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evildeadjedi
07-12-2010, 12:33 PM
http://www.ncaa.com/sports/m-baskbl/spec-rel/071210aaa.html

- "First Four" comprised of four first-round games to tip off the Road to HoustonTM, to be broadcast nationally on Turner's truTV as part of the new NCAA-Turner/CBS broadcast agreement
- Two first-round games to feature showdowns between teams playing for two of the No. 16 seeds
- Two first-round games to feature the last four of the 37 at-large teams selected to the tournament
- First time in tournament history that the last at-large team will be revealed

INDIANAPOLIS --- The Division I Men.s Basketball Committee today announced plans for the 2011 NCAA "First Four" to showcase the expanded field for the NCAA Division I Men.s Basketball Championship.

The 2011 championship will tip off with four first-round games, all broadcast nationally in primetime on Turner Broadcasting's truTV. The four games will highlight the start of the Road to Houston as part of NCAA's new 14-year partnership with Turner Broadcasting and CBS Sports.

The expansion to eight teams will constitute the first round of the championship, with the second- and third-rounds played to round out of the first week of play. Two of the first-round games will feature the last four at-large teams selected to the championship field, while the other two games will match teams ranked 65 through 68 on the overall seed list. The winners of the four games will advance to the second round.

In April, the committee was charged by the Division I Board of Directors to determine the new 68-team format for the championship. Since that time, the committee actively solicited input from the NCAA membership. During its annual meeting, the committee reviewed and analyzed options, considering the benefits of each.

When the Mountain West Conference was created in 1999, NCAA membership chose to add a 65th team to the tournament, creating a single opening-round game starting in 2001. Going to 68 teams in 2011 allows for all four regions of the championship to be balanced in size, with 31 conference automatic qualifiers and 37 at-large selections -- four more than the traditional 64-team configuration.

"With the new bracket essentially featuring four additional at-large teams, the committee determined it was appropriate to have the teams play in the first round," said Dan Guerrero, the director of athletics at UCLA and chair of the committee for the 2009-10 academic year. "We believe this format provides an extraordinary opportunity for the championship.s first-round games to be quality match-ups as March Madness begins."

The two at-large pairings will both occupy the seed line where they would normally be placed in the bracket. The pairings could occupy different lines in the bracket. For example, one game may be played between two No. 10 seeds, while the other could feature a pair of No. 12 seeds. Winners of those games would advance to play their natural opponent on a 64-team bracket; the No. 10 seed would play a seventh-seeded team and a 12th-seeded team would meet a No. 5 seed. In accordance with the bracketing procedures, teams will continue to be assigned to the closest available geographic location while avoiding regular-season rematches and conference opponents. This marks the first time in tournament history that the last four at-large teams will be publicly revealed.

The winners of the two first-round games involving teams seeded 65 through 68 will advance to second-round play against number one-seeded teams.

The 2010 Selection, Seeding and Bracketing Principles and Procedures are available at www.ncaa.com/finalfour. The 2011 Principles and Procedures will be available in August.

The schedule and location of the 2011 First Four games will be announced in the coming weeks. "We will examine all options moving forward, and that includes playing the first-round games at one site on one date, at multiple sites on multiple dates, or any combination therein," Guerrero said.

"With all 67 games being broadcast nationally live across the Turner and CBS networks and a variety of other platforms, this is an exciting time for the growth of the championship," said Guerrero. "From the First Four to the Final Four, the tournament has a history of successful expansion and format evolution, and we're excited about what will be the latest transformation of one of the world.s great sporting events."

All 68 teams earn full units from the NCAA Basketball distribution fund based upon participation and wins leading to the Final Four. For more details on the NCAA.s Revenue Distribution Plan, go to www.ncaa.org.

Second- and third-round sites for the 2011 championship will be played Thursday-Sunday, March 17-20 in Charlotte, Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, Tampa, Tucson, Tulsa and Washington D.C. Regionals will take place March 24-27 in Anaheim, Newark, New Orleans and San Antonio, while the 73rd Final Four will be held in Houston April 2 and 4. Host cities for the second- and third-rounds and regionals have been determined for the 2012 and '13 championships, while Final Four cities have been selected through 2016.

In 1980, the NCAA expanded the field from 40 to 48, with an equal split of automatic and at-large bids. One year later, it became NCAA policy that no more than 50 percent of tournament berths be filled by automatic qualifiers.

In 1983, the number of conferences eligible for automatic entry passed the 50 percent mark, so the conference champions of the eight lowest-rated conferences had to play in opening-round games that determined the No. 12 seeds in the 48-team field. The next year, the championship featured five opening-round games, with one winner slotting in at a No. 11 seed and the other four occupying the No. 12 seeds. The championship field expanded to 64 in 1985, eliminating the need for opening round games until the 65th team was added in 2001.

mankvill
07-12-2010, 01:10 PM
uh what

i dunno what that means, but KU gon' win :D

JLRedWing13
07-12-2010, 06:15 PM
I'm glad this is the only expansion they're doing.

DethMaiden
07-12-2010, 06:53 PM
Great, more teams that can't win/don't deserve to be there.

32 teams would be best but there's way too much money in expanding it.

ChildrenofSodom
07-12-2010, 06:59 PM
Great, more teams that can't win/don't deserve to be there.

32 teams would be best but there's way too much money in expanding it.

They're considering Dayton to host the first round. :party::party::party:

JLRedWing13
07-12-2010, 07:08 PM
Four more teams isn't a lot compared to what they could have done....they could have blown up the whole thing and made the regular season meaningless. So I am happy.

evildeadjedi
07-13-2010, 01:57 PM
Four more teams isn't a lot compared to what they could have done....they could have blown up the whole thing and made the regular season meaningless. So I am happy.

The regular season is somewhat meaningless but, would be even more if a bunch of teams were added.

powerslave_85
07-13-2010, 02:17 PM
Anything that helps Arizona start a new 25 year tournament streak is okay with me :D

JLRedWing13
07-13-2010, 03:24 PM
The regular season is somewhat meaningless but, would be even more if a bunch of teams were added.
Not really, the regular season is incredibly exciting. There's always good drama.

evildeadjedi
07-13-2010, 03:34 PM
Not really, the regular season is incredibly exciting. There's always good drama.

There are some games but, the fact teams can lose so many games and still make the tourney makes it somewhat meaningless. Every week in college basketball doesn't matter. It's a double edged sword in that it makes the regular season meaningless but, allows more fans to pay attention since once the tourney starts pretty much everyone has a shot.

JLRedWing13
07-13-2010, 03:38 PM
There are some games but, the fact teams can lose so many games and still make the tourney makes it somewhat meaningless. Every week in college basketball doesn't matter. It's a double edged sword in that it makes the regular season meaningless but, allows more fans to pay attention since once the tourney starts pretty much everyone has a shot.
Every game does count, though. If you're on the bubble and you've lost to a couple of mediocre teams, you're probably staying home. It was quite an exciting season in 2008-09 with my team on the bubble all year, and ultimately making it in. :D

evildeadjedi
07-13-2010, 03:41 PM
Every game does count, though. If you're on the bubble and you've lost to a couple of mediocre teams, you're probably staying home. It was quite an exciting season in 2008-09 with my team on the bubble all year, and ultimately making it in. :D

If every game truly counted, then the team couldn't have lost to a couple mediocre teams and still made the tourney.

JLRedWing13
07-13-2010, 03:48 PM
If every game truly counted, then the team couldn't have lost to a couple mediocre teams and still made the tourney.
A lot of teams don't, that's what I'm saying lol. It can't be like college football, there are too many games. Teams will lose. I think the system is pretty exciting...unlike the BCS. :bouville:

evildeadjedi
07-13-2010, 03:54 PM
A lot of teams don't, that's what I'm saying lol. It can't be like college football, there are too many games. Teams will lose. I think the system is pretty exciting...unlike the BCS. :bouville:

Right, so this is why the regular season is somewhat meaningless. Just look at the ratings that regular season College Basketball does compared to March Madness. I'm completely the opposite I think College Football is great, though it would be nice if there was at least one more game some years or a small playoff like the NFL.

JLRedWing13
07-13-2010, 03:57 PM
Right, so this is why the regular season is somewhat meaningless. Just look at the ratings that regular season College Basketball does compared to March Madness. I'm completely the opposite I think College Football is great, though it would be nice if there was at least one more game some years.
I love college football more than any other sport besides hockey, but I hate the BCS like crazy. I would never say college basketball is better than college football, I'm just saying the system they have is much closer to perfect.

JLRedWing13
07-13-2010, 03:59 PM
By the way.....are you a Buckeye? :eyes:

evildeadjedi
07-13-2010, 04:12 PM
I love college football more than any other sport besides hockey, but I hate the BCS like crazy. I would never say college basketball is better than college football, I'm just saying the system they have is much closer to perfect.

I definitely like the tourney for College Basketball. The BCS has it's good and bad moments. Every game counts and if you lose one typically you kiss your chances of a title good bye. Good when there are no disputes on the BCS bowl games. Bad when there are multiple teams that go undefeated it can be a huge mess.

By the way.....are you a Buckeye? :eyes:

Yes sir, I bleed Scarlet and Grey O! H! I! O!

JLRedWing13
07-13-2010, 05:34 PM
I definitely like the tourney for College Basketball. The BCS has it's good and bad moments. Every game counts and if you lose one typically you kiss your chances of a title good bye. Good when there are no disputes on the BCS bowl games. Bad when there are multiple teams that go undefeated it can be a huge mess.



Yes sir, I bleed Scarlet and Grey O! H! I! O!
I agree with the first part. They got VERY lucky last year, even though I think some of the BCS bowl matchups were ill-advised.

The second part.....I thought so lol.

NecroRob
07-13-2010, 06:41 PM
Thank god this is all they did. I've never understood the thought behind expanding the tourney to a huge amount of teams, except for money of course (which still doesn't really explain why some coaches still want it to happen). The NCAA basketball tournament is one of the greatest events in sports for a reason, don't fuckin ruin please.

That being said, I can't wait for college football season :party:

ChildrenofSodom
07-13-2010, 07:50 PM
Yes sir, I bleed Scarlet and Grey O! H! I! O!

Wait...do you go to Ohio State?

evildeadjedi
07-14-2010, 12:53 PM
I agree with the first part. They got VERY lucky last year, even though I think some of the BCS bowl matchups were ill-advised.

The second part.....I thought so lol.

Last year was good since Bama and Texas were undefeated. However, I didn't like Cincy vs Florida and TCU vs Boise State (especially since they played the previous year in the Pointsetta Bowl) . I would have rather seen Cincy vs Boise State and TCU vs Florida!

Wait...do you go to Ohio State?

I went for a semester but had to quit school for personal/financial reasons. Currently, I'm attending CSCC and then plan to transfer to OSU for my Bachelor's.

ChildrenofSodom
07-14-2010, 01:04 PM
I went for a semester but had to quit school for personal/financial reasons. Currently, I'm attending CSCC and then plan to transfer to OSU for my Bachelor's.

Shit bro, I'm starting my second year in September. We should hang some time.

evildeadjedi
07-14-2010, 01:08 PM
Shit bro, I'm starting my second year in September. We should hang some time.

That would be cool, are you still having problems with your laptop? Planning on going to American Carnage at The LC in October?

ChildrenofSodom
07-14-2010, 01:20 PM
That would be cool, are you still having problems with your laptop? Planning on going to American Carnage at The LC in October?

I am going to clean install Windows 7 probably next week. And I haven't decided if I'm going to American Carnage. Depends on how much money I have.

evildeadjedi
07-14-2010, 01:41 PM
I am going to clean install Windows 7 probably next week. And I haven't decided if I'm going to American Carnage. Depends on how much money I have.

I'm guessing it had 7 before and has gotten bogged down?

I know how that is I'm missing Maiden Thursday because money I thought I had didn't materialize. :(

JLRedWing13
07-14-2010, 04:51 PM
Last year was good since Bama and Texas were undefeated. However, I didn't like Cincy vs Florida and TCU vs Boise State (especially since they played the previous year in the Pointsetta Bowl) . I would have rather seen Cincy vs Boise State and TCU vs Florida!
Heh, I have found common ground with a Buckeye.