HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 02: Kemba Walker #15, Charles Okwandu #35 and Alex Oriakhi #34 of the Connecticut Huskies celebrate after defeating the Kentucky Wildcats during the National Semifinal game of the 2011 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

NCAA Tournament 2011 Schedule: Title Game Tonight Pits Butler Vs. Connecticut In Compelling Match-Up

The NCAA Championship Game tips off tonight at 6:23 Pacific Time on CBS.

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NCAA Tournament Monday Schedule: Title Game Tonight Pits Butler Vs. Connecticut In Compelling Match-Up

The title game kicks off tonight: Butler makes its second straight title game appearance in a row against star Kemba Walker and U Conn. Butler will be looking to avenge last year's loss in the championship game to Duke. U Conn, meanwhile, will be looking to gift coach Jim Calhoun his third NCAA title.

Here's a look at the TV schedule for the final game of the 2011 NCAA Tournament:

Monday's 2011 NCAA Tournament TV schedule (Pacific Time)

6:23 p.m., CBS -- No. 8 Butler vs. No. 3 UConn

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NCAA Tournament Saturday Schedule: Final Four Features Kentucky-Connecticut And VCU-Butler In Must-See TV

Butler Connecticut. Kentucky. Virginia Commonwealth.

These are the last four teams standing in what has turned out to be a wildly unpredictable and very thrilling NCAA Tournament.  VCU, for example, was selected as one of the First Four and had to play an extra game just to make the field of 64. Now, they are in the Final Four and will take on Butler, a team that no one expected to see this late in the season after last year's loss in the National Championship Game, in Saturday's first game.

The second game features two teams that started playing their best basketball at the end of the season and that haven't looked back since. Both Kentucky and U Conn won their respective conference tournaments (the SEC and the Big East) and they will now play one another for the right to go to to the National Championship Game.

Here's a more detailed look at Saturday's must-watch Final Four schedule:

Saturday's 2011 NCAA Tournament TV schedule (Pacific Time)

3:09 p.m., CBS -- No. 11 VCU vs. No. 8 Butler, (Nantz/Kellogg/Kerr/Wolfson)

5:49 p.m., CBS -- No. 4 Kentucky vs. No. 3 UConn (Nantz/Kellogg/Kerr/Wolfson)

 

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March Madness resources: Printable Updated NCAA bracket

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NCAA Tournament Sunday Schedule: Kansas-VCU, North Carolina-Kentucky For Last Two Berths In Final Four

Saturday's March Madness bore witness to Butler claiming a second straight Final Four appearance and U Conn escaping Arizona in the final seconds. By the end of today, we will know who the other two Final Four teams will be.

Sunday's schedule features one-seed Kansas against upstart VCU and North Carolina against Kentucky

Sunday's 2011 NCAA Tournament TV time schedule (Pacific Time)

11:20 p.m., CBS -- Kansas Jayhawks vs. VCU Rams

2:05 p.m., CBS -- North Carolina Tar Heels vs. Kentucky Wildcats 

 

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March Madness resources: Printable Updated NCAA bracket

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NCAA Tournament Saturday Schedule: Florida-Butler, Connecticut-Arizona Play With Spots In Final Four At Stake

After Friday's action- which saw KansasKentuckyNorth Carolina and VCU all emerge victorious- the NCAA Tournament is down to its final eight teams. Of course, our hometown Arizona Wildcats punched their ticket to the Elite Eight by beating down one-seed Duke on Thursday in stunning fashion.

Confidence is running high in Arizona with 79 percent of readers in our poll picking the Wildcats to beat the Huskies and advance to the Final Four. It's certainly possible and it definitely should be a fun game. 

Saturday's schedule will decide two of the Final Four spots as Butler looks to reach its second straight Final Four against Florida and Arizona looks for its first Final Four appearance since it was runner-up in 2001 against U Conn:

Saturday's 2011 NCAA Tournament TV time schedule (Pacific Time)

1:30 p.m, CBS -- Florida Gators vs. Butler Bulldogs (Johnson/Elmore/Miller)

4:05 p.m., CBS -- Connecticut Huskies vs. Arizona Wildcats (Lundquist/Raftery/Visser)

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March Madness resources: Printable Updated NCAA Bracket

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NCAA Tournament Friday Schedule: Ohio State, Kansas and North Carolina All Play For Elite Eight Berths

On Thursday, four teams- including our hometown Arizona Wildcats- punched tickets to this year's Elite Eight.

Friday's schedule features four more sweet 16 games, with one-seeds Ohio State and Kansas as well as two-seed North Carolina in action:

Friday's 2011 NCAA Tournament TV time schedule (Pacific Time)

4:15 p.m, CBS -- North Carolina Tar Heels vs. Marquette Golden Eagles (Nantz/Kellogg/Wilson)

4:27 p.m., TBS -- Kansas Jayhawks vs. Richmond Spiders (Albert/Kerr/Sager)

6:45 p.m., CBS -- Ohio State Buckeyes vs. Kentucky Wildcats (Nantz/Kellogg/Wilson)

6:57 p.m. TBS -- Florida State Seminoles vs. Virginia Commonwealth Rams (Albert/Kerr/Sager)

 

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March Madness resources: Printable Updated NCAA Tournament Bracket

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NCAA Tournament Thursday Schedule: Four Sweet 16 Match-Ups On Tap, Including Arizona-Duke and Florida-BYU

The Sweet 16 begins today as eight teams do battle for four spots in the Elite Eight, and our own Arizona Wildcats will be looking for their first Elite Eight appearance since 2005. Standing in their way, though, stands one-seed Duke. 

Thursday's schedule also features the surprising Butler BulldogsU Conn's Kemba Walker and BYU's Jimmer Fredette:

Thursday's 2011 NCAA Tournament TV time schedule (Pacific Time)

4:15 p.m, CBS -- San Diego State Aztecs vs. Connecticut Huskies Lundquist/Raftery/Visser

4:27 p.m., TBS -- Florida vs. BYU Cougars Johnson/Elmore/Miller/Snider

6:45 p.m., CBS -- Duke Blue Devils vs. Arizona Wildcats Lundquist/Raftery/Visser

6:57 p.m. TBS -- Wisconsin Badgers vs. Butler Bulldogs Johnson/Elmore/Miller

 

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March Madness resources: Printable 2011 NCAA Tournament bracket

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NCAA Tournament Sunday Schedule: 16 Teams- Including Arizona and Texas- Vie For Remaining Sweet Sixteen Spots

Sunday will see the conclusion of this year's round of 32 as 16 teams look to punch their spots in this year's Sweet Sixteen.

Sunday's schedule features eight games total, with intriguing match-ups Texas-ArizonaDuke-Michiga, and North Carolina-Washington all lining the docket:

Sunday's 2011 NCAA Tournament TV time schedule

9:15 a.m., CBS -- No. 2 North Carolina Tar Heels vs. No. 7 Washington Huskies (Jim Nantz, Clark Kellogg, Tracy Wolfson)

11:45 a.m., CBS -- No. 1 Duke Blue Devils vs. No. 8 Michigan Wolverines (Jim Nantz, Clark Kellogg, Tracy Wolfson)

2:15 p.m.., CBS -- No. 1 Ohio State Buckeyes vs. No. 8 George Mason Patriots (Gus Johnson, Len Elmore, Marty Snider)

3:10 p.m., TNT -- No. 4 Texas Longhorns vs. No. 5 Arizona Wildcats (Marv Albert, Steve Kerr, Craig Sager)

4:10 p.m., TBS -- No. 3 Purdue Boilermakers vs. No. 11 VCU (Spero Dedes, Bob Wenzel, Jamie Maggio)

4:45 p.m., truTV -- No. 3 Syracuse vs. No. 11 Marquette (Gus Johnson, Len Elmore, Marty Snider)

5:40 p.m., TNT -- No. 1 Kansas Jayhawks vs. No. 9 llinois Fighting Illini (Marv Albert, Steve Kerr, Craig Sager)

6:40 p.m., TBS -- No. 2 Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. No. 10 Florida State Seminoles (Spero Dedes, Bob Wenzel, Jamie Maggio)

To help you find truTV in your area, we've put together this handy channel guide.

  • Dish Network - 204 (SD/HD) and 9430 (HD)
  • Direct TV - 246 (SD) and 246-1 (HD, NCAA Coverage Only)
  • Cox Communication - 45 (SD) / 745 (HD)
  • Qwest Choice TV - 54 (SD)

 

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March Madness resources: Printable 2011 NCAA Tournament bracket...Full 2011 NCAA Tournament schedule.

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NCAA Tournament Saturday Schedule: Round of 32 Commences With Pittsburgh, Florida And BYU All In Action

After two days filled with close victories and huge upsets, Saturday promises more NCAA Tournament excitement as the final 32 teams battle for spots in the Sweet Sixteen.

Saturday's schedule features eight games total, including several intriguing match-ups such as Kentucky-West VirginiaRichmond-Morehead State and Wisconsin-Kansas State:

SATURDAY, MARCH 19

9:15 a.m., CBS, Tampa -- No. 4 Kentucky vs. No. 5 West Virginia (Ian Eagle/Jim Spanarkel//David Aldridge)

11:45 a.m., CBS, Tampa -- No. 2 Florida vs. No. 7 UCLA (Ian Eagle/Jim Spanarkel//David Aldridge)

2:15 p.m., CBS, Denver -- No. 12 Richmond vs. No. 13 Morehead St. (Verne Lundquist/Bill Raftery//Lesley Visser)

3:10 p.m., TNT, Tucson -- No. 2 San Diego St. vs. No. 7 Temple (Kevin Harlan/Reggie Miller/Dan Bonner//Sam Ryan)

4:10 p.m., TBS, Wash. DC -- No. 1 Pittsburgh vs. No. 8 Butler (Tim Brando/Mike Gminski//Lewis Johnson)

4:45 p.m., CBS, Denver -- No. 3 BYU vs. No. 11 Gonzaga (Verne Lundquist/Bill Raftery//Lesley Visser)

5:40 p.m., TNT, Tucson -- No. 4 Wisconsin vs. No. 5 Kansas St. (Kevin Harlan/Reggie Miller/Dan Bonner//Sam Ryan)

6:40 p.m., TBS, Wash. DC -- No. 3 Connecticut vs. No. 6 Cincinnati (Tim Brando/Mike Gminski//Lewis Johnson)

 

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March Madness resources: Printable 2011 NCAA Tournament bracket...Full 2011 NCAA Tournament schedule

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NCAA Tournament Bracket Update: Texas Advances, Thursday Recap

The Texas Longhorns survived an incredible Oakland Grizzlies rally, defeating the Michigan-based school 85-81 in early NCAA Tournament action on Friday afternoon. Oakland was working to continue the bracket-busting trend that began yesterday with an incredible opening day of March Madness.

Thursday had it all: buzzer beaters, huge upsets, and scares for other highly-seeded teams. The Butler Bulldogs kicked off the madness when Matt Howard hit a layup as the horn sounded to defeat the tough Old Dominion Monarchs, 60-58.

Morehead State was the talk of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday, stunning Rick Pitino and the 4th-seeded Louisville Cardinals 62-61. The Eagles were led by Terrance Hill, who scored 23 points. Kenneth Faried played an incredible game, grabbing 17 rebounds to pace all players.

The Eagles advanced as a 13 seed to play the Richmond Spiders, the 12 seed that took care of business against the Vanderbilt Commodores. This is the second time in three years that a 12 and a 13 seed will meet in the second round of the NCAA Tournament (12th-seeded Arizona defeated 13th-seeded Cleveland State 71-57 in 2009).

The Gonzaga Bulldogs also defeated a Big East team, felling St. John's in convincing fashion, 86-71. All in all, the tournament has been everything you could have asked for so far, and the madness has only just begun. Will Notre Dame be able to hold off the Akron Zips? Time will tell.

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NCAA Tournament Friday Schedule: High Seeds Look To Avoid Being Bracket Upsets

Thursday's NCAA Tournament schedule did not disappoint, with almost half of the 16 games (seven, to be exact) coming down to the final few seconds. Friday's schedule looks to be just as intriguing as several upset-minded underdogs (including OaklandMemphisMarquette, and Virginia Commonwealth) take the court looking to bust some brackets. Three of the four one-seeds (Ohio StateKansas, and Duke) will also be in action today.

The Arizona Wildcats will be the featured game for us, check here for full coverage of the Arizona-Memphis match up.

Here's Friday's full NCAA schedule:

FRIDAY MORNING/AFTERNOON, MARCH 18 (9:00 AM-2:00 PM, MST)   

9:15, CBS, Tulsa -- Texas vs. Oakland (Marv Albert/Steve Kerr)

9:40, truTV, Charlotte -- Michigan vs. Tennessee (Nantz/Kellogg)

10:40, TBS, Chicago -- Notre Dame vs. Akron (Spero Dedes/Bob Wenzel)

11:10, TNT, Cleveland -- George Mason vs. Villanova (Gus Johnson/Len Elmore)

11:45, CBS, Tulsa -- Arizona vs. Memphis (Albert/Kerr)

12:10, truTV, Charlotte -- Duke vs. Hampton (Nantz/Kellogg)

1:10, TBS, Chicago -- Texas A&M vs. Florida St. (Dedes/Wenzel)

1:40, TNT, Cleveland -- Ohio St. vs. UTSA/Alabama St. (Johnson/Elmore)

FRIDAY EVENING, MARCH 18 (3:30 -7:00 PM, MST) 

3:50, TBS, Tulsa -- Kansas vs. Boston U. (Marv Albert/Steve Kerr)

4:15, CBS, Charlotte -- North Carolina vs. Long Island (Jim Nantz/Clark Kellogg)

4:20, TNT, Chicago -- Purdue vs. St. Peter's (Spero Dedes/Bob Wenzel)

4:27, truTV, Cleveland --   Xavier vs. Marquette (Gus Johnson/Len Elmore)

6:20, TBS, Tulsa -- UNLV vs. Illinois (Marv Albert/Steve Kerr)

6:45, CBS, Charlotte -- Washington vs. Georgia (Jim Nantz/Clark Kellogg)

6:50, TNT, Chicago -- Georgetown vs. VCU (Spero Dedes/Bob Wenzel)

6:57, truTV, Cleveland -- Syracuse vs. Indiana St. (Gus Johnson/Len Elmore)

To help you find truTV in your area, we've put together this handy channel guide.

  • Dish Network - 204 (SD/HD) and 9430 (HD)
  • Direct TV - 246 (SD) and 246-1 (HD, NCAA Coverage Only)
  • Cox Communication - 45 (SD) / 745 (HD)
  • Qwest Choice TV - 54 (SD)

Check back here daily for the day's NCAA Tournament schedule.

March Madness resources: Printable 2011 NCAA Tournament bracket...Full 2011 NCAA Tournament schedule.

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NBA Prospects Viewing Guide For The NCAA Tournament

For lovers of basketball at its highest form, the NCAA Tournament can be a frustrating slog through some pretty ugly play. Picking teams in your bracket is fun and of course rooting for "your" team is a must, but for many people March Madness is all about watching the NBA Prospects. Basketball fans in Cleveland and Detroit will be keeping a close eye on those top prospects while here in Arizona we are eyeballing players projected to go anywhere from 13 to 25 in the up-coming NBA Draft.

For those NBA Draft loving, prospect watchers we have put together a viewing guide just for you. Today's action includes three of the bigger names in this year's draft discussion: Jimmer Fredette (BYU), Kemba Walker (UCONN) and Kawhi Leonard (SDSU) are all in action today along with a handful of other guys that should be playing in the NBA next season.

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No. 9 Terrence Jones
No. 16 Brandon Knight, Kentucky vs. Princeton (2:45 PM, CBS)

Jones and Knight are John Calipari's latest one-and-done prospects. Jones is a bombastic scorer in the mold of early Paul Pierce. Knight is the embattled Kentucky guard who is far more Tyreke Evans than John Wall, only smaller than both. Bonus! Ian Eagle and Jim Spanarkel will likely discuss ineligible Kentucky frosh Enes Kanter, No. 8 on DX's board.

No. 25 Jeff Taylor, Vanderbilt vs. Richmond (4:10 PM, TBS)
The junior Commodore is one of the SEC's better scorers, but needs to show more perimeter polish to move up draft boards.

No. 13 Kawhi Leonard, San Diego State vs. North Colorado (4:40 PM, TNT)
We wrote about Leonard on Wednesday.

No. 27 Patric Young, Florida vs. UC Santa Barbara (6:50 PM, TBS)
Young is Billy Donovan's latest young big man plays under 20 minutes per game, but is a physical specimen in the mold of Al Horford. Keep an eye on him when he's in the game.

No. 17 Jimmer Fredette, BYU vs. Wofford (7:15 PM, CBS)
You know all about The Jimmer, BYU's extraordinary scorer. Is he J.J. Redick? Adam Morrison? Ray Allen? Watch and make up your own mind!

No. 7 Kemba Walker, Connecticut vs. Bucknell (7:20 PM, TNT)
We wrote about Walker on Monday.

March Madness resources: Printable 2011 NCAA Tournament bracket ... Full 2011 NCAA Tournament schedule.

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Thursday Docket Filled With 16 NCAA Games

Finally, the moment that everyone has been waiting for since Selection Sunday has arrived. Put away your (hopefully completed) brackets, plop down in front of a TV, and enjoy some March Madness with today's 16 NCAA tournament games:

THURSDAY AFTERNOON, MARCH 17 (9:00 Noon-3:00 PM AZT)  

9:15, CBS, Tampa -- West Virginia vs. UAB/Clemson (Ian Eagle/Jim Spanarkel)

9:40, truTV, Wash. D.C. -- Butler vs. Old Dominion (Tim Brando/Mike Gminski)

10:40, TBS, Denver--I Louisville vs. Morehead St. (Verne Lundquist/Bill Raftery)

11:10, TNT, Tucson -- Temple vs. Penn St. (Kevin Harlan/Reggie Miller/Dan Bonner)

11:45, CBS, Tampa -- Kentucky vs. Princeton (Ian Eagle/Jim Spanarkel)

12:10, truTV, Wash. D.C. -- Pittsburgh vs. Asheville/Ark-LR (Tim Brando/Mike Gminski)

1:10, TBS, Denver -- Vanderbilt vs. Richmond (Verne Lundquist/Bill Raftery)

1:40, TNT, Tucson -- San Diego St. vs. Northern Colorado (Kevin Harlan/Reggie Miller/Dan Bonner)

THURSDAY EVENING, MARCH 17 (3:30 - 9:00 PM, AZT)

3:50, TBS, Tampa -- Florida vs. UC Santa Barbara (Ian Eagle/Jim Spanarkel)

4:15, CBS, Denver -- BYU vs. Wofford (Verne Lundquist/Bill Raftery) 

4:20, TNT, Wash D.C. -- Connecticut vs. Bucknell (Tim Brando/Mike Gminski)

4:27, truTV, Tucson -- Wisconsin vs. Belmont (Kevin Harlan/Reggie Miller/Dan Bonner)

6:20, TBS, Tampa -- UCLA vs. Michigan St. (Ian Eagle/Jim Spanarkel)

6:45, CBS, Denver -- St. John's vs. Gonzaga (Verne Lundquist/Bill Raftery) 

6:45, TNT, Wash. D.C. -- Cincinnati vs. Missouri (Tim Brando/Mike Gminski)

6:57, truTV, Tucson -- Kansas St. vs. Utah St. (Kevin Harlan/Reggie Miller/Dan Bonner)

 

March Madness resources: Printable 2011 NCAA Tournament bracket ... Full 2011 NCAA Tournament schedule.

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Wednesday's Schedule Features Last Two Play-In Games

UNC- Asheville and Clemson claimed their spots in the field of 64 with wins on Tuesday.

Today's schedule features the final two play-in games:

6:40 p.m., truTV, DaytonTexas- San Antonio vs.Alabama State. The winner of this game gets to take on the overall top seed Ohio State.

9:10 p.m., truTV, DaytonSouthern California vs. Virginia Commonwealth. These two teams will square off for the right to face Georgetown, the Southwest's six seed. Georgetown enters the Tournament limping, having lost four straight games. The victor of this game may be poised for an upset...

Check back here daily for the day's NCAA Tournament schedule.

To help you find truTV in your area, we've put together this handy channel guide.

  • Dish Network - 204 (SD/HD) and 9430 (HD)
  • Direct TV - 246 (SD) and 246-1 (HD, NCAA Coverage Only)
  • Cox Communication - 45 (SD) / 745 (HD)
  • Qwest Choice TV - 54 (SD)
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