2011 Final Four Overview & Notes

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This March, the seedings for the men’s and women’s NCAA tournaments will be announced, offering selected teams a clear path to the “Road to the Final Four.” This year, the men’s championship will be played in Houston while Indianapolis will host the women’s championship. Both events will keep fans glued to the tube or cheering on in packed arenas, enjoying the most important sporting events of early spring.

Defending Champions

The Duke Blue Devils won the men’s championship in 2010 and the Connecticut Huskies won the women’s championship. Both schools are expected to go deep in the tournament again this year although each may find it more difficult to repeat this year. The competition among the top teams has gotten stronger especially among the women.

Let’s take a look at the break down for both tournaments:

Men’s Tournament

  • Teams: 68
  • Selection Show: Sunday, March 13, 2011 @ 6 p.m. on ESPN
  • First Four: March 15 & 16 (at the University of Dayton arena)
  • Second Round: March 17 & 18
  • Third Round: March 19 & 20
  • NCAA Sweet 16: March 24 & 25
  • Elite Eight: March 26 & 27
  • Final Four: April 2 & 4

Women’s Tournament

  • Teams: 64
  • Selection Show: Monday, March 14, 2011 @ 7 p.m. on ESPN
  • First/Second Rounds: March 19-22
  • Regionals: March 26-29
  • Women’s Final Four: April 3 & 5

Final Four

Tickets & Packages

Final Four games are always a big media draw and will be that way again this year. Each tournament handles ticketing differently with the men’s tournament offering individual tickets and packages for all games, excepting for the Final Four games at Reliant Stadium which required fans to have filled out an application. The application period is over, having ended on May 31, 2010.

The women’s tournament sells tickets only for all games except the Final Four segment which includes the three games at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. Final four games are sold as packages — still available as of this writing — and can cost as much as $2,035 per person single occupancy  with a five-day, four-night stay at the Westin Indianapolis. Needless to say if you don’t want to stay in Indy for that long or pay the steep price, you’ll have to hope that tickets can be found elsewhere.

If you want tickets to the Men’s Final Four, they’re available — for a steep price. Scalping, where legal, will get you the tickets you want. Online sites such as eBay are among the places where ticket holders hawk their tickets.

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