Johnson/Len Elmore)


THURSDAY AFTERNOON, MARCH 17 (12:00 Noon-5:00 , ET)  

12:15, CBS, Tampa -- West Virginia vs. UAB/Clemson (Ian Eagle/Jim Spanarkel)

12:40, truTV, Wash. D.C. -- Butler vs. Old Dominion (Tim Brando/Mike Gminski)

1:40, TBS, Denver--I Louisville vs. Morehead St. (Verne Lundquist/Bill Raftery)

2:10, TNT, Tucson -- Temple vs. Penn St. (Kevin Harlan/Reggie Miller/Dan Bonner)

2:45, CBS, Tampa -- Kentucky vs. Princeton (Ian Eagle/Jim Spanarkel)

3:10, truTV, Wash. D.C. -- Pittsburgh vs. Asheville/Ark-LR (Tim Brando/Mike Gminski)

4:10, TBS, Denver -- Vanderbilt vs. Richmond (Verne Lundquist/Bill Raftery)

4:40, TNT, Tucson -- San Diego St. vs. Northern Colorado (Kevin Harlan/Reggie Miller/Dan Bonner)


6:50, TBS, Tampa -- Florida vs. UC Santa Barbara (Ian Eagle/Jim Spanarkel)

7:15, CBS, Denver -- BYU vs. Wofford (Verne Lundquist/Bill Raftery) 

7:20, TNT, Wash D.C. -- Connecticut vs. Bucknell (Tim Brando/Mike Gminski)

7:27, truTV, Tucson -- Wisconsin vs. Belmont (Kevin Harlan/Reggie Miller/Dan Bonner)

9:20, TBS, Tampa -- UCLA vs. Michigan St. (Ian Eagle/Jim Spanarkel)

9:45, CBS, Denver -- St. John’s vs. Gonzaga (Verne Lundquist/Bill Raftery) 

9:45, TNT, Wash. D.C. -- Cincinnati vs. Missouri (Tim Brando/Mike Gminski)

9:57, truTV, Tucson -- Kansas St. vs. Utah St. (Kevin Harlan/Reggie Miller/Dan Bonner)

FRIDAY AFTERNOON, MARCH 18 (12:00 Noon-5:00 , ET)   

12:15, CBS, Tulsa -- Texas vs. Oakland (Marv Albert/Steve Kerr)

12:40, truTV, Charlotte -- Michigan vs. Tennessee (Nantz/Kellogg)

1:40, TBS, Chicago -- Notre Dame vs. Akron (Spero Dedes/Bob Wenzel)

2:10, TNT, Cleveland -- George Mason vs. Villanova (Gus Johnson/Len Elmore)

2:45, CBS, Tulsa -- Arizona vs. Memphis (Albert/Kerr)

3:10, truTV, Charlotte -- Duke vs. Hampton (Nantz/Kellogg)

4:10, TBS, Chicago -- Texas A&M vs. Florida St. (Dedes/Wenzel)

4:40, TNT, Cleveland -- Ohio St. vs. UTSA/Alabama St. (Johnson/Elmore)

FRIDAY EVENING, MARCH 18 (6:30 -12:00 AM, ET)  

6:50, TBS, Tulsa -- Kansas vs. Boston U. (Marv Albert/Steve Kerr)

7:15, CBS, Charlotte -- North Carolina vs. Long Island (Jim Nantz/Clark Kellogg)

7:20, TNT, Chicago -- Purdue vs. St. Peter’s (Spero Dedes/Bob Wenzel)

7:27, truTV, Cleveland --   Xavier vs. Marquette (Gus Johnson/Len Elmore)

9:20, TBS, Tulsa -- UNLV vs. Illinois (Marv Albert/Steve Kerr)

9:45, CBS, Charlotte -- Washington vs. Georgia (Jim Nantz/Clark Kellogg)

9:50, TNT, Chicago -- Georgetown vs. Southern California/VCU (Spero Dedes/Bob Wenzel)

9:57, truTV, Cleveland -- Syracuse vs. Indiana St. (Gus Johnson/Len Elmore)


Selection Sunday 2011: Surprises And Snubs Abound Among Bubble Teams

SB Nation's final 2011 NCAA Tournament bracketology, from Chris Dobbertean of our bracketology blog Blogging the Bracket, was not as right as he would like: Dobbertean missed three teams from March Madness' 2011 bracket — UAB, Clemson, as you can see in our printable NCAA 2011 bracket. But did the Selection Committee do a good job of picking and leaving out bubble teams for this year's edition of March Madness?

Who's In?

Clemson and UAB were both big surprises, each earning No. 12 seeds and a date in the First Four in Dayton on Tuesday. It's likely that the Selection Committee saw the Blazers' 12-4 record in Conference USA and decided to reward it, but their best win this season was probably over VCU. (And VCU was questionable to get in its own right, and only got a No. 11 seed!) Clemson, on the other hand, played mediocre ball in the ACC, and did little to distinguish itself.

Who's Out?

Colorado is by far the biggest snub of the 2011 NCAA Tournament. The Buffaloes took down Texas and beat No. 5 seed Kansas State three times, but early-season struggles likely torpedoed their at-large chances.

Further down the list, Virginia Tech's win over Duke turned out to be not enough to get Seth Greenberg's squad off the bubble once and for all, Boston College's lackluster resume did the Eagles no favors, and Alabama's SEC West championship meant very little.

And then there are mid-major darlings St. Mary's and Harvard, teams that lost games that would have gotten them March Madness dance tickets and couldn't have done that much more in conference. But bad losses — St. Mary's to San Diego, Harvard's to Yale — probably made those potential Cinderellas' slippers less shiny.


Selection Sunday 2011: NCAA Tournament Field Set For Another Year Of March Madness

Here is your 2011 NCAA Tournament field. We'll have all sorts of links — including to a printable NCAA 2011 bracket, team capsule previews, and game previews — as Selection Sunday turns from prognostication via bracketology to predictions for filling out your bracket.

East Region

1 Ohio State vs. 16 UTSA/16 Alabama State
8 George Mason vs. 9 Villanova
5 West Virginia vs. 12 UAB/Clemson
4 Kentucky vs. 13 Princeton
6 Xavier vs. 11 Marquette
3 Syracuse vs. 14 Indiana State
7 Washington vs. 10 Georgia
2 North Carolina vs. 15 Long Island

West Region

1 Duke vs. 16 Hampton
8 Michigan vs. 9 Tennessee
5 Arizona vs. 12 Memphis
4 Texas vs. 13 Oakland
6 Cincinnati vs. 11 Missouri
3 Connecticut vs. 14 Bucknell
7 Temple vs. 10 Penn State
2 San Diego State vs. 15 Northern Colorado

Southwest Region

1 Kansas vs. 16 Boston
8 UNLV vs. 9 Illinois
5 Vanderbilt vs. 12 Richmond
4 Louisville vs. 13 Morehead State
6 Georgetown vs. 11 Southern Cal/Virginia Commonwealth
3 Purdue vs. 14 Saint Peter's
7 Texas A&M vs. 10 Florida State
2 Notre Dame vs. 15 Akron

Southeast Region

1 Pittsburgh vs. 16 UNC-Asheville/Arkansas-Little Rock
8 Butler vs. 9 Old Dominion
5 Kansas State vs. 12 Utah State
4 Wisconsin vs. 13 Belmont
6 St. John's vs. 11 Gonzaga
3 BYU vs. 14 Indiana State
7 UCLA vs. 10 Michigan State
2 Florida vs. 15 UC Santa Barbara


Selection Sunday 2011: Richmond's Win Has Bubble Teams Like Virginia Tech Breathing Easier

It might not seem like much on its face, but Richmond's 67-54 victory over Dayton that gave the Spiders the Atlantic 10's automatic NCAA Tournament berth is the most consequential result of Selection Sunday so far.

That's because while the Spiders had compiled a resume worthy of an at-large NCAA Tournament selection, Dayton had decidedly not. And with the win, Richmond prevented Dayton from sneaking into the 2011 NCAA Tournament as a bid thief and preserved one more at-large spot for a mid-level BCS league team like Virginia Tech or USC.

Specifically, Chris Dobbertean's most recent NCAA Tournament bracketology has Virginia Tech as the last team in. Had Richmond been felled today, it's likely that Seth Greenberg's often star-crossed Hokies would have been relegated to the NIT once more.

For Richmond itself, though, the win is more about confirming previously held suspicions than making a statement. Dobbertean projected the Spiders as a No. 11 seed in the West entering today's play, and it's unlikely that their win boosts them to the No. 10 line.


Selection Sunday 2011: Ohio State, Kansas, Duke Likely To Earn No. 1 Seeds In 2011 NCAA Tournament

As we get closer to the 2011 Selection Sunday show and the unveiling of the 2011 NCAA Tournament bracket, we can probably guess the four No. 1 seeds with a good degree of certainty.

Ohio State and Kansas are almost sure to keep their No. 1 seeds, with the only question being which one takes the No. 1 overall seed. Kansas stated its case with a blowout win over Texas in the Big 12 Championship Game, while Ohio State is unlikely to budge much because the Big 10 Championship Game will end late. As of right now, Ohio State probably has the edge in that race.

Duke has also probably clinched a No. 1 seed after its 75-58 win over North Carolina in the ACC Championship Game. The winner of that game was probably going to earn a No. 1 seed, and that will almost certainly be the case with Duke winning so emphatically.

The only slight question, then, is with the fourth No. 1 seed. It would probably be an upset if anyone other than Pittsburgh earned it, especially given that Pittsburgh won the Big East regular-season championship. But Pittsburgh did lose in the quarterfinals of the Big East Tournament, which does open the door a bit. It's possible San Diego State, fresh off winning the Mountain West Championship Game over Jimmer Fredette and BYU, sneaks into a top seed.

That's probably unlikely, though. It looks like, for once, there may not be a huge debate over the four No. 1 seeds.     


Selection Sunday 2011: Dayton Could Steal NCAA Tournament Bid From Bubble Teams

Even with the 2010-11 season's historically weak bubble, there are a number of teams — Virginia Tech, USC, Georgia — that are right at the edge of the NCAA Tournament field. Those teams would all do well to watch the Atlantic 10 Championship today, because Dayton's coming for its spot.

If Dayton can top Richmond in the Atlantic 10 Tournament final, the Flyers, who finished ninth in the Atlantic 10, will earn an automatic berth that is likely to shrink the bubble by one team. Our Chris Dobbertean has Virginia Tech as the last team in the field right now, so it follows that a Dayton win is bad news for the Hokies.

But, just to be sure, USC and Georgia fans should join the Hokie faithful in adopting a Spiders allegiance today.

Be sure to check back with our Selection Sunday StoryStream throughout the day for more as it becomes available. As the bracket is revealed, check back with SB Nation for all your NCAA Tournament needs.


Selection Sunday 2011 Show: Time, TV Information, Bracket Projections And More

It's Christmas in March for college basketball fans and Selection Sunday is akin to Christmas morning. For the 37 teams that will receive at-large bigs into the tournament, the NCAA Selection Show brings joy and jubilation. Bubble teams are sweating, teams with automatic bids are awaiting their seeding and fans everywhere are ready to book travel plans for the first-round action.

Here's how it all works.

Automatic bids: 31 teams will automatically be granted entry into the NCAA Tournament. They include conference tournament winners and regular season champions, such as Princeton, depending on how conferences with automatic bid status award them. A full list of teams that have obtained an auto-bid can be found here.

At-large bids: The other 37 teams come from the at-large pool, chosen by the NCAA Tournament selection committee. Using a tried-and-true process, the committee is sequestered in a hotel, living and breathing basketball while working to decide the best of the rest. The final few teams are called bubble teams, sitting on the bubble between the NCAA Tournament and NIT.

Projections: Wondering if your favorite team is in, out or on the bubble? Check out our latest bracketology to find out. Chris Dobbertean projects all 68 bids while taking a stab at each team's seeding.

To get more of a head start on Selection Sunday, be sure to stop by SB Nation's Blogging the Bracket.

As for the selection show itself, here's the relevant information.

Time: The selection show gets underway at 6 p.m. Eastern. The bracket will be revealed piece-by-piece, with the No. 1 seeds typically unveiled first, followed by each region individually. Expect plenty of commercial breaks in-between.

TV information: CBS has the exclusive broadcasting rights and will unveil the bracket beginning at 6 p.m. Eastern.

Be sure to check back with our Selection Sunday StoryStream throughout the day for more as it becomes available. As the bracket is revealed, check back with SB Nation for all your NCAA Tournament needs.

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