Online SportsBooks Ready for NCAA Selection Sunday

Published Saturday, March 12, 2011 -

The Men's College Basketball Tournament in the USA known as NCAA Tournament March Madness starts in earnest with Selection Sunday on March 13th, 2011. When the bracket fields are published the betting begins.

The NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship is a three-week, 65-team tournament. 31 teams earn automatic bids by winning their conference championships. A 10-member Selection Committee invites 34 at-large teams based on their record, rankings, strength of schedule, signature wins and losses, and such. The Selection Committee ranks the teams 1-65, with the #1 overall seed deemed the best and #65 the worst. The teams are then divided into four regions – West, Midwest, South, and East – with 16 teams, seeded 1-16. Using a single-elimination format, the field of 64 is whittled down to 16 after the first weekend, and then down to four after the second, and eventually a champion on the first Tuesday in April. The 73rd Annual NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament will end this year on April 4th at the Reliant Stadium in Houston Texas with the final four three game seats court side going for around $3400.US. Less expensive seats can behind the baskets for around $400.US. Reliant Stadium has a seating capacity of 71,500, which is usually sold out for the championship match.

March Madness kicks off with the first round schedules to be played on March 15 and 16 at the University of Dayton Arena in Dayton, Ohio. The second and third rounds will be played on a four-day stretch from March 17 to 20 in different sites. The level of competition and excitement begins to escalate during the Regional tournaments as the remaining college teams pull out all the stops to make a Final Four appearance.
Picking favourite teams and brackets is a past time a large percentage of Americans take part in. The cost of the time wasted on watching and gambling on the tournament is estimated in the billions for American businesses, but what a great way to spend part of the day. 

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