The number of teams to participate in the NCAA March Madness jumps from 64 to 68. Usually the teams vying for the top spot are around 65, it seems that there has been a slight change this year.

Since the tournament expanded to 68 teams, the final four at-large teams and the final four automatic qualifiers will then play in the “First Four” round in order to move forward into the traditional 64-team bracket. Back when the teams are only 65, the 65th and 64th team would be the first to battle it out for the 64th place, it all depends on the seeded teams to begin with.

Additionally the round after the “First Four” is now officially called the “second round” (previously known as the first round) which consists of 32 games. These will be followed by the “third round” (previously known as the second round) of 16 games – also known as the Sweet Sixteen.

Schedules of March Madness 2011:

Selection Sunday: March 13, 2011

First Four – Opening Round Games: March 15-16, 2011 at the UD arena, University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio.

Second & Third Rounds: March 17-19, 2011.

Verizon Center, Washington D.C. (Hosted by Georgetown University)

McKale Center, Tucson, AZ (To be hosted by the University of Arizona)

Pepsi Center, Denver, CO (Hosted by Mountain West Conference)

St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa, FL (Hosted by the University of South Florida)

March 18-20, 2011

Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, OH (Hosted by the Cleveland State University)

Time Warner Cable Arena, Charlotte, NC (Hosted by the University of NC at Charlotte)

United Center, Chicago, IL (Hosted by Big Ten Conference)

BOK Center, Tulsa, OK (Hosted by University of Tulsa)

Regionals: March 24-26, 2011

West Regional: Honda Center, Anaheim, CA (Hosted by Big West Conference)

Southeast Regional: New Orleans Arena, New Orleans, LA (Hosted by Tulane University)

March 25-27, 2011

Southwest Regional: Alamodome, San Antonio, TX (Hosted by University of TX San Antonio)

East Regional: Prudential Center, Newark, NJ (Hosted by Seton Hall University)

Final Four: April 2, 2011 at the Reliant Stadium in Houston, TX

National Championship: April 4, 2011 at the Reliant Stadium in Houston, TX

With this, basketball fans who are thinking of going online for the March Madness Betting promos are in for some excitements and thrills! If one wishes to have the best experience with March Madness betting then go and sign-up in an online sportsbook if you haven’t.

With this, basketball fans who are thinking of going online for the March Madness betting promos are in for some excitements and thrills! If one wishes to have the best experience with March Madness Betting then go and sign-up in an online sportsbook if you haven’t.

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