The 2012 NCAA Tournament begins on Tuesday, March 13th with First Four action and concludes with the national championship game on Monday, April 2nd. Let’s look at the full schedule, TV notes, and other March Madness betting facts you need to know.
March Madness Betting Schedule
March 13th-14th – First Four Games
March 15th-16th – Second Round
March 17th-18th – Third Round
March 22nd-23rd – Sweet 16
March 24th-25th – Elite 8
March 31st – Final Four
April 2nd – National Championship
A total of 68 teams make the NCAA Tournament with four of them being eliminated before the real March Madness games begin on Thursday. The First Four games will be held in Dayton Ohio. Second round and third games will be played at the Rose Garden in Portland, Oregon, The Pit in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the KFC Yum Center in Louisville, Kentucky, the Nationwide Center in Columbus, Ohio, the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Nebraska, the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee and the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, North Carolina. So study the stats on how well your teams play in these locations before you go on your March Madness betting wave.
The Sweet 16 and Elite 8 are held at regional sites at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts, the US Airways Center in Phoenix, Arizona, the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, Missouri and the Georgia Dome in Atlanta Georgia.
The Final Four and the national championship game will be held at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana.
The First Four games will be shown on truTV. Second and third round games will be shown on CBS, TBS, TNT and truTV. The Sweet 16 and Elite 8 games will be on CBS and TBS while the Final Four and the title game are on CBS.
CBS has a total of 26 games, TBS has 16 games, TNT has 12 games and truTV has 13 games.
As you look to bet March Madness games there are a lot of things to consider but we’ll just focus on a couple of simple ones for now. In seven of the last eight years, the NCAA Tournament champion was ranked in the Top 20 in both offense and defense so look at the statistics before you pick your champion in the March Madness brackets. Make sure to pick at least one #12 seed to win their first game. At least one #12 seed has won a game in 21 of the past 23 tournaments.