The NCAA bracket 2011 finally has 64 slots filled. As such, the NCAA bracket 2011 is now set to get under way in full today. The First Four was largely ignored by fans, except for those in the participating schools. But it will be impossible to ignore the so-called second round, as the full field makes its debut. 32 favorites, would be sleepers, Cinderellas, and massive underdogs now begin to dance, with 16 teams to face a quick waltz. By tonight, the tone for the NCAA bracket 2011 should be set, in one tone or another.
The afternoon starts at 12:15 pm est on CBS, as West Virginia faces a Clemson team that already has a tournament win. This will test how the First Four format affected the Tigers, as they have less rest to work with than the Mountaineers.
The first stanza on the NCAA bracket 2011 also includes Butler vs Old Dominion at 12:40, Louisville vs Morehead State at 1:40, and Temple vs Penn State at 2:10. The Bulldogs and Monarchs’ battle will be watched closely, since they are two mid-major powers, and since the winner could pose a threat to Pitt on Saturday.
The next batch of games starts a half hour after the first four. Kentucky goes up against Princeton, while Pitt makes its debut vs UNC Asheville, Vanderbilt takes on Richmond, and San Diego State clashes with Northern Colorado. These matches have more clear cut favorites, although it is the first chance for major upsets to emerge.
At night, the NCAA bracket 2011 welcomes teams like Connecticut, Florida, BYU and Wisconsin. Florida faces UC Santa Barbara at 6:50, with BYU vs Wofford at 7:15, Connecticut vs Bucknell at 7:20, and Wisconsin vs Belmont at 7:27. Belmont is a popular upset pick, although there is doubt on how far BYU can go without Brandon Davies.
To wrap up the first full day, Cincinnati takes on Missouri, as Michigan State battles UCLA, St. John’s clashes with Gonzaga, and Kansas State faces Utah State. There are no tournament favorites in this group, but there could be several potential sleepers.
Once the NCAA bracket 2011 is updated at midnight, everyone will look for opening trends. If most of the favorites win, it will be treated as a sign that conventional wisdom could apply. But if there is a rash of upsets or scares, it would be taken as a sign that true March Madness is ahead. Most everyone would root for that, except for those who picked favorites in their pool.
Today and tomorrow are the busiest days on the NCAA bracket 2011, and as such, may be the most exciting days of the tournament. But that will depend on the kind of games that air today, as CBS, TruTV, TBS and TNT air every minute live.
ESPN- “NCAA Tournament Bracket – 2011”