In 2001, the NCAA Tournament was expanded from its traditional 64 teams to 65 teams to let one more at-large bid into the field. Instead of making the last teams in the field "play in" to the NCAAs though, the decision was made to have what were chosen as the two worst teams in the field play against each other for the right to play into the bracket as a No. 16 seed.
For 10 years, this was considered a great success, but the field was expanded again from 65 to 68 teams. Now, instead of having two teams play their way into the field to get a 16-seed, four teams are playing for two 16-seeds and four teams play for the No. 11 seeds. Furthermore, the NCAA is now punishing the teams that are the last four to get into the field by making them play into the dance as well. We've seen the "First Four" teams be lined as high as a No. 11 and as low as a No. 16, though that decision on an annual basis is up to the Selection Committee.
It's a good thing the field expanded when it did. In the very first year of the field of 68, VCU came from the First Four to the Final Four and Syracuse repeated the feat in 2016. Every single year since the NCAA Tournament was expanded in 2011, one of the teams who played in Dayton ultimately moved on to at least the Round of 32.
The First Four games for 2018 feature two of the top programs in the country in the UCLA Bruins and the Syracuse Orange. The Orange were one of the last teams selected for the 2018 NCAA Tournament but that doesn’t mean they can’t win a game or two in the big dance. The Orange are coached by Jim Boeheim who has had a lot of previous NCAA Tourney success. Let’s take a closer look at all four of the First Four games for March Madness.
No. 16 LIU Brooklyn vs. No. 16 Radford, 6:40 p.m. Eastern (truTV)
LIU Brooklyn finished 18-16 this season, while Radford finished 22-12. Brooklyn won the Northeast Conference and is coached by Derek Kellogg, who was at Massachusetts last season. Radford will be playing in the NCAA Tourney for the first time since 2009. Continue...
No. 11 St. Bonaventure vs. No. 11 UCLA, 9:10 p.m. Eastern (truTV)
The Bonnies finished second in the Atlantic 10 this season and received and at-large bid. The Bonnies went 25-7 this season, while the Bruins went 21-11. The Bruins are coming off a 78-67 loss to Arizona in the Pac-12 tourney. Continue...
No. 16 North Carolina Central vs. No. 16 Texas Southern, 6:40 p.m. Eastern (truTV)
Texas Southern -4.5
North Carolina Central went 19-15 this season, while Texas Southern finished 15-19. This will be the third NCAA Tourney appearance for NC Central in the last six years. Texas Southern will be making their fourth appearance in the last six seasons under head coach Mike Davis. Continue...
No. 11 Arizona State vs. No. 11 Syracuse, 9:10 p.m. Eastern (truTV)
Arizona State -1.5
The Sun Devils went 20-11 this season, while the Orange finished 20-13. The Orange are no stranger to the First Four, as two years ago they beat Saint Louis in Dayton and parlayed that win into a deep NCAA Tourney run, as they made it all the way to the Final Four. Continue...
The 2018 NCAA Tournament begins on Tuesday, March 13 with First Four action in Dayton, Ohio. There are two games on Tuesday and two games on Wednesday, March 14. The main action in March Madness begins on Thursday, March 15 with 16 games and continues on Friday, March 16 with 16 more games.
The No. 1 seeds for the 2018 NCAA Tournament are Virginia, Villanova, Xavier and Kansas. The Villanova Wildcats are the favorite to win the title at odds of +500. The Wildcats won the title two years ago under head coach Jay Wright. Villanova led the country this season in points per game this season, averaging just over 87 points per contest. Continue
March Madness is the name associated with the end-of-season NCAA Division I Basketball Championship tournament held every spring.
Also referred to as the Big Dance, this exciting playoff tournament has become one of the nation's most prominent sports betting events each year, driving CBS Sports and Turner Sports to strike an $11 billion deal with the NCAA for exclusive rights to broadcast the NCAA Tournament from 2011-2024.
You won't have to wait long to bet on some exciting action in the NCAA men's basketball tournament, as this year's March Madness will feature drama right off the bat.
While most fans will wait until Thursday's round of 64 to start betting on the March Madness tournaments, the tourney actually begins Tuesday with some intriguing battles in the First Four.
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The NCAA basketball Tournaments offer some of the best basketball betting action of the year and for millions of college basketball bettors, it increases the excitement of the March Madness betting action even more by getting involved in NCAA March Madness bracket Contest.
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College basketball fans watch eagerly to see if their teams advance to the next round.
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